Regional Housing Assembly
Regional Housing Assembly (RHA)
Throughout 2021/2022, the GWRC participated in the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) and Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) Community Health Assessment (CHA) to identify and develop strategies to address priority health issues affecting this region. With the support and feedback from more than 70 community organizations, the CHA process collected quantitative data, qualitative data, and community feedback related to health in our region, looking beyond the traditional medical definition of health to examine the social determinants of health such as housing, income, employment, education, and access to healthy food, all of which play an integral role in health outcomes. During the CHA, affordable housing was the top response to the question “what would most improve quality of life for our community?”. The 2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) identified affordable housing as a top priority, and a goal of developing a unified voice in the community around affordable housing.
On August 22, 2022, the GWRC Board elected to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Health Department through the Rappahannock Area Health District to contribute to the CHIP Affordable Housing Goal of developing and promoting policies that ensure equitable housing opportunities in Planning District 16.
The Regional Housing Assembly (RHA) is an advisory group of volunteers in partnership with multi-sector stakeholders related to health and housing. The GWRC provides facilitation to include human services, transportation, land use, environment, and workforce planning into housing considerations. Composed of an overarching consortium of housing interests, the RHA will enhance regional coordination, communication, and effectiveness toward overall housing conditions in Planning District 16.
The RHA currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1PM at GWRC (406 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401)
Next Meeting: March 8, 2023 at 1PM
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