In 2019, GWRC successfully applied for a grant through Virginia Housing (formerly Virginia Housing Development Authority) to develop a housing affordability study and action plan. GWRC contracted with HousingForward Virginia, a Richmond-based nonprofit, to complete the study and develop the plan. Housing Virginia analyzed data, convened focus groups, and convened a working group representing over 15 local jurisdiction representatives and organizations. This group worked diligently with HousingForward to develop a menu of 42 detailed housing policy solutions aimed at bringing a range of new housing opportunities to the region. The final plan will be presented for adoption to the GWRC Board on October 19, 2020.
The plan’s vision statement, “All residents in our region will have a path to a high-quality, affordable place to call home,” will be a guiding principle through the upcoming implementation phase.
In December 2007, the GWRC Board created an Affordable Housing Task Force (AHTF) comprised of representatives from various community non-profit organizations involved with the housing issue, as well as business sector representatives from real estate, mortgage lending and housing construction. The AHTF produced the Affordable Housing Task Force Mid-Year Report in September 2008.