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Nonprofit to revitalize mobile home park on Route 1

BY JIM MCCONNELL SENIOR WRITER When Chesterfield County set out three years ago to begin implementing a new blueprint for the revitalization of northern Jefferson Davis Highway, citizens cautioned against approving redevelopment projects that would… more

Strong market, robust evictions defined housing in Henrico last year

Last summer, Realtor Shakeema Daniels of ICON Realty, helped a client through the difficult housing market. Only after six offers on various homes – and missing out on the chance to make offers on five… more

Nonprofit to release one-year progress report on regional housing framework

New housing hotline launches in Central Virginia

By Daniel Heffner RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Partnership for Housing Affordability launched the Housing Resource Line, a new housing hotline, on Sept. 1. The hotline is designed to be a one-stop-shop for people in… more

New housing hotline opens to connect people, resources

A new hotline is accepting calls to help people get information about housing faster and more conveniently, it has been announced. The hotline number: (804) 422-5061. Operators are available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday… more

Debate around statewide definition of affordable housing belies larger crisis

Long before the COVID-19 recession put millions of Virginians on the precipice of losing their homes, the commonwealth already suffered from the country’s worst eviction epidemic. After five Virginia cities landed in the top 10 of Princeton… more

Housing Hotline

Partnership for Housing Affordability’s new Housing Resource Line connects callers to essential services By Rodrigo Arriaza It’s not always easy to know where to turn for assistance during a housing crisis, but a new regional… more

Stoney to pitch Richmond City Council on dedicated revenue for affordable housing, release new housing plan

To meet growing needs, Mayor Levar Stoney said Tuesday that he will pitch the City Council on dedicating millions more annually to Richmond’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. If approved, his proposal would lockbox new tax… more

Richmond mayoral candidates square off virtually in first forum of campaign

In a year of turmoil, Richmond’s mayoral candidates shared their respective ideas Tuesday on how to build a more equitable city in the wake of months of civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The ideas… more

Richmond mayor, council members commit to interfaith group’s affordable housing, violence reduction objectives

By Chris Suarez In a Zoom conference call with more than 430 participants Monday evening, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and three City Council members committed to boosting annual funding to address housing insecurity in the… more

Demonstration focuses on gentrification, evictions and the quality of black lives

By WAYNE EPPS JR. and ALI SULLIVAN Richmond Times-Dispatch As Omari Al-Qadaffi, a local organizer, spoke to more than 100 people Thursday evening in Richmond, he implored that it’s not simply that “black lives matter.”… more

Fearing wave of evictions, advocates press Richmond City Council to up investment in affordable housing

By MARK ROBINSON Richmond Times-Dispatch In the middle of a pandemic many fear will cost families their homes, advocates on Monday pressed the Richmond City Council to steer more dollars to affordable housing for residents.… more

A Place to Live

A regional ‘framework’ outlines housing needs and suggests solutions by Rodrigo Arriaza Stable housing is a key to building a healthy and successful life, experts say — but the region has a long way to… more

A Place to Call Your Own

Housing advocates, pro bono lawyers and city leaders work to address the root causes of eviction and develop solutions by Rodrigo Arriaza On Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., “Who’s Putting Our House in… more

County grapples with shortage of affordable housing

New report highlights affordability issues in Chesterfield, region by JIM MCCONNELL In presenting its new report on regional housing last week, the Partnership for Housing Affordability confirmed what Chesterfield County officials have long known: The Richmond… more

HDA Helps Launch an Innovative Approach to Community Housing Planning

HDA Helps Launch an Innovative Approach to Community Housing Planning by HDAdvisors On January 15, the Partnership for Housing Affordability unveiled the Richmond Regional Housing Framework to a standing room only crowd of 200 elected… more

Barriers to housing abound in Virginia. Can these bills help break them down?

Barriers to housing abound in Virginia. Can these bills help break them down? By Wyatt Gordon Since Governor Ralph Northam’s historic 3.7 billion dollar rail deal, eyes from across the country have been focused on Virginia’s attempt to… more

Elizabeth Hancock Greenfield column: For a brighter future in the Richmond region, we need to start with housing

Elizabeth Hancock Greenfield column: For a brighter future in the Richmond region, we need to start with housing. By Elizabeth Hancock Greenfield January is filled with resolutions as we look forward to all the possibilities… more

Affordable Housing: A Key Element of Economic Development

Affordable Housing: A Key Element of Economic Development By Lara Fritts A few months ago, I was talking with a fellow economic development professional who asked me, why I cared about affordable housing because in… more

Nonprofit regional partnership works to tackle housing affordability issues

Nonprofit regional partnership works to tackle housing affordability issues by Jeremy M. Lazarus Soaring housing costs are leaving tens of thousands of families across the Richmond region hard-pressed to pay the rent or purchase a residence.… more

