Welcome to FIVE FOR FRIDAY: A weekly roundup of Public Policy Issues and Headlines from around the Northern Virginia Region, the Commonwealth and on Capitol Hill.
1. Arlington Missing Middle Housing Framework Engagement Opportunities
Are you wondering what’s in the Missing Middle Housing Study draft framework? The Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development has created an infographic summarizing the proposal to expand the county's housing options. Review the one-pager here. A list of frequently asked questions can also be found on the website. Realtors® please weigh in on the draft framework and share your feedback on expanded housing options in the County. Online Feedback Form Open Through May 27
Also…look for County Staff out in the community at pop-ups throughout May. If you see them, stop by to talk about the framework and share your thoughts.
2. HUD Offers Properties to Owner-Occupants
HUD announced the establishment of an exclusive 30-day listing period for the sale of foreclosed formerly FHA-insured properties to Owner-Occupant Buyers, Governmental Entities, and HUD-approved nonprofits.
3. Gordon Confirmed as FHA Commissioner
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the Senate voted to confirm Julia Gordon as the next Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). NAR supported Commissioner Gordon's nomination and previously sent a letter in support.
4. Early voting begins in Va. congressional primaries
Friday was the first day of in-person early voting for Virginia’s June 21 congressional primaries. Virginians do not register by party, so any registered voter in a district with a contest may cast a ballot. The June 21 congressional primaries include the contest among six Republicans in the redrawn 7th Congressional District for the right to take on Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger.
5. Fairfax County Seeks Public Input on Draft 2023 Moving to Work Plan
In 2013, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) became one of the original 39 housing authorities to be designated as a “Moving to Work” agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This distinction is bestowed on high-performing housing authorities to provide flexibility and local choice to create and administer housing programs that work best for their residents. Each year, the FCRHA is required to file a Moving to Work Plan, which includes community input and outlines the activities and initiatives to be undertaken in the given year.