Moves Forward in Developing Statewide Housing Policy Framework Governor McDonnell’s Housing Policy Advisory Committee Moves Forward in Developing Statewide Housing Policy Framework
Announces New Website to Gather Information on Committee’s Progress
--Interim Report to Be Presented in November --
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that a new website has been developed for his Housing Policy Advisory Committee. The website (www.VirginiaHousingPolicy.com) contains important information about the housing policy initiative including the Governor’s Executive Order No. 10, meeting dates, and other housing related information for the public. In addition, through the website, the Committee is seeking comments and ideas from Virginia citizens on ways to provide more affordable housing.
The committee is led by Bob Sledd, Governor Bob McDonnell’s Senior Economic Advisor. The committee is working to establish priorities in four key areas as outlined in the governor’s Executive Order No. 10 establishing a housing policy framework for Virginia. These areas are:
Recognizing housing’s role in economic development,
- Promoting sustainable communities,
- Ensuring that a range of housing options are available to meet the needs of a changing population, and
- Addressing the needs of homeless Virginians.
An interim housing policy report will be presented at the Governor’s Housing Conference in November.
Governor McDonnell’s initiative is the first Executive Branch effort to craft a comprehensive, state-level housing policy framework for Virginia. The committee is starting out by building on work completed several years ago by the Virginia Housing Commission, led by then state Delegate Terrie Suit. Suit is currently the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness, and serves on the Governor’s Housing Policy Advisory Committee.