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Council of Governments Board Resolves to Make Affordable Housing a Priority Across the Metro Region

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, along with Supervisors John Foust and Penny Gross, participated in a vote with other Washington-area elected officials at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to pass a resolution establishing a goal to add 320,000 housing units across the region between 2020 and 2030—at least three-quarters of which being affordable to low- and middle income households. The motion, made by Chairman Bulova, was supported unanimously.  The MWCOG report regarding the housing goal can be found here.  “It was nice to be able to mention this at COG…that we had been already working on this, had already committed and even put funding aside for affordable housing,” said Chairman Bulova in reference to the Fairfax County Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan and the county’s progress on the recently adopted “5K in 15” goal (developing a minimum of 5,000 affordable housing units within the next 15 years). The Chairman’s comments came from a Sept. 17 meeting of the Board’s Health, Housing and Human Services Committee Meeting where an update was provided on the county’s progress with the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan. See a video of the presentation here (the presentation begins at the 57:30 mark in the video). Local coverage of the MWCOG vote: WTOP Washington Post Washington Business Journal

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