As part of our campaign to bring housing to the forefront of the November elections, we are meeting with delegates and candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates to discuss a few housing policy topics. In addition to these one-on-one meetings with candidates we are trying to be present at some of the local candidate forums to make sure that housing is part of the conversation.
Below are some upcoming Virginia House of Delegate Forums and Gubernatorial Forums as well as some sample questions. We’d love to make sure that housing is brought up at all of these forums. Many of the forums have televised dates with an opportunity to submit a question by email ahead of the forum.
September 8th 2017, Virginia Kids Gubernatorial Forum- Reynolds Community College, 4:30pm-6:30PM
September 11th 2017, Eastern Fairfax Televised Forum – Fairfax Public Access, 8PM-9:30PM – Districts 38, 39, 43,44, 45,49
September 17th 2017, Western Fairfax In-Person Forum- Reston Community Center, 2:30PM-4:30PM- Districts 34, 36, 40, 48, 67, 86
September 18th 2017, Central Fairfax Televised Forum- Fairfax Public Access, 8PM-9:30PM- Districts 35, 37, 41, 42, 53
September 28th 2017, Central Fairfax In-Person Forum- Providence Community Center, 7PM-9PM- Districts 35, 37, 41, 42, 53
October 2nd 2017, Western Fairfax Televised Forum- Fairfax Public Access, 8PM-9:30PM- Districts 34, 36, 40, 48, 67, 86
October 3rd 2017, Leesburg Candidate Forum- Rust Library, 7-8:30pm- Districts 10 and 33
October 12th 2017, Eastern District In-Person Forum- Hayfield Secondary School, 7PM-9PM- Districts 38, 39, 43, 44, 45, 49
October 25th 2017, Sully District Candidate Forum-Sully Government Center, 7:30PM-9PM, Districts 36, 37, 40, 67, 86
1. In Virginia, rising rents have outpaced income growth in recent years making our state the 10th most expensive state to rent in and the highest in the Southeast. In many communities, public servants cannot afford to live in the communities they serve. In the Richmond region a police officer or nurse must spend over 30% of their income to rent the average home. What policy initiatives or investments would you support to meet these housing challenges for working families in the region?
2. The General Assembly has actively worked with the two previous administrations to focus policies and investments on ending homelessness in the state. As a result of these targeted efforts, Virginia became the first state to effectively end Veteran Homelessness in 2014 and has seen a 31% reduction in overall homelessness since 2010. What will you do in the General Assembly to continue building on the efforts of previous administrations to work towards ending homelessness in Virginia?
3. Housing that is affordable to the lowest income renters is in short supply in Virginia. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates there is a shortage of over 150,00 homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters in Virginia. Due to this shortage, ¾ of these households end up paying more than half their income on rent, leaving them one missed paycheck away from disaster. When working families spend the majority of their income on their housing, there is little left over to save, or spend on educational opportunities or healthcare. As a member of the General Assembly, what would you do to increase the access to affordable housing for these families in your district to help them to thrive?