Posted on July 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM by Sarah OConnell
The Office of Housing would like to share updates on two initiatives currently underway in Loudoun County – The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) and the Regional Housing Equity Plan.
Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan
The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) is a key implementation step of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the UHNSP is to define how the county will address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The final draft of the UHNSP was presented at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on May 12, 2021. At the May 12 public hearing, the Board of Supervisors referred the UHNSP to the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) for further consideration. The UHNSP is now expected to return to the September 7 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting for final consideration.
Regional Housing Equity Plan
Loudoun County is one of seven participating jurisdictions that are working collaboratively to develop a Regional Housing Equity Plan, also known as the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice or “AI.” The Regional AI process is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require localities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to prepare a Fair Housing Plan. In the past, each individual jurisdiction submitted a plan. The Regional Housing Equity Plan aims to increase collaboration, innovation, and effectiveness of strategies throughout the metropolitan area. It is expected to be completed in 2022.
Community engagement for the Regional Housing Equity Plan is underway. Three virtual workshops are being offered in July on the topic of Housing, Equity, and Race: Fair Housing in the DMV Region. These workshops are free and open to the public. They will engage participants in discussion on the intersection of housing, transportation, environment, and race and will help inform the Regional AI.
The Loudoun County Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan and Regional Housing Equity Plan are separate projects with unique targets and lenses and different implementation timelines. The projects will, however, enhance one another as both work towards the goal of ensuring attainable, quality housing for all of Loudoun’s community members.
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Loudoun County Office of Housing will host two virtual public meetings to share more information about the UHNSP and seek public input on housing, community development needs, and fair housing issues.
Both meetings will include a short presentation and provide an opportunity for attendees to provide input and ask any questions.
For detailed log-in instructions, visit loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.
If you would like to submit questions in advance, or would like to provide comments or suggestions on unmet housing needs in Loudoun County, please email the project team or call 703-771-5590.
The purpose of the UHNSP is to identify goals and strategies that address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The plan will also aim to create housing targets over the short term (the next five years) and the long term.
More information about the plan, including a link to sign up for updates, is available at loudoun.gov/housingneeds. To learn more about the county’s existing housing programs, visit loudoun.gov/housing.
Anyone who requires a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability in order to participate in the virtual public meetings should email the Loudoun County Public Affairs and Communications office or call 703-777-0113, TTY 711. Three business days’ advance notice is requested.