Public Outreach Summary

In 2019, community engagement efforts, including survey responses, reached over 1,900 people.

• 16 Community Listening Sessions (178 people)
• 6 Stakeholder Group Sessions (52 people)
• 8 Public Meetings (189 people)

• Survey Responses (700 people)
• 25 Speaking Engagements &
Community Events (909)

Findings

In the spring and summer of 2019, PHA began engaging with communities across the region to better understand their housing challenges. From listening sessions at churches to conversations with young professionals, input was gathered to reflect the wide spectrum of housing needs. After months of outreach—both in-person and online—we were able to reach over 1,900 people in the Richmond Region. Their vital input has helped to inform the goals, solutions, and priorities that make up
the Framework.

Public Meetings

8 public meetings were held across the Richmond region from May to June in 2019. At the first round of meetings, residents discussed the biggest challenges that they face as it relates to housing, in addition to listing the community values that are most important to them.

Survey Respondents

• 323, or 48% of respondents, had a household income of $25,000 or below.
• 16% of respondents had households incomes between $25,000-$49,000.
• 68% of survey respondents reside in the City of Richmond.
• Black respondents accounted for 62% of responses, compared to 34% for White respondents and 2% for Latino respondents.

Common Values

• Affordability
• Equity
• Inclusiveness
• Safety
• Schools
• Social Responsibility

Suggested Solutions

The following solutions were proposed by community members during our initial engagement process. These solutions, and many others, have been adapted into the Richmond Regional Housing Framework.

Priority Strategies

• Support the Community Land Trust Model
• Allow/Support Accessory Dwelling Units
• Advertise and Expand Tax Relief for Seniors
• Change rental screening standards to allow for more felons, lower credit scores, and prior eviction judgements
• Inclusionary Zoning
• Manufactured Housing
• Diverse Housing Types
• Increase density in housing
• Increase transit-oriented development/transit ready development
• Focus on existing stock of housing/rehab loans and grants
• Rentals for seniors and persons with disabilities
• Allow for smaller lots/homes/developments
• Build civic infrastructure and advocacy around issues

Additional Strategies Recommended

• Mixed-income partnerships between private and non-profit developers
• 3D printed homes/production innovation
• Establish a fund for post-closing assistance
• Consumer education around predatory practices
• Navigation help for seniors living alone
• Incentivize landlords to not sell properties or sell to residents in the community
• Address bias in the rental process

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