Affordable Housing Is Disappearing For Many Virginians
The Southern Environmental Law Centers say housing is no longer affordable for many Virginians and policymakers need to re-examine ways to connect jobs, transportation and housing to meet changing conditions.
It's partly the recession, partly older demographics, partly higher transportation, but it all adds up to a housing crisis.
Pollard: Almost half of all renters in Virginia are carrying an unsustainable burden and a substantial number of homeowners as well.
Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center, says the trend of moving out and moving up that began after World War II has to be reversed and it may take zoning changes in each community to do that.
Pollard: We're not endorsing any kind of a one-size-fits-all.
He says, among other things, we need to provide incentives for mixed-use, mixed-income developments that are energy-efficient, walkable and served by public transit.
Pollard: The bottom line is that the demand for the typical McMansion or stand-alone suburban home has, in fact, declined and there's some estimates that we've way overbuilt for that market, while at the same time, we haven't provided enough other housing choices for people.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News