At ‘State of Housing’ event, Partnership for Housing Affordability lauds progress despite challenges
Amid a worsening housing affordability crisis, a local nonprofit says the Richmond region has made strides toward key goals despite a 12% increase in home prices last year.
About 75 people gathered Thursday for the Partnership for Housing Affordability’s “State of Housing in the Richmond Region” event, marking the two-year anniversary of the release of its Regional Housing Framework. The nonprofit’s leadership lauded housing initiatives underway or completed since then, and praised what they said was a clear commitment from the region’s biggest localities to address the overarching challenges.
“There’s been a lot of amazing progress that has been made already, a lot of collaboration in our region, but we should not lose sight of how much work we still have to do collectively,” said Bernard Harkless, a partner with developer Lynx Ventures and chair of the Partnership for Housing Affordability’s Board.
The framework recommended short- and long-term goals to meet an array of housing needs in Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover counties and the town of Ashland.