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 Week.

About 140 people attended the event at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.

Quality, affordable housing can help create healthy living situations and lifestyles, said Ashley Hall, a keynote speaker and manager of the Capital Region Collaborative, an effort involving government, business and the community to identify and implement priorities to enhance the quality of life in the Richmond area.

What’s more, it has the potential to have a positive effect on children and their educational success, Hall said.

She noted how 88.4 percent of high school students in the region graduate. “That leaves 1,300 kids without the skills they need to move forward.”