From Alliance for Housing Solutions <[email protected]>
Subject AHS Board Members Testify In Missing Middle Hearing, How You Can Support MMH, Faith & Housing Community Conversation on Feb. 8
Date January 27, 2023 7:05 PM
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** Notes from the Executive Director
Dear AHS Friends and Supporters,

I hope that you are having a joyous start to the new year. The work of housing advocacy is already off to the races, with the County Board making critical decisions about Missing Middle housing (more on that further in this newsletter), the budget, and other issues that will affect how we will manifest an #ArlingtonForEveryone.

This is where your voice and support come in. As these decisions are being made, I look forward to working with each of you to build an Arlington in which all its neighborhoods are accessible, livable, inclusive and diverse. Stay tuned to our social media, this newsletter, and more as we'll be reaching out in new and creative ways to bring our message home.

With Gratitude,
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** News

** Missing Middle Supporters Front and Center at County Hearings
The Arlington County Board has finalized its Request to Advertise (RTA )for the Missing Middle ordinance, the scope of options it will vote on at its March 18 meeting.

The proposed zoning changes, now known as Expanded Housing Choices (EHO), will only include options on homes with up to 6 units (having eliminated the 7- and 8-unit options). In addition, the Board will consider an annual cap of up to 58 applications a year.

That potential cap would have a sunset clause of 5 years, meaning the cap would be in place from 2023-2028. Other aspects to be considered in March include potential tree canopy, parking, and lot size requirements. To keep up with Missing Middle housing updates, join our Missing Middle Network here ([link removed]) .

** AHS Board Members Testify at Missing Middle Hearings
AHS Board Chair Dave Leibson and Board Members Pamela Quanrud and Jane Green testified on January 24 before the county board in support of the Request to Advertise (RTA) for Missing Middle housing.

Watch Dave Leibson's testimony here ([link removed]) .
Watch Pamela Quanrud's testimonyhere ([link removed]) .
Watch Jane Green's testimony here ([link removed]) .

** Wesley Housing Opens The Cadence
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Last month, Wesley Housing Corporation opened The Cadence, an affordable housing project in the Buckingham neighborhood. The Cadence, which was six years in the making, utilized various funding sources for construction, including Arlington's Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF).

The five-story, transit-friendly building located on Arlington Boulevard has 97 units at or below 70% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and includes 10 fully accessible units in an EarthCraft Gold-level green building. For more information, visit [link removed].

** Event
Faith & Housing Community Conversations - Feb. 8th
Join AHS and our partners, the NAACP's Arlington Branch, the Arlington Coalition Of Black Clergy, and Calloway United Methodist Church for a community conversation on faith and housing. This in-person event will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 7 PM at Calloway United Methodist Church, located at 5000 Langston Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22207.

The discussion will focus on Missing Middle housing, and give a brief overview of the history of housing Arlington. For more information on the event, please visit [link removed].

** Event Recap
AHS Participates In Volunteer Arlington's MLK Day of Service
AHS was proud to participate in Volunteer Arlington's 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Day of Service. As part of the "a day on, not a day off" events, AHS policy consultant Alice Hogan, in conjunction with our partners from APAH and AHC, Inc., led a workshop and robust discussion on affordable housing, the history of race and discrimination in Arlington and the role of zoning in determining community composition. View event photos on Facebook ([link removed]) .

** Looking Forward
Add Your Voice to the Missing Middle Conversation
Did you know that AHS has a website solely dedicated to exploring and understanding Missing Middle Housing?

At [link removed] can learn more about what Missing Middle housing really is, hear from neighbors that support inclusive and more financially-attainable housing, and join an online discussion group.

To send us your own letter of Missing Middle Housing support, contact us at [email protected].

** 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 online 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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