The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (Alliance) is a broad-based regional organization dedicated to the creation of successful communities through affordable housing education and advocacy. The Alliance supports public policies that promote the preservation and new construction of affordable housing choices throughout Northern Virginia for households of all incomes.
Our work includes activities that raise public awareness and provide educational materials and programs for communities on the topic of affordable housing. We discuss the benefits of affordable communities, as well as examine housing myths and misperceptions. We work with many partners: community-based organizations, faith communities, civic associations, local governments and chambers of commerce. Our work is essential to provide balance to the growth and development conversation that is waged by NIMBY proponents who are well organized, vocal and often misinformed.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
About the People
· We address the needs of low and moderate income people of all ages, family sizes, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities.
· We strive to ensure support for people of extremely
low income, as well as those who may have
specialized mental, physical and supportive services
needs, both now and in the future.
About the Housing
· We promote policies that create, preserve, and maintain a wide variety of single- and multi-family housing types and sizes, providing both affordable rental and homeownership options in mixed-income communities.
· We support housing throughout Northern Virginia which is compatible with existing communities, incorporates green building principles, and is well-designed, safe, and sustainable. We endorse the principles of universal design, visitability, and the ability to age-in-place.
About the Environment We Want to Foster
· We reach out to educate, understand and collaborate with all stakeholders who comprise our communities, and to establish consensus goals that include preserving and increasing the supply of diverse affordable housing stock.
· We support the coordination of affordable housing production with the employment, transportation, retail, educational, social services and recreational needs of residents.
NVAHA Board of Directors:
Shelley Murphy, President
Melissa Bondi, Treasurer
Al Smuzynski, Secretary
David Bowers, Director
Conrad Egan, Director
Carol Jackson, Director
Renee Jakobs, Director
Michelle Krocker, Executive Director