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When We Walk By – Kevin Adler

Exclusion presumes unbelonging, but there is no Planet Homelessness from where our neighbors experiencing homelessness emerged. Homelessness is a homegrown problem. Most of our unhoused neighbors were once our housed neighbors — and family members, classmates and friends. It’s long past time that we start treating them as such. This book was left on my…

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Glebe View in Fairfax City VA – Affordable Housing

 (Oct 4, 2021) Catherine Read talks with Andy Blomme, a member of the Fairfax Presbyterian Church, about the housing project known as Glