The Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement (CHACE) is a statewide campaign to raise awareness of housing issues. Spearheaded by the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Housing Alliance, CHACE launched in 2017 in coordination with the Housing Week of Action, a nationwide effort sponsored by Our Homes, Our Voices. CHACE is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.
This year (2021) we want to expand our coalition beyond housing specific organizations, especially as the pandemic has made it abundantly clear that housing touches all sectors. Housing is health; and where we live determines where we work, learn, and how we move about the community. In addition, COVID-19 has illuminated longstanding racial disparities in the quality, affordability, and location of housing available to our Black and Brown neighbors. As we have seen, communities of color have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19’s health and economic impact.
One specific goal is to center the voices of our neighbors with lived expertise who can speak to the need for and benefit of homes that are affordable and available.
CHACE’s Mission: to inform voters, elected officials, and candidates at all levels of government on the importance of quality homes for Virginians at all income levels.