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Quality of Life: Expanding Affordable Housing

Affordable housing remains our most vexing challenge.  As I have said, we are victims of our own success.  The result is that land values have risen dramatically in recent years and more and more of Arlington’s small 26-square miles are at risk of becoming unaffordable.

As a former member of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, I know that Arlington does more than any jurisdiction in Virginia to assist low and moderate income residents to find a home and stay in Arlington.  We use many tools, including a revolving loan fund, housing grants, leveraging state and federal funding, and partnering with private non-profits. We need to reassess and expand our efforts as we work to ensure the income and ethnic diversity of our community.

We must ensure a human services safety net for the most vulnerable among us.  My work as Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia reinforced for me the value of our non-profit organizations, volunteerism, and compassion. 

Arlington's unique neighborhood conservation program and cultural programs/venues add exponentially to our quality of life. Additionally, my work in expanding our e-government capabilities has tangibly improved service delivery and improved the quality of life for many. 

Fisette for Arlington
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