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Housing Virginia Connections
April 2017
Data up to 
2016 Q4
Housing Virginia Sourcebook Updated
Find Out What Virginia's Housers are Thinking about Current and Future Affordable Housing Needs

We asked and you answered, and the results are in! We've checked the pulse of the affordable housing industry with a short survey  of housing affordability in the Commonwealth.
 
We wanted to know how members of the affordable housing industry perceive the shifting challenges of affordable housing. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out this survey.
 
Reminder: this is just a snapshot of how the survey respondents are feeling about several issues - it's not a rigorously selected sample of opinion.  With that, let's take a look at the results.


VHA Celebrates Largest Federal Housing Day Yet


On March 28th, the Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) and the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO) partnered to bring over 50 affordable housing advocates to Washington, the largest group for Federal Housing Day so far.
 
Motivated by large proposed cuts to Federal Housing programs, these advocates met with both Senators and Congressmen from each of Virginia's districts. They discussed the importance of expanding housing opportunity and ending homelessness. Each region of the state was represented, as well as sectors within the housing and homelessness industry.


Richmond Celebrates a Decade of Affordable Housing Awareness Week
 
From April 22nd to 28th, Richmond's Partnership for Housing Affordability, a Housing Virginia regional partner, and 16 other local affordable housing nonprofits will host the tenth annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week (AHAW).
 
Since AHAW began a decade ago, more then 4,500 volunteers from across the Richmond area have worked at over 340 worksites, improving the quality of life for hundreds of low- to moderate-income residents. Many hundreds more have learned about affordable housing issues through special educational programs held each year. 


To volunteer or register for an event, go to affordablehousingrichmond.com.
City of Richmond to Make Affordable Housing Trust Fund Awards This Spring

The Richmond Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) completed its second cycle of funding in 2016. The third round of applications was submitted earlier this year and will be awarded in May 2017.
 
13 organizations applied for a total of $1,945,474 to serve 822 households in the City of Richmond. This means that for every dollar available for this round of funding, $2.60 was requested. This shows a tremendous demand for the gap funding that the AHTF can provide, especially to services and developments benefiting households making 30% of the Area Median Income or less.
 
Click below to learn about the impact of the past two years of funding, which have generated over $50 million in economic activity for the City.

You can find a full report on the economic impact of the AHTF here, with a supplemental page on 2017 here
Register Now for the Roanoke Regional Housing Network's Bi-Annual Symposium

Housing Virginia's regional partner, the Roanoke Regional Housing Network (RRHN), will be hosting its bi-annual educational symposium on May 4th, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
 
This symposium, titled "From the Cleavers to the Jetsons: New Perspectives on Housing," will be hosted at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke and feature a number of local and statewide housing leaders.
 
Click below for a registration link and agenda.


Nominate Your Colleagues Today for VHA's Annual Awards Luncheon


The Virginia Housing Alliance will be holding their 30th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 15th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), will be the keynote speaker for this landmark event.
 
VHA is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Game Changer Award, Top 40 Network, and Housing Hall of Fame. Nominations are due by Friday, April 21st. See below for details on how to submit a nomination.
Manufactured Home Community Coalition of Virginia (MHCCV) Releases Strategic Plan
 

The MHC Coalition of Virginia recently completed final edits to its first strategic plan, which will guide the Coalition's outreach and policy work for the next several years.


If you'd like to sign up for the MHCCV newsletter for updates on manufactured housing policy and advocacy in Virginia, click here.
 
For more information about the MHCCV, you can contact Jonathan Knopf at jtknopf@hdadvisors.net.

In This Issue
Calendar
 
Universal Design Today Conference
May 15-17 in Charleston, WV
Join Us in Charleston, WV, as we welcome hundreds of the nation's most dynamic designers and users of places, spaces, and things.  For a week in May 2017, the local community will transform into a design laboratory, in which intense focus will be on the economic and social benefits of design that supports the potential, productivity, and needs of every 21st century resident, family, customer, student, client, or citizen. 

VA Governor's Conference on Aging
May 22-23 in Roanoke, VA
Building on the momentum from 2016, the Virginia GCoA will be held at the Hotel Roanoke this coming May. Stay tuned for more information!

VHA Annual Awards Luncheon
June 15 in Richmond, VA
This year will be the 30th Annual Awards Luncheon with keynote speaker Dian Yentel (President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition), so make sure you don't miss it!

Housing Virginia's Most Vulnerable Conference
August 16-17 in Midlothian, VA
This conference, hosted by the Virginia Housing Alliance and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, is a great opportunity for front-line staff of homeless service providers as well as management to come together for information on the latest trends and best practices in homeless services.

VHA Housing Credit Conference
Sept. 26-27 in Richmond, VA
The annual VHA Housing Credit Conference is the premier opportunity in Virginia for tax credit professionals to stay up to date on the latest industry trends and connect with others in the field.

VAGHC 2017
Nov. 15-17 in Norfolk, VA
The GHC is Virginia's largest housing event and is packed full of educational sessions led by experts in housing, finance, and community development. Participants also benefit from amazing networking opportunities with colleagues from across the Commonwealth. Stay tuned for registration and sponsorship information at www.vaghc.com.