Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin-Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings
Date: April 9, 2015
Help us build a solid foundation for the future of housing in our community
On Tuesday April 21, 2015, the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission will host a presentation on the Affordable Housing Study. The Affordable Housing Masterplan is of importance to the disability community and the community is invited to the meeting. The meeting is at 7pm in room 311 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. More information about the Affordable Housing Study is below.
The County is seeking a comprehensive approach to providing the full range of housing affordability in Arlington. Ensuring a range of housing options, affordable to persons of all income levels and needs throughout the County, creates community sustainability because it supports our people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy.
Due to rising property values many households can no longer afford to buy or rent in Arlington, and the County has seen a dramatic decrease in its affordable housing stock even as the County has experienced more success in creating committed affordable units than most surrounding jurisdictions. Median incomes have not kept pace with the steadily rising housing costs. Between 2000 and 2013, average home sale prices increased by 140.3% while the average rent increased by 90.9%. Over the same timeframe, the County lost 13,500 affordable housing units, primarily to rent increases.
An 18-member Working Group appointed by the County Manager has been working for over two years to develop the community’s affordable housing vision and policy. Together with County staff, the group has drafted an Affordable Housing Master Plan and will seek Board approval in July 2015 to include it as an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
The next steps for the working group and staff team will be an extensive civic engagement effort that will foster community discussion around the proposed policies and tools. Through a series of meetings, events and online engagement, staff will hear from commissions, advisory boards, associations and residents. The feedback will guide revisions to the Affordable Housing Master Plan, which the Board will consider for adoption in July 2015. At that time, the Board also will consider acceptance of the Implementation Framework.
More information can be found at http://housing.arlingtonva.us/affordable-housing-study/
Learn more about affordable housing in Arlington.
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