Michelle Winters, AHS Executive Director, explains the acronyms commonly used when talking about affordable housing in Arlington.
A coalition of experts and advocates urges the County Board to pursue strategies to meet the production goals set out in Arlington's Affordable Housing Master Plan
In a recent Progressive Voice column for ARLNow, our Executive Director Michelle Winters had the opportunity to weigh in on how we are doing two years after the Affordable Housing Master Plan was created. In the column, Michelle discusses the loss of critical market-rate affordable units, the worsening political environment, and the shortage of funding in the context of the Arlington housing market.
One of the biggest drivers of cost for housing is size, and when it comes to single-family homes, square footage has been on the rise nationwide for decades. If larger sizes drive up costs, then smaller sizes could help reduce them, potentially producing more affordable or moderately-priced options for people in our community. Smaller housing options such as tiny homes, cottage housing, and detached accessory dwellings are one part of the vital missing middle housing.
Arlington held a community forum to discuss options for updates to the County's Accessory Dwelling Ordinance.
Housing affordability concerns in Arlington have reached the point where households higher and higher on the income scale are affected.
View presentations from AHS's State of Affordable Housing event, and browse the gallery
As Arlington's Affordable Housing Master Plan was approaching a vote by the County Board in fall of 2015, AHS reached out to its mailing list with a Q&A on the plan, urging support, links to key documents, and a call to action. AHS also ran two full-page ads (click on an image below for a larger view) in the Arlington Sun Gazette (September 10 and 17, 2015) to provide information to the larger Arlington community. The County Board adopted the AHMP after a September 19 hearing (more on that hearing, with link to video, here).
Answers to 6 key questions about AHMP . . .