Quality of Life: Expanding Affordable Housing
Affordable housing remains our most vexing challenge. As I have said, we are victims of our own success. The result is that land values have risen dramatically in recent years and more and more of Arlington’s small 26-square miles are at risk of becoming unaffordable.
As a former member of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, I know that Arlington does more than any jurisdiction in Virginia to assist low and moderate income residents to find a home and stay in Arlington. We use many tools, including a revolving loan fund, housing grants, leveraging state and federal funding, and partnering with private non-profits. We need to reassess and expand our efforts as we work to ensure the income and ethnic diversity of our community.
We must ensure a human services safety net for the most vulnerable among us. My work as Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia reinforced for me the value of our non-profit organizations, volunteerism, and compassion.
Arlington's unique neighborhood conservation program and cultural programs/venues add exponentially to our quality of life. Additionally, my work in expanding our e-government capabilities has tangibly improved service delivery and improved the quality of life for many.