I believe that housing policy is among the most important things that the Arlington County Board does. Where we live, and whether we -- as young professionals, working families, new Americans, or downsizing retirees -- can afford to come to, stay, and grow in our neighborhoods has a profound influence on our local economy, as well as integration and diversity.

I’m proud of our record on housing. During my time on the County Board:

But just like the Red Queen’s country in Alice in Wonderland, here in Arlington, “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.” We’ve made great strides, but we’re still a long way from our goal, adopted in the 2015 Affordable Housing Master Plan, that 17.7% of our rental housing stock will be affordable by the year 2040: Currently, only 8.8% of rental units are affordable to neighbors making 60% or less of the area median income. And it’s hard for middle-class residents of all ages and backgrounds to buy into broad geographic swathes of the County: Since 2005, the inventory of 3-bedroom (and smaller) homes is decreasing in Arlington, replaced with larger and more expensive homes throughout our single-family neighborhoods.

How can we address this challenge? I am committed to:

  • Following through on, and pursue new funding sources - including new state dollars, greater philanthropic and private investment, and maintaining and, where possible, growing, local commitments to the Affordable Housing Investment Fund - to support the creation of Committed Affordable Units to prevent displacement of low-income residents as rents increase.
  • Pursuing new zoning reforms to increase the supply of middle-class ownership housing - home types like duplexes, fourplexes and small cottages - for seniors, young people and changing families, in neighborhoods throughout the County.
  • Amping up regional leadership and collaboration to advocate for and reduce barriers to significantly increasing the supply of housing throughout Northern Virginia and Metro DC, through leadership in arenas like the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Virginia Municipal League.
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