From Alliance for Housing Solutions <[email protected]>
Subject 2023 Policy Update, Bozman Awards Recap, & Leadership Announcements
Date December 28, 2022 7:14 PM
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** Happy Holidays
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AHS wishes you a happy and prosperous 2023! It's because of your support and commitment that we are able to work every day on our mission to create housing that is inclusive, diverse, and affordable in Arlington. We're inspired and committed more than ever to an Arlington for everyone.
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** News

** County Manager Releases 2022 Annual Report
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County Manager Mark Schwartz released the county's 2022 Annual report on December 21. The report includes updates on key county objectives, including commitments to equity, recovering from the pandemic, and multifamily housing. Read the report ([link removed]) here. ([link removed])

** NVAHA and Wesley Housing Annouce New Leadership
The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) named Jill Norcross as it's new executive director. Norcross, who brings over 20 years of experience replaces 2022 Bozman Affordable Housing Award Winner, Michelle Krocker. Read NVAHA's press release here. ([link removed])

The Wesley Housing Board of Directors has unanimously selected Kamilah McAfee as its next President and CEO, effective January 2, 2023. Currently serving as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, she led Wesley’s real estate development team through an unprecedented five-year period of growth. Read the announcement here ([link removed]) .

** Event Recap
Michelle Krocker Receives 2022 Bozman Award

On December 4, AHS honored Michelle Krocker, a formidable leader and passionate advocate as the 2022 Bozman Affordable Housing Award honoree. Michelle has led the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) for nearly 20 years as a trusted voice for effective strategies that promote affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and mixed-income communities. More on the ceremony ([link removed]) here. ([link removed])

** Looking Forward

2023 Policy Preview
The new year promises to bring many policy issues to the forefront, including the Metro Washington Regional (Fair) Housing Equity Plan, where each jurisdiction will be participating in a public engagement and feedback process early in 2023. Read more about the plan here ([link removed]) .

Another policy to watch for is the Missing Middle Housing ("Expanded Housing Options") draft language, which the County Board will consider for a 2-month advertisement at its January 21 meeting. The county will also be taking a deeper look at the Plan Langston Boulevard, including a public engagement process this spring to consider planning, transportation, and housing updates to the 2.5-mile corridor. Read more on Missing Middle ([link removed]) and Plan Langston Boulevard ([link removed]) .

Finally, community members will also have the opportunity to weigh in on the redevelopment plans for Barcroft Apartments ([link removed]) , in the Columbia Pike West neighborhood. In December 2021, the county, Amazon, and the new owner, Jair Lynch, collaborated to purchase and preserve 1,334 affordable rental units at this property for a period of 99 years.

** Join an AHS Group
Become a member of the Alliance for Housing Solutions community on the platform to learn, share ideas, and be part of policy discussions. We currently offer the following groups:

** Housing Action Arlington ([link removed])
This coalition of housing and service providers and advocates meets monthly to share information, plan strategies, and advocate on a range of housing issues in Arlington. Join here ([link removed])

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** Missing Middle Network ([link removed])
Join a group of people committed to increasing the diversity of options and price points of housing in Arlington. Join here ([link removed])

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** Accessory Dwelling Discussion Group ([link removed])
In this group, homeowners, architects, and realtors ask questions, share best practices, and provide support for those interested in developing accessory dwellings. Join here ([link removed])

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