Tag: housing

By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton is getting a new comprehensive plan with a refreshed outlook on the county’s future and a new name: “Your Northampton 2040.” The title refers to the comprehensive plan’s purpose to describe “the community’s vision for where it wants to be in the next 20 years.” The...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition’s second annual conference, held online Sept. 25, focused on both finding affordable homes and keeping them, in light of the economic impacts of COVID-19. “Affordable, safe, and accessible housing is the foundation of a great community, and it seems this...
By Stefanie Jackson – Finding affordable housing isn’t easy whether one rents or buys a home, but the Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition made it a little easier by hosting an online housing conference Aug. 21. Local real estate agents, lenders, and state and federal housing program associates shared their...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition recently surveyed local housing developers and real estate professionals, and the results showed “no particular surprises” but highlighted the difficulty of developing housing in Accomack and Northampton counties. The housing coalition’s committee on private sector collaboration discussed the survey results...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition, whose goal is to provide more affordable housing opportunities on the Shore, held a quarterly meeting in June, and a recurring theme appeared to be, “think big, start small, and build up.” Ava Wise, of the New Road Community Development...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition met March 6 at the Historic Onancock School, where participants shared insights on why the Shore lacks affordable housing and what must be done to fix the problem. Ramona Chapman, of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, facilitated. David...
By Stefanie Jackson – Eastern Shore residents turned out by the dozens Jan. 29 for an affordable housing workshop at the Exmore town hall, led by the Berkley Group, the consulting firm helping the Northampton planning commission through the process of updating its county’s comprehensive plan. A second housing workshop...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton leaders are working to rebuild a foundation for affordable housing opportunities on the Eastern Shore. Ava Wise, president of the United States Sustainable Development Corporation, recently organized a housing summit on the Shore, with the encouragement of Ramona Chapman, from the Virginia Department...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton supervisors unanimously approved the appropriation of $25,000 for Northampton County Social Services and the Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging Tuesday night, for emergency use to find shelter for individuals and families who have become homeless during the dangerously hot summer. “I cannot imagine anybody...