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Affordable Housing Efforts


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Culpeper Affordable Housing Committee
Fauquier Affordable Housing Committee
Rappahannock-Rapidan Workforce Affordable Housing Committee
Publications and Housing Market Data

Foothills Housing Network

Affordable housing is central to the success of Housing First homeless services programs like Rapid Re-Housing and Prevention. The Foothills Housing Network (FHN) recognizes the region's need for affordable housing units, and addresses this need in the FHN Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. FHN has received a grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to develop an affordable housing plan for the region.

Visit the Foothills Housing Network website for more information on homelessness prevention efforts in the region.

Culpeper Affordable Housing Committee

In 2013, The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC) and Culpeper Affordable Housing Committee produced an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment Study for the Town of Culpeper, which was funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Affordable Housing Committee recommended undertaking this study as part of a proactive approach to solving housing needs in Culpeper. The study addresses the condition of current housing, provides information on the unmet housing need of various populations, and identifies priority areas for action. The study was limited to the needs of the Town and County of Culpeper, but the report produced is available to support future affordable housing projects in other areas as well, by government, nonprofit or for-profit developers.

The study reports that about 1,000 households in the Town of Culpeper have incomes below $17,000 and should be paying no more than $450 per month for housing, if that housing is to be affordable. In contrast to this need, a survey of area landlords revealed that there are an estimated 171 rental units that are rent limited (where the tenant pays no more than 30 percent of household income) and an additional 26 units that rent for under $500 per month. The study concluded that there is a need for additional multifamily units with rents between $400 and $600 per month.

Culpeper Housing Needs Assessment (2013)
Culpeper Housing Needs Assessment - Appendices

Fauquier County Affordable Housing Committee

The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors established the Fauquier County Affordable Housing Committee in the Fall of 2006. The committee undertook a project to assess Fauquier County's housing needs and offer recommendations based on its findings. The committee also recommended and supported a pilot first-time homebuyer program for county, town and school system employees. This program combined below-market-rate mortgage loans from Virginia Housing Development Authority's (VHDA) SPARC program with down payment and closing cost assistance from Fauquier County to assist four Fauquier County families in purchasing their first homes in 2008.

Fauquier County Housing Report
Fauquier County Housing Report Executive Summary

Rappahannock-Rapidan Workforce Affordable Housing Committee

In 2006, the median price of a single family home in the Rappahannock-Rapidan region was $345,000, compared with a median price of $150,000 only six years earlier. This trend was documented in all five counties in the region. To address concerns that a significant segment of the local workforce could no longer afford to purchase a home, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Workforce Affordable Housing Committee was established as an advisory body to the Regional Commission. Its goals were to advise the Regional Commission on the subject of workforce affordable housing, compile relevant data and reports to support local and regional efforts to expand and retain workforce affordable housing, and facilitate regional information exchange on this subject.

The Regional Workforce Affordable Housing Committee built on the recommendations of the Regional Workforce Housing Forum Working Group to promote the expansion and retention of affordable housing in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Region. The committee focused its efforts on housing with sale prices or rents affordable to households earning between 50 percent and 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Goals of the committee included creating a Toolkit to present practical strategies for local governing bodies, facilitating communication and cooperation among area stakeholders, and documenting the current status of the regional workforce affordable housing environment.

Workforce Affordable Housing Toolkit

Outline and Priority Topics
Accessory Dwelling Units Toolkit
Accessory Dwelling Units Presentation
Workforce Housing Trust Fund

Regional Workforce Housing Forum Working Group

In 2005, in response to concerns about soaring home prices in the region, the Regional Commission partnered with the Chambers of Commerce and the business community in the region to convene a regional workforce housing forum. The conclusions drawn from that event were that affordable workforce housing is a complex problem that is intensifying in the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, and that the problem will continue to worsen unless action is taken. The problem requires local solutions in the context of regional approaches.

The Forum participants also concluded that there was a need to mobilize a regional working group of business, government, and the nonprofit housing providers to develop actionable ideas and to monitor trends relevant to attracting and housing a qualified regional workforce. (See Synopsis of the Spring 2005 Regional Workforce Housing Forum) The Working Group released its recommendations in 2006. Recommendations include conducting an annual analysis of regional housing trends, and researching barriers to creating workforce housing.

In fulfillment of the first recommendation contained in the report, the Working Group contracted with Dr. John McClain, Senior Fellow at George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis, to provide detailed housing market data for the region. His report, entitled Housing Market Trends: 2005 Year-End Report was released in May 2006.

Publications & Housing Market Data

Housing Price Trends: 2000 to 2013

APA 2007 National Planning Conference Presentation [April 2007]

Workforce Affordable Housing Definition [Dec 2006]

Housing Market Trends: 2005 Year-End Report - George Mason Center for Regional Analysis [May 2006]

Affordable Workforce Housing Report Of The Working Group:
     Recommendations for our Region [February 2006]

Synopsis of the Spring 2005 Regional Workforce Housing Forum [April 2005]



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