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eNews and Press Releases

6/11/2014Letter from Executive Director
6/11/2014Board of Commissioners Update
6/11/2014New Secretary of Commerce and Trade
6/11/2014Tax Credits Fund New Life for Old Hotel
6/11/2014HUD Guidelines Have Changed
6/11/2014Reaching Out to Hispanic Homebuyers
6/11/2014NOVA Housing Expo
6/11/2014Annual Charity Golf Tournament
6/11/2014Associate Updates
6/11/2014VirginiaHousingSearch.com Tops 100,000

News Clips

Inside NOVA, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RECAP: Home sales across Virginia for the second quarter of 2014 were down 5.7 percent from the same period last year, with the median sales price also slipping. The decline in total sales was broad-based, with only one of seven geographic areas of the commonwealth seeing an increase compared to a year before. Median sales prices, however, posted increases in three of seven areas. A total of 28,248 properties went to closing in April, May and June, according to figures reported by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR). That’s down from 29,962 sales in the same period in 2013, although sales were higher than in the comparable quarters in 2011 and 2012.)
Richmond Times-Dispatch , Thursday, July 24, 2014
(RECAP: The city of Richmond is considering the creation an inspection program for rental properties in old areas of the city, a policy that could have a major impact on the 56 percent of city housing occupied by renters. The rental inspections would apply in special districts created by the city with a high volume of renters and a risk of blight. As envisioned, the program would focus on student-heavy historic neighborhoods such as the Fan District, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and Carver, but the exact districts would be drawn later by city officials. A survey conducted by the Virginia Municipal League last year found that 22 Virginia localities have rental inspection programs.)
Leesburg Today, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
(RECAP: The promise made a quarter century ago to include affordable housing in the 2,000-acre Brambleton community was celebrated Tuesday with the ribbon cutting for the Shreveport Ridge Apartments. Developed by a partnership led by the Middleburg-based Windy Hill Foundation, the center will provide 98 townhouse-style apartments to help fill the county’s need for workforce housing. Across the street Brambleton’s developers are building another 200 workforce units.)
MSNBC, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
(RECAP: Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will unveil a new anti-poverty plan this week that moves away from austere budget cuts and focuses instead on consolidating social services, expanding tax credits for low-income workers and other policy reforms. Ryan will propose to consolidate a variety of safety net programs, including food stamps, section 8 housing vouchers, rental assistance, home weatherization and welfare payments. If states opt into the pilot program, they would have more flexibility in designing them.)
mrdc.org, Sunday, July 20, 2014
(RECAP: In September 2012, HUD commissioned a national evaluation of alternatives to improve the current decades-old rent structure in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The goal of the new policy is to allow working voucher holders to keep more of their earnings. Congress is expected to make additional changes to the rent rules in the Voucher Program in the coming years. Those reforms should be informed by strong evidence about what works — and what doesn’t — for housing voucher recipients, which is what the Rent Reform Demonstration will provide. Washington, D.C. is one of four public housing agencies that have volunteered to participate in the demonstration.)

 

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