Through coordination, education, and leadership, we champion affordable housing policies and developments that meet the needs of all citizens and strengthen the region’s economic vitality, attractiveness, and competitiveness.


The Partnership for Housing Affordability was founded in 2004 and was established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 2006 to create awareness about affordable housing issues and to help to provide solutions with the support of concerned citizens and community and business leaders.

The Partnership envisions a coordinated, regional approach to affordable housing that is supported by the citizens and elected leadership of the jurisdictions that make up the Richmond metropolitan area. With the commitment of needed resources and the adoption of necessary policies by local leaders, Richmond residents can live in vibrant and sustainable communities, characterized by a breadth of diversity among the residents, a variety of affordable housing choices, the integration of needed services, efficient use of the public infrastructure, and strategic preservation of natural resources.

Issues We Are Watching

The challenge for us as a community is to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of sustainable affordable housing options in our region. State and local governments can use a variety of policies and programs to address the affordable housing challenge.

Local Issues

• Affordable Dwelling Unit Ordinances
• Cash Proffers and Impact Fees
• Community Land Trusts
• Land Banks
• Local Housing Trust Funds
• Mixed-Income/Mixed Use Development
• Revitalization Zones

State Issues

• Tax Incentives for Housing
• Rental Assistance Programs
• State Housing Trust Fund

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