Affordable Housing in the Commonwealth

APA Virginia Chapter

#9181139

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. EDT

Richmond, VA, United States

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Overview

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.

Resource URL

https://cura.vcu.edu/land-use-education/

Speakers

Thomas Jacobson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Education Director, VCU Land Use Education Program and VCU Adjunct Instructor Former Director of Revitalization, Chesterfield County 2005-2012 Former Director of Planning, Chesterfield County 1986-2012 Read More

Brittany Keegan

Confirmed Speaker

Brittany received her Ph.D. from VCU's Wilder School in December, with her dissertation examining the roles of nonprofit organizations in promoting the socioeconomic integration of refugees. She now works at the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy, where she oversees outreach and training activities. In addition to ... Read More

Fabrizio Fasulo

Confirmed Speaker

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Andrew Clark

Confirmed Speaker

Andrew Clark is currently the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Virginia, representing over 3,300 member businesses from the single family and multi-family residential land development and construction industry Virginia before the Virginia General Assembly and state regulatory agencies. Previously, Andrew was the Director of ... Read More

Robert Adams

Confirmed Speaker

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J. Michael Hawkins, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

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Lyle Solla-yates

Confirmed Speaker

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Elizabeth Greenfield

Confirmed Speaker

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Contact Info

Andrew Hopewell, andrew.hopewell@fauquiercounty.gov