The 2018 Leckey Forum explored both the history of segregation in Arlington and solutions for making our neighborhoods more inclusive.
The Fair Housing Act was passed fifty years ago, yet America’s neighborhoods remain deeply segregated along racial lines. Author Richard Rothstein argues that this divide is the direct result of government policies, some of which are relegated to the past and others that are still in place today.
Watch the full keynote and panels from our 2016 Leckey Forum
Is it time to focus on how Arlington's housing market works for its middle-income population?
What can design, and financial and regulatory initiatives do to better serve downsizing seniors, young people, growing families, and newcomers to the community experiencing sticker shock?
AHS convened experts and community members at the Clarendon Ballroom on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design provided an inspiring keynote defining Missing Middle Housing (link to the video or slidepresentation), and we heard from panelists on planning/zoning and financial considerations (see video at Making Room for Missing Middle Housing and Making the Numbers Work).
Speakers (see program for bios):
Erik Gutshall, Clarendon Home Services, and Arlington Planning Commission
Bob Brosnan, Catholic University
Scott Matties, Cunningham | Quill Architects
Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces
Robert Burns, City First Enterprises, and Grounded Solutions Network
Richard Donohoe, Fidelity Bank Mortgage
Steven Cover, Arlington Community Planning, Housing, and Development
Noemi Riveira, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
David DeCamp, D2 Partners, LLC
Michael Geary, Geary-O'Hara Family Foundation
Guests were treated to a preview of our missing middle design gallery.
AHS developed its 2015 Leckey Affordable Housing Forum as a "teach in" on current affordable housing issues in Arlington. [See all previous Leckey Forum topics.]
Link to the program with speaker bios. Link to presenter slides from the blue titles below.
Financing the Deal: Tax Credits and the AHIF
The Basics of Low Income Housing Tax Credits---Michael Scheurer, Vice President, Cornerstone Housing Development Corp.
Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF)---Yoomie Ahn, Housing Development Supervisor, Arlington County
General Land Use Plan and Zoning Issues
Achieving Affordable Housing: Role of the General Land Use Plan and Zoning---Susan Ingraham Bell, Planning and Zoning Consultant
Market Rate Development and Affordable Housing in Arlington County---Kedrick Whitmore, Venable LLP
The Public--Private Partnership
The Public--Private Partnership---Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH and David Cristeal, Housing Director, Arlington County
Housing in Community
Home Buying in Arlington---Reverend Jon Smoot, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Karen Serfis, Executive Director, Arlington Home Ownership Made Easier (AHOME)
Community Facilities Study (CFS) Update and Housing Implications---Ginger Brown, Vice Chair, CFS Working Group
Educational Support Programs in Affordable Housing: Building Successful Families and Neighborhoods through Resident Services---Kathie Panfil, Board Member, APAH and Edu-Futuro and Jennifer Endo, Resident Services Director, AHC Inc.