Affordable Housing in the Commonwealth
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. EDT
Richmond, VA, United States
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Join us for a one-day seminar to examine the state of housing and housing affordability in the commonwealth. Topics will include an overview of the current state of affordable housing, strategies for closing the affordability gap, promising practices, and the creation of regional strategies and collaborative efforts.
Current state of affordable housing: This introductory session will provide an overview of affordable housing in the commonwealth. Topics include challenges and opportunities experienced by urban, rural, and suburban communities; arguments typically made for and against the creation of affordable housing; and ways in which affordable housing impacts the community. The session will close with a discussion of the future of affordable housing and the subsequent benefit to communities that this may bring.
Strategies for closing the affordability gap: This panel-style session will include representatives from the housing industry, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations as they discuss strategies they have used to close the housing affordability gap. This includes offering incentives, policy creation, community organizing/outreach, and mixed-use development strategies. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.
Promising practices from localities: In this session, planners from various localities around the commonwealth will share their experiences with creating affordable housing. They will discuss strategies they used, challenges they faced, and ways in which they sought and responded to community input. They will also discuss the impact that their efforts have had on housing access in their locality, and their plans for the future. As was the case with the previous session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from panelists.
Understanding the jobs-affordable housing balance: This session, led by researchers at VCU's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, will share data from past studies that demonstrate the relationship between affordable housing and access to jobs. It will also discuss the impact of public transportation on access. Participants will gain an understanding of trends in affordable housing in Virginia, and learn how to use data systems to explore these trends in more detail.
A regional strategy of working together: This session will discuss collaboration in creating affordable housing. Rather than individual localities creating an individual plan, participants will learn how they can work with nearby localities to create a comprehensive strategy to address housing affordability gaps in their region.
Thomas Jacobson, AICP
J. Michael Hawkins, AICP
Andrew Hopewell, email@example.com