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The National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy are pleased to announce the publication of a new report about inclusionary housing by Robert Hickey, senior research associate at the Center for Housing Policy. After the Downturn: New Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusionary Housing draws on interviews with practitioners, experts, and local administrative staff from across the U.S. to examine how inclusionary housing policies weathered the historic housing downturn of the past five years and what issues and new approaches have emerged during this time that impact inclusionary policies going forward.
This report is the first in a series of research reports and policy briefs on inclusionary housing due out in 2013 from the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. We look forward to your feedback.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2006-2011,”a report that examines some of the obstacles encountered by the District of Columbia in order to comply with federal laws prohibiting discriminatory practices in housing. As a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the District of Columbia must identify and analyze the barriers to fair housing choice and devise solutions. Follow this link for more information on the report.
The City of Falls Church has released its draft affordable housing policy for public comment. The Affordable Housing Policy outlines the City’s strategy to address the diverse housing needs of its current and future populations by encouraging and actively supporting a mix of housing types and price levels. Two community forums are planned to solicit public comment. They will be held on the following January 9 at George Mason High School (TCL Room); and January 17 at Winter Hill Senior Center (Club Room). Both meetings will be held from 7 to 9 PM. Comments can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing to: City of Falls Church, Housing and Human Services, 300 Park Avenue, G04, Falls Church, VA 22046. The comment period closes January 26.
The City of Alexandria has released its draft Housing Master Plan for public review and comment. The Housing Master Plan is intended to guide future preservation and enhancement of affordable housing opportunities, community diversity, and economic sustainability in Alexandria. In developing the Plan, the City held a series of 15 public meetings; a bus tour of the City’s affordable housing stock; and an allocation exercise that gave residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to consider future housing needs and locations. The draft Plan is available at alexandriava.gov/HousingPlan . Persons wishing to ask questions or provide comment on the draft Plan are encouraged to attend one of two town hall meetings planned for late January in the east and west ends of the City. These meetings are scheduled for January 24 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School (435 Ferdinand Day Drive), and February 11 at Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, (1501 Cameron Street). Both meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
Helping Hands is pleased to present this multimedia video project, produced by Momenta Workshops, which highlights FACETS and the impact their organization has made on their client, Susan Wells. FACETS was one of 10 nonprofits chosen to be featured in Momenta’s Project DC 2012, a week-long training program which pairs emerging photographers with local nonprofits who are making a difference throughout the metropolitan region. Susan’s compelling story underscores the need for a comprehensive range of programs and services to support individuals and families in need of safe and affordable housing. Founded in 1988, FACETS is a nonprofit organization that touches and improves the lives of thousands every year through the provision of emergency shelter, food, and medical services to homeless families and individuals. Through FACETS’ critical support, people gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.