Action Plan To Increase Affordable Housing In Richmond Region Released

Action Plan To Increase Affordable Housing In Richmond Region Released By Yasmine Jumaa Representatives from local government joined the Partnership for Housing Affordability on Wednesday to unveil the region’s first framework to address the lack of… more

Amid rising rents and home prices, new framework emphasizes regional approach to housing challenges

Amid rising rents and home prices, new framework emphasizes regional approach to housing challenges By MARK ROBINSON Richmond Times-Dispatch Median rents in the Richmond region increased by 20% over the past decade, while average income… more

Good morning, RVA: ERA, a regional housing framework, and a redistricting update

From Good Morning RVA The Partnership for Housing Affordability has released their Richmond Regional Housing Framework, and you can download a PDF summary here. First, the region decides to work together on transportation, and now they’ve decide they’ll… more

A Regional Challenge

Housing organizers present data they hope will be a game changer for policymakers. BY SARAH KING The Partnership for Affordable Housing unveiled a solutions-oriented regional framework for the next three years to a crowd of close… more

The Housing Gap

A regional effort to address affordable housing needs is under way with two rounds of meetings in Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico — the first to discuss housing challenges and the… more

Richmond Nonprofit Leading Efforts To Create A Regional Affordable Housing Plan

Local governments, nonprofits and developers are coming to the table to create the first-ever affordable housing plan for the Richmond region. The Partnership for Housing Affordability, a nonprofit managed by the Richmond Realtors Association, is… more

Nonprofit aims to increase affordable housing options in Richmond area

A local nonprofit is seeking community input on how to create affordable housing in the Richmond area. The Partnership for Housing Affordability, managed by the Richmond Association of Realtors, said this week it is holding… more

Regional Plan Targets Affordability Issues

HANOVER — The mention of affordable housing conjures a variety of images and responses, some of them not as complimentary as others, but the problem is real and growing in the Commonwealth and across the… more

Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County

An acclaimed, award-winning journalist, producer and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi – who has built a reputation with playful and provocative HBO documentaries about George Bush, Ted Haggard and the American electorate – shifts her focus to… more

RVA Snapshot Looks at Economic Indicators and How They Tie Into Housing

Economic prosperity and quality of life in the Richmond area and how those factors tie into housing was the focus Tuesday morning at a forum presented as part of the ninth annual Affordable Housing Awareness… more

Fox and Elswick: Regional Data Can Spur Progress

The Richmond Region is an incredible place to call home. The list of accolades for our community is growing every day. The world is noticing us and we should be proud. But to continue our… more

‘Snapshot’ to track regional social, economic indicators

There’s an oft-repeated joke about Richmonders changing a light bulb. It takes four, you see, one to change the bulb and three to talk about how great the old one was. That well-worn bit about… more

New site from VCU shows region from a ‘MetroView’

Area real estate agents, developers and planners have a new tool to track regional land use and development trends. A new website developed by the VCU Center for Urban and Regional Analysis compiles land use… more

Lafayette: What do we need in our next mayor?

In November of this year, with the mayoral election, Richmonders will hire a new leader for our city. Between now and then, we will hear several names of potential candidates; and eventually two — possibly… more

Laura Lafayette: Richmond Realtors Leader Stresses Affordable Housing

Laura Lafayette, once a divinity graduate student and now CEO of the Richmond Association of Realtors, is a champion for affordable housing. “Where a child is born should not determine the quality of life,” she… more

Long-Dormant Richmond Trust Fund Pays First Dividends in Support of Low-Income Housing

In a stone courtyard flanked by well-kept apartment units adjacent to an intersection that was once an open-air drug market, Richmond Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson beamed. The complex that hosted a throng of city officials,… more

More Than Shelter

In April of this year, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority opened its waiting list for what officially are called “housing choice vouchers” but are commonly known as Section 8 vouchers. They allow a person living in… more

Study Cites Lack of Affordable Housing in Area

After Venita Walker pays the rent and utilities on her modest, three-bedroom brick house in South Richmond, she barely has enough money to make it through the month. Walker, a teacher’s aide who also works… more

Joint Effort Needed to Tackle Affordable Housing Issues

A multipronged strategy and regional collaboration will be needed to ensure affordable housing for the Richmond area, according to a report released Tuesday to address current and future housing needs for the region. About 35… more

Lafayette: Diverse neighborhoods, stronger schools

I have a mantra: “People don’t buy a house until they’ve first bought into a community’s quality of life.” That’s a fairly apt saying, given that I work for 4,000 Realtors. Implicit in the mantra… more

Boston Linkage Fee for Large-Scale Developments Produces Jobs and Housing

If meeting a growing demand for early education professionals by providing education and skill building programs to Boston residents wanting to enter the field and improve their earning potential seems like a win-win proposition, the… more

New Properties on the Map for Nonprofits

Under a change in state law last month, Richmond nonprofits now have easier access to a new pool of hundreds of properties around the city of Richmond for potential acquisition and renovation. A bill was signed… more

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