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Loudoun Chamber Voices Support For Additional Funding to Address Housing Needs in County Budget

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Loudoun Chamber Voices Support For Additional Funding
to Address Housing Needs in County Budget
 
Lansdowne, VA - The Loudoun Chamber is calling on the Board of Supervisors to provide increased funding for the County’s Housing Trust in next year’s budget, to provide additional resources to address Loudoun’s housing affordability crisis.
 
Speaking at the February 25th Public Input Session on the FY2021 Budget, the Chamber’s VP of Government Affairs Grafton deButts told the Board Loudoun’s affordability crisis, the result of demand for housing far outpacing supply, has left local businesses struggling to find staff to fill available jobs. 
 
“The business community is ready to hire. Jobs across all sectors and levels are going unfilled at wages higher than what you would expect. If we can increase the housing supply, the barriers around this community to live and work will shrink,” deButts said.
 
The Board of Supervisors will hold one more public input session on Saturday, February 29th and will begin budget deliberations on Monday, March 1st. 
 
The Chamber will take a hard look at the region’s housing affordability crisis, and how area jurisdictions are addressing this crisis, at its next PolicyMaker Series event on Friday, March 20th titled “Housing the Region’s Workforce.”
 
Speakers include Paul DesJardin, Director of Community Planning Services for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Thomas E. Fleetwood, Director of Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and Stephen P. Wilson, President and Principal of SCG Development.
 
DesJardin will offer a full briefing on the Council of Governments’ 2019 Report: The Future of Housing in the Greater Washington, while Fleetwood will discuss Fairfax County’s efforts to develop and implement their Housing Strategy. Then Wilson will then discuss how he, as a private developer, is able to work in collaboration with these strategies to impact the affordable housing units in our community. Learn more and register for the event at www.LoudounChamber.org/events.
 
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