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Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation

Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation

WHAT: Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation
WHEN: Monday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 PM
WHERE: Salem Church Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

What’s the Problem?
Sound financial practices dictate that people spend no more than ⅓ of their income for housing, yet with the $7.25 minimum wage in Virginia and the rising costs of rental property and home ownership in our region, “affordable housing” is unattainable for many. According to the United Way ALICE Project report, 39% of Virginia families are struggling to afford their basic needs and are considered ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. That means many working families are stressed, and the quality of life for our community overall is diminished.

Working Together
Local organizations, agencies, businesses, and governments already work together to address these challenging circumstances, but there are more opportunities to understand the issues, raise awareness and foster collaboration and action. Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation, on Monday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 PM, will be a chance to hear from experts, such as Janel Donohue, President of the Rappahannock United Way, who will present data and findings from the ALICE Project and share information about how the RUW assists residents with housing issues.

Seeking Solutions
There are many aspects to this complex social problem, so additional panelists, including Kim Lally, Executive Director of The Brisben Center, and Meghann Cotter, Executive Servant-Leader of Micah Ministries, will share their approaches, initiatives, and perspectives. CRRL has partnered with The League of Women Voters of the Fredericksburg Area and Spotsylvania Neighborhood Watch to bring this discussion to the forefront. Residents are invited to participate in continuing this community dialogue and to work toward local solutions.

Local and Regional Organizations Concerned with Affordable Housing
The Brisben Center
Central Virginia Housing Coalition
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Virginia
Micah Ministries
Project FAITH
Rappahannock United Way ALICE Report and local stories
Transitions4U
Virginia Organizing (Fredericksburg Chapter)