(Editor's Note: this was corrected at 2:28 p.m. 09/12/12 to provide correct address for Wakefield High School)
- Community invited to kick-off discussion Sept. 22
- Three-year study planned of County's approach to affordable housing
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County is seeking residents' involvement in the earliest stage of a three-year study on one of the most important issues facing our community – how to create and preserve affordable housing. Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes, Housing Commission Chair Holly Bray and senior County staff will host a kick-off discussion on the proposed study on Saturday, September 22, at the Wakefield High School cafeteria.
“We're asking the community to get in on the ground floor of this effort and help us shape this critical study on the County's affordable housing goals and how to achieve them,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes.
“The County invests about 5 percent of its budget, or $52 million a year — a combination of federal, state and local funds – to create and preserve affordable housing,” Hynes noted. “We need to hear residents' ideas for how best to spend that money, and how to balance the demand for affordable housing with the many other needs and demands on the County's budget in an era of constraints.”
Residents' ideas and concerns will help shape the staff's drafting of the scope and process of the study. The Housing Commission will consider the draft on Oct. 11 and the County Board will consider it later that month.
The kick-off meeting will include break-out sessions in both English and Spanish. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their ideas and discuss:
- The County's need for and approach to providing affordable housing.
- How do we balance our community's need for affordable housing with its many other needs, given limited resources?
- How can the public be involved in the study?
In April 2012, the County Board directed staff to work with the community and the Housing Commission to develop a scope of work and outline a study process for the three-year affordable housing study. Chair Hynes said at the time that the purpose of the study was “to assess gaps in our programs and identify potential funding strategies to ensure the continued vibrancy and sustainability of our community for people at all income levels and stages of life.”
To learn more about Arlington County's investment in affordable housing, visit the County website.
- Mary Hughes Hynes, Arlington County Board Chair
- Holly Bray, Housing Commission Chair
- Marsha Allgeier, Arlington County Deputy County Manager
Affordable Housing Study Public Meeting
Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. – Noon
Wakefield High School Cafeteria (Wakefield High School is located at 4901 South Chesterfield Road Arlington, VA 22206)