Public Outreach Summary

From March to September 2019, community engagement efforts, including survey responses, have reached 1,600 people.

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

• Survey Responses (502 people)
• Community Events (200 people)
• 16 Speaking Engagements (554 people)

Who Participated?

• Residents of City of Richmond 63%; Residents of Henrico County 15%; Residents of Hanover 8%; Residents of Chesterfield 11%
• 35% household income >$75k; 13% household income $50k-$74,999; 16% household income $25k-$49,999; 36% household income <$25k
• 47% White, 49% Black, 2% Hispanic/Latinx

How did attendees want to be involved?

• Attend public hearings in support of strategies 30%
• Write your elected official in support of specific strategies 14%
• Become an affordable housing ambassador 21%
• Be a community advocate 20%

Common Values

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

Suggested Solutions

The solutions and strategies have been proposed by community members. They will be considered in the adaptation of the 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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