Dynamic downtowns offer a competitive advantage in economic development and business recruitment. An essential component is to this is offering a diversity of housing stock. Housing options will also lead to increases in residents, which then support local businesses and bolster additional private and public investment. DHCD will provide training at the upcoming Spring Rev-Ups to delve into this topic. Kathy Frazier, principal of Frazier Associates, will be the guest speaker and will address how to create a downtown environment where upper story housing rehab projects will take root and flourish. There will also be an opportunity to tour some recently developed downtown housing spaces.
The training is offered regionally, so if this is a topic of interest, check out the registration link and consider attending.
April 22 – Marion
April 23 – Danville
April 29 – Luray
Additionally, Housing Virginia has recently published a Workforce Housing Tool Kit to assist localities and community groups with assessing their housing gaps, looking at best practices and finding resources to assist. Workforce housing is defined as housing options that are affordable to a region’s essential workforce and workers in the region’s large and growing industries.
Housing Virginia is a broad-based, statewide partnership of public and private organizations and committed individuals focused on ensuring Virginians have access to high quality, affordable housing in suitable locations.