VOICE

Community organizing in Virginia, accountability assembly

VOICE Secures Mayoral Candidate Pledges on Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Metro IAF
VOICE (link is external) and ARHA Resident Association Leaders presented the VOICE Issue Agenda in the context of the racial history of Old Town Alexandria. Following the presentation of 1,400+ voter pledge cards, VOICE received commitments from both mayoral candidates to work with VOICE on the following:
  • Working to enforce the affordable housing parameters set in the Housing Master Plan
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DNSIB, Safe Gun Technology, Metro IAF, US Conference of Mayors

‘Do Not Stand Idly By’ Community Organizing Groups Press US Mayors

Monday, February 5, 2018
The Connection

Northern Virginia community organizers joined interstate partners on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. to press U.S. mayors for safer gun technologies.

Metro IAF comprises 22 organizations, including VOICE in northern Virginia, in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Representatives converged in the capital to press the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Metro IAF’s “Do Not Stand Idly By” (DNSIB) gun safety campaign. The campaign title references a Bible verse: “Do not stand idly by while you neighbor’s blood is shed.”

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Virginia Governors' Race, Bullying, Restorative Criminal Justice, Education

1,600 VOICE Leaders Pack Forum with VA Gubernatorial Candidates

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
WJLA & Metro IAF

On Sunday night, nearly 1,600 Metro IAF Virginians from 58 VOICE congregations and schools throughout northern Virginia secured commitments from Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Mr. Ed Gillespie (R) and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D) to raise Virginia's felony larceny level, increase support for public schools and the Housing Trust Fund, fix Washington's crumbling public transit, support DREAMers and convene law enforcement and educators to end hate crimes and bullying.

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affordable housing in Alexandria, Virginia IAF

Faith-Based Group Leans on Alexandria Council for Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Washington Post
An increasingly powerful coalition of faith-based activists won a commitment from a majority of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday to increase support for public housing and affordable housing in the city.
 
About 200 supporters and members of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) jammed St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alexandria to call for stronger commitments and more money to house lower-income residents who increasingly find themselves priced out of areas once affordable to them...
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leadership development, Civic Engagement, Muslim

VOICE Trains 100 Muslim Leaders in Northern Virginia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Metro IAF

In the last 3 weeks, VOICE trained 325+ leaders including 125 from eight Northern VA mosques and schools.

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Arlington County Master Plan for Housing, Schools, Affordable Housing

Arlington Board Approves Additional Affordable Housing

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Washington Post

The Arlington County Board, in an unanimous vote, on Saturday passed an affordable housing plan that will add about 15,800 apartments affordable to low to moderate income households by 2040.

Three hours of personal and heartfelt testimony from those who said they have benefited from Arlington’s existing housing supports swayed the lawmakers who said they couldn’t recall more affecting testimonials in their tenures.

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Foreclosure Prevention, Finance Reform, Mortgage Backed Securities, JP Morgan Chase Bank

VOICE in Virgina Challenges Big Banks to Clean Up Their Mess

Monday, June 16, 2014
The Hill

Hannah Senft, Candy Savannah and Ron Taylor, together with "VOICE, a broad-based citizens’ organization, are fighting absentee investors to clean up their yards, exterminate the rats, fix housing code violations and stop abusing immigrant tenants."  They are also challenging banks like JP Morgan Chase to clean up their mess.

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Affordable Housing, VOICE, public land, Sun Gazette

Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land

Monday, December 9, 2013
Sun Gazette

Those who are doing the asking consider it an easy-to-grant request, and the answer they receive could help determine the direction of the county government’s affordable-housing policy for years to come.

VOICE

Foreclosure Rehab, Blight Prevention, Neighborhood Revitalization

VOICE Wins $30 Million for Foreclosure Rehab Pilot in VA

Friday, September 13, 2013
Washington Post

Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year...

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Affordable Housing, Foreclosure, Financial Reform

Advocates: Pr. William communities to get $30 million for housing pilot program

Monday, June 3, 2013
The Washington Post

Millions in funding for a housing pilot program that would go toward restoring communities affected by the 2008 foreclosure crisis in Prince William County will be promised by two major financial institutions and a Virginia housing agency Monday, according to Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.

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