Housing Virginia Connections
April 2016
Sourcebook Update Complete: Now Data up Through 2015 Q4
Housing Virginia has released the most recent Sourcebook update, which brings quarterly data sets up to 2015 Q4 and annually updated data to its most recently available year. Be sure to take a few minutes to visit the site and explore our newly updated data. 

If you're a first-time user, you can watch the video at the end of this newsletter for a 30-minute tutorial on how to best utilize Sourcebook.
One of the data points that received its annual update is the Housing Cost Burden, or the number of households paying more than 30% of their annual income on housing cost alone. 

Space is Limited! Overcoming NIMBY Workshops in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Fairfax, and Richmond

Have you ever faced a roomful of confused or angry opponents to your housing proposal?  
Have you needed to convince skeptical planning commission members about the value of your project? 
Are you looking for tools to help you win the hearts and minds of community members to support your work?   
NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is still very much alive and well in Virginia and many good housing projects and programs never make it out of the starting gate due to opposition from neighbors and others.  To help you be better prepared to successfully address NIMBY concerns, Housing Virginia is offering a series of regional half day training opportunities that aim to assist affordable housing providers, local government, and advocates with their efforts in overcoming opposition to their projects and policies.

AHAW 2016: Register for RVA Snapshot: How our Regional Baseline Indicators Link to Housing
Join the Partnership for Housing Affordability in welcoming Ashley Hall, Manager of the Capital Region Collaborative, as she introduces a range of baseline indicators for the region's economic prosperity and quality of life on Tuesday, April 26th from 9 - 10:30 AM at the Virginia Historical Society.
Learn how these indicators - and the progress we're making on improving them - tie to housing. The recently completed Indicators Project will help us to compare our region to similar communities elsewhere in the U.S. and measure our progress over time. 

Participants will also be introduced to the Metro View Tracker, a new, interactive database where users can access demographic and land use data to identify trends in the region. Click here to register 

Virginia Housing Alliance's Federal Lobby Day
Last Wednesday, affordable housing advocates headed up to Washington, DC to meet with the Virginia Congressional Delegation alongside the Virginia Housing Alliance about their major federal policy priorities. This was the first Federal Lobby Day as the newly merged organization.
This year, the following priorities were brought up with legislators:
National Housing Trust Fund
  • Virginia is poised to receive between $3 and $3.5 million from the NHTF in 2016.
  • The fund will be administered as block grants to states. In Virginia, DHCD will administer funds which will be targeted to those with greatest housing need in the state, those with 30% of area median income or less (Extremely Low Income).
  • The funding will mainly support the production, preservation, rehabilitation, or operation of rental housing for the over 235,000 Extremely Low Income (ELI) households in the state. 77% of these ELI households are deeply cost burdened, spending more than 50% of their income on housing and there is a shortage of 165,00 units affordable and available for this population.
2016 VHA Annual Awards Luncheon Nominations Due Friday, April 22! Nominate Your Colleagues Today!
The Virginia Housing Alliance is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Game Changer Award, Top 40 Network, and Hall of Fame. Award winners will be recognized at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

This year's Luncheon will be particularly exciting as it will be the first to be hosted by the new Virginia Housing Alliance. Think about your friends and colleagues who have made a significant impact in the housing field and nominate them for one of the following awards!
In Case You Missed It
Housing Virginia Sourcebook Webinar

In case you missed our webinar on how to best utilize Sourcebook, you can watch it here!

We'll be holding another webinar series on our web tools in the fall.
In This Issue
Affordable Housing Awareness Week 2016
April 24th-30th in Richmond
Each year, residents from across the Richmond region look forward Affordable Housing Awareness Week, when more than 500 volunteers put on t-shirts instead of office clothes to participate in a volunteer-driven event that makes a difference for hundreds of members of our community.

2016 VAHCDO Annual Conference and Scholarship Luncheon
April 27-29 in Virginia Beach
The VAHCDO Annual Conference and Scholarship Luncheon aims to provide leading housing professionals with the opportunity to stay up to date with the latest state and federal programs, best practices, regulations and initiatives. The theme for this year's conference is "Happy Birthday VAHCDO" in recognition of VAHCDO reaching its 75th year of service.

NHC: Solutions 2016
April 28-29 in New York, NY
This conference will connect affordable housing developers, advocates, funders and government officials for panels, workshops and round-table discussions on challenges and opportunities in community acceptance

VA Governor's Conference on Aging
May 2-3 in Richmond, VA
The Governor has called for the first Conference on Aging since 2003 this year. The day and a half conference will feature plenary & breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall.
Click here for more information

VACo Annual Conference
Nov 13-14 in Bath County
Registration for this annual conference opens on Aug 15th. 

2016 VA GHC
Nov 16-18 in Roanoke, VA
Save the date for the annual VA Governor's Housing Conference at Hotel Roanoke.