AHS Events

Housing Segregation: A Vestige of the Past?

The Fair Housing Act was passed fifty years ago, yet America’s neighborhoods remain deeply segregated along racial lines. Author Richard Rothstein argues that this divide is the direct result of government policies, some of which are relegated to the past and others that are still in place today.

AHS Presents Arlington for Everyone Volunteer Training

Do you want to help keep Arlington a diverse and inclusive community? At AHS we do! In the spirit of the importance of affordable housing, we offered a training about the Arlington for Everyone campaign for this year’s MLK Day of Service on January 15th. The campaign is designed to spark a community dialogue about the importance of housing affordability and housing options for the future of Arlington.

The State of Affordable Housing 2017: The Changing Landscape of Affordable Housing Finance

The State of Affordable Housing Forum is an annual AHS event designed to engage the community in a discussion of a range of current events and the outlook for affordable housing in the coming year. This year's event subtitled “Federal Upheaval…Local Consequences” was held at the intersection of major federal decisions that could have lasting political impacts to the future of affordable housing finance and community economic development programs.

Leckey Forum 2016: Finding the Missing Middle

Event Recap


Is it time to focus on how Arlington's housing market works for its middle-income population?

What can design, and financial and regulatory initiatives do to better serve downsizing seniors, young people, growing families, and newcomers to the community experiencing sticker shock?

AHS convened experts and community members at the Clarendon Ballroom on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design provided an inspiring keynote defining Missing Middle Housing (link to the video or slidepresentation), and we heard from panelists on planning/zoning and financial considerations (see video at Making Room for Missing Middle Housing and Making the Numbers Work).

Speakers (see program for bios):

  • Erik Gutshall, Clarendon Home Services, and Arlington Planning Commission

  • Bob Brosnan, Catholic University

  • Scott Matties, Cunningham | Quill Architects

  • Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces

  • Robert Burns, City First Enterprises, and Grounded Solutions Network

  • Richard Donohoe, Fidelity Bank Mortgage

  • Steven Cover, Arlington Community Planning, Housing, and Development

  • Noemi Riveira, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

  • David DeCamp, D2 Partners, LLC

  • Michael Geary, Geary-O'Hara Family Foundation

Guests were treated to a preview of our missing middle design gallery.

Learn more about Missing Middle Housing.

Mixed-Income Housing: Like It, but It's Complicated


This special event, presented by AHS in cooperation with Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO), took place during Affordable Housing Month, September 2015, at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. (Link to the flyer).

Michelle Winters (Winters Community Strategies) moderated a panel that included Paul Browne, Wesley Housing Development Corporation and John Welsh, AHC, Inc. (each of whom presented a case study on a mixed-income development) and Edmund Delany, Capital One Bank, and Steve Cover, Arlington County, who provided banking and local policy perspectives. (Read program with bios.)

Review the presentations:

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Leckey Forum 2015: Nuts & Bolts of Affordable Housing


AHS developed its 2015 Leckey Affordable Housing Forum as a "teach in" on current affordable housing issues in Arlington. [See all previous Leckey Forum topics.]

Link to the program with speaker bios. Link to presenter slides from the blue titles below.

Financing the Deal: Tax Credits and the AHIF

The Basics of Low Income Housing Tax Credits---Michael Scheurer, Vice President, Cornerstone Housing Development Corp.

Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF)---Yoomie Ahn, Housing Development Supervisor, Arlington County

General Land Use Plan and Zoning Issues

Achieving Affordable Housing: Role of the General Land Use Plan and Zoning---Susan Ingraham Bell, Planning and Zoning Consultant

Market Rate Development and Affordable Housing in Arlington County---Kedrick Whitmore, Venable LLP

The Public--Private Partnership

The Public--Private Partnership---Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH and David Cristeal, Housing Director, Arlington County

Housing in Community

Home Buying in Arlington---Reverend Jon Smoot, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Karen Serfis, Executive Director, Arlington Home Ownership Made Easier (AHOME)

Community Facilities Study (CFS) Update and Housing Implications---Ginger Brown, Vice Chair, CFS Working Group

Educational Support Programs in Affordable Housing: Building Successful Families and Neighborhoods through Resident Services---Kathie Panfil, Board Member, APAH and Edu-Futuro and Jennifer Endo, Resident Services Director, AHC Inc.


Great Spaces: The Positive Aspects of Density

Long-time supporters of housing affordability tend to see what is usually called density through the lens of the affordable units that density can provide. Affordable units are important of course, but they are one among the many positive benefits of what are are increasingly called "Great Spaces." As a land use term, density usually refers to the number of units per a given piece of land, usually an acre. But in Arlington and the region, a smart growth orientation reaches beyond housing units to include transit access, walkable retail, green space, and other benefits.

Supporters of housing affordability need to be able to describe these positive aspects to a variety of audiences.

Great Spaces panelists

Link from the highlighted term to the powerpoint presentation.

Susan Ingraham Bell, Urban Land Institute:  Great Spaces are in increased demand by a variety of demographic sectors.

Sophie Mintier, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments:  Great Spaces provide economic benefits.

Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smart Growth: Great Spaces are also “green” spaces.

Kris Krider, Center for Urban Design and Research, Arlington County: Great Spaces can also be created in single-family home neighborhoods, as well as along the Rosslyn--Ballston and Columbia Pike corridors.

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