For the past year, Housing Virginia has been conducting an assessment of the needs and gaps in affordable housing in rural Virginia. Launched with a pre-conference session at the 2015 Governor’s Housing Conference, this initiative involved online surveys, regional face-to-face input meetings with housing providers around the state, and an analysis of Census data in each region.
Find the full narrative report and a policy brief here.
We presented the preliminary iteration of our rural housing needs and gaps assessment at the 2016 Governor’s Housing Conference, and we will be releasing the final report in early 2017.
Housing Virginia convened over 50 rural housing and service providers for a final input session at this year’s Governor’s Housing Conference. These policy recommendations, as well as a library of best practices and resources, will go into the final report.
More importantly, Housing Virginia will begin taking steps in 2017 to move forward with the main recommendation: to form a statewide policy group of funders, resource providers, affordable housing providers, policymakers, and representatives from service fields outside of housing. This group will review the recommendations and suggest funding and program shifts to benefit rural communities statewide in 2017.
Stay tuned for more news in 2017 about the final report and statewide working group!