Through coordination, education, and leadership, The Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA) promotes affordable housing policies that meet the needs of our citizens and strengthen the region’s economic vitality, attractiveness, and competitiveness. In March, 2015, PHA presented a long-awaited Housing Readiness Plan.
The Partnership for Housing Affordability needs donations for our programs that help the jurisdictions within the Richmond region to develop affordable housing opportunities, including:
Volunteers are needed to work at local nonprofit jobsites during Affordable Housing Awareness Week each April. Go to www.affordablehousingrichmond.com for more information.
In January of 2004, the Richmond Association of REALTORS® partnered with representatives from housing non-profits, the business community, and local governments to launch the Partnership for Workforce Homes. The Partnership’s goal in those early years was to ensure that the creation and maintenance of an adequate supply of workforce housing was a public policy priority in the Richmond region.
Since the beginning, the Partnership’s efforts have been focused on creating an environment where the region’s affordable housing challenges could be met, rather than on building homes. As a result, many of the Partnership’s early efforts focused on the local land use and zoning policies that contributed to the escalating costs of new home construction—costs that priced these homes beyond the reach of many area residents.
But then two things happened that changed the focus of the Partnership. One, in working with other housing non-profits, we recognized the need to expand our conversation, our thoughts, our efforts. So we changed our name to the Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA) in 2008, and began a more concentrated effort to raise awareness about the full gamut of housing needs from homeless to homeownership. The second shift was in response to changes in the housing market itself. As home sales slowed and home prices turned downward, it became apparent that the preservation of existing housing deserved as much attention as the issues surrounding new construction.
Laura Lafayette oversees the staff and operations of the Partnership for Housing Affordability as its volunteer Executive Director in addition to her duties as the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Association of REALTORS. A lifelong Richmond resident, Laura earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and completed graduate work at Yale University before returning to Virginia to serve as Press Secretary for Governor L. Douglas Wilder. She started her career in housing more than 20 years ago with the Association, and serves on the Boards of Directors of several nonprofit housing organizations, including: Housing Virginia, Better Housing Coalition, and Homeward.
PHA recently released its regional housing plan, “Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments and Strategies,” which was created by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, with help from the Center for Housing and Urban Analysis at VCU. This project includes:
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