Join housing and community development professionals from across Virginia on the 2018 VAGHC bus tours to explore how communities throughout Northern Virginia are tackling the need for affordable housing in urbanizing suburbs. There are two tours, an inner and outer loop, that you can choose from to explore how Northern Virginia communities are addressing affordable housing needs. Register now at bit.ly/vaghc2018.
Urbanizing Suburbia Through Public-Private Ventures in Affordable Housing (Outer Loop)
This tour will begin with the first stop in Fairfax County to the Residences of Fairfax County, a unique partnership between local government and a private developer to provide 272 units on the land of the county’s Government Center. Following a quick stop and tour of the property, the tour will continue to Merrifield for a drive through Mosaic, a new town center with an interesting mix of housing market homes, affordable housing, and retail. The tour will include more stops at Wexford Manor, an older preservation renovation that is an award-winning development by Wesley Housing, Tysons to showcase the plans for 100,000 new residents, and Falstaff, an elderly housing development with county services. This tour will focus on public-private developments with an emphasis on efforts to collaborate in today’s changing fiscal environment.
Innovative Affordable Housing in Space-Constrained Communities (Inner Loop)
The housing directors of Arlington and Alexandria, along with nonprofit developers Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and AHC Inc., invite you to tour affordable housing in Northern Virginia’s rapidly urbanizing inner suburbs. Over the past decade, Arlington and Alexandria have lost 90 percent of their market-rate affordable housing, creating a crisis for low-income residents seeking to remain in the opportunity-rich, but an extremely costly region. The tour will highlight innovative uses of financing, density, land-banking and collaborations with nonprofit and faith-based community partners to build and preserve housing in space-constrained urban environments. The tour will include stops at the award-winning Arlington Mill Residences (APAH), the recently opened St. James Plaza and a walking tour in Old Town Alexandria to view the transformation of public housing as mixed-income development. In addition, the narrated tour will drive by a dozen other projects in various stages of development and describe the planning, diverse partnerships, financing and design concepts making housing affordability possible.