Advocacy and Educational Materials
“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.
LOCAL ADVOCACY -
How can you get involved?
First, to understand housing issues in our area, watch the Fauquier NAACP "Housing Committee Spotlight" in the Videos section below. Then:
Make the Housing Committee aware of local housing concerns, especially those related to inequities.
Subscribe to Warrenton Town Council Planning Commission meetings and follow housing, zoning, and land use topics.
Town Council Meetings - 2nd Tuesday, 630PM (Work session 9:30AM)
Planning Commission Meetings - 3rd Tuesday, 7PM
Subscribe to County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meeting notices and follow housing, zoning, and land use topics.
Stay updated on Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Housing topics - Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, VA (rrregion.org)
Attend public hearings or write a public comment. We can help!
Write a letter to the editor (LTE). We can help!
Ask your Town Council or Board of Supervisor representative what they are doing to further safe, quality, and affordable housing in our county and towns.
Ask your state representative where they stand on 2021 Virginia NAACP Legislative Priorities on Housing
Look for upcoming 2022 priorities.
Housing Committee Spotlight
Presented at the 66th Freedom Fund Celebration on August 27, 2021.
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.
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.