Educational Material for the General Public
“Half of the top ten cities with the highest eviction rates nationwide are in Virginia.”
“Evictions are not equally distributed by race. In fact, race is far more influential than rent burden percentage or income in determining if a family will be evicted. In other words, evictions present a significant issue of racial inequity that the Commonwealth must resolve.”
The Commission made seven recommendations to Gov. Northam with two primary goals: increase Virginia’s affordable housing stock for those earning 30% or less and 50% or less of area median income and reduce the occurrence of evictions.
Fauquier County Housing News
On Feb 16, 2021 the Warrenton Town Planning Commission on a 5-1 vote certified the Warrenton Town Comprehensive Plan and has recommended the Warrenton Town Council approve the plan. The Warrenton Town Council will hear Public comments on March 9, April 13, and on possibly one more date before they vote on the plan.
Find more background on the Town Comprehensive Plan here including a summary of the Fauquier NAACP concerns with the Plan’s housing section. In addition, this article about Oliver City, amplifies the need to preserve and support existing communities.
Please find the NAACP Housing Committee’s detailed 4 page response outlining concerns with regard to affordable housing and the preservation of early African American communities.
We encourage our members and town residents to review the plan and our response and voice your opinions to your representatives.
Photo credit: Cassandra Brown, Fauquier Now
Articles & Videos
Housing Segregation and Redlining in America:
A Short History | Code Switch | NPR
In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.
White Americans confront legacy of housing discriminations
Tony Dokoupil reflects on how his family benefited from government housing policies that were denied to Black Americans. He looks at how those policies contributed to America's wealth gap and asks what should be done about it.
Seven Days Documentary - 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Edition
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the National Fair Housing Alliance’s 30th Anniversary, Nationwide released on January 25, 2018, its short documentary film “Seven Days.” The short film, produced by Nationwide, chronicles the seven days between the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act.
As Warrenton mulls its future, Oliver City neighbors speak up for current town residents
A draft of the new Warrenton Comprehensive Plan, the formal 20-year vision for the town, is currently being considered by town council members.
Photo Credit: Coy Ferrell, Fauquier Times
In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects Of Past Housing Discrimination Are Plain To See
Torey Edmonds lived all of her life in the house that her father built in the East End of Church Hill in Richmond, Va. Over the years she says she has witnessed the detrimental effects of redlining on her neighborhood and community.