xChats @ VAGHC 2021

The Treatment plan: Leveraging New Housing Resources Post-COVID

How should housers take full advantage of increased post-COVID resources to make sustained, equitable improvements in housing opportunities for all Virginians?

Someone says it every day: the pandemic has changed virtually everything, both in our lives and in the housing industry. We’re still learning to work with those changes—and more of them are coming all the time.

Now, it seems that housing is starting to get the attention we’ve always wanted, and plenty of funding to boot. But although these resources seem abundant, we still don’t have everything we need to overcome all of our housing challenges.

In November 2021, HousingForward brought the spirit of HousingX to the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. We broke down what resources we have and what can be done with them; what we need, and how we can get it. We convened four moderated discussions to drill into such topics as messaging, local and regional roles, scaling up, and cross-sector collaboration.



Joh Gehlbach, Richmond Association of REALTORS®

Erica Holmes, St. Joseph’s Villa

Moderated by Michelle Krocker, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, HousingForward Board Vice Chair

Local and Regional Roles

Jennifer Wilsie, New River Valley Regional Commission

Jovan Burton, Partnership for Housing Affordability (Richmond)

Moderated by Vaughn Poller, James City County, HousingForward Board Chair

Capacity Building

Carmen Romero, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Andy Kegley, Wythe HOPE, Inc.

Moderated by Erica Sims, HousingForward Executive Director for Strategy and Sustainability

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Sherry Norquist, Sentara Healthcare, HousingForward Board member

Kyle Rosner, Broadband Policy Assistant, Office of the Governor

Moderated by Tiffany Hollin-Wright, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, HousingForward Board member

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