The City of Falls Church is a co-sponsor and will be one of the exhibitors at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 19 at Freedom High School, located at 15201 Neabsco Mills Road. The expo, a chance for those looking for more information on home ownership and rental opportunities to find that information, will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Among the features being offered at the expo, designed to educate attendees about location options, being prepared for buying or renting, understanding and improving credit scores, improving energy efficiency and more, are workshops, exhibits and free one-on-one credit counseling. The event is being hosted by Fairfax-based AHOME Foundation in cooperation with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the Town of Herndon.
“Unlike a lot of other housing expos, this expo focuses on home ownership opportunities and rental opportunities,” said Dana Lewis, a housing program analyst with the City’s Housing and Human Services Department. “And we have housing counselors that will be there – people that can get your credit report and talk about how to improve your finances and all those things kind of prepare people for whatever stage of home ownership that they are at. That’s the purpose of the expo.”
The City of Falls Church will have representatives of the City who will speak at two of the events at the expo. They will also have a exhibitors booth where people can learn about the City’s housing programs, including information about the City’s affordable dwelling units program. Along with the new mixed-use developments going up around the City there are also new affordable dwelling units – 18 units at the West Broad Residences and 14 at Lincoln at Tinner Hill, set to open this summer.
“We want to meet the needs of people from a variety of incomes that live and work in our localities and that includes us, City employees, people that live and work in the City, police and teachers, people that work at restaurants, grocery stores,” Lewis said. “I mean there’s a range of incomes in the City and we have units for lower incomes and what we call workforce incomes, which is a slight bit higher, and we’re trying to cater to everyone.
Especially in Falls Church, the cost of living is so high and incomes are so high from a large collection of the community, you don’t want to forget the members of the community who don’t make those high incomes.” For more information about the Northern Virginia Housing Expo, visit NoVaHousingExpo.org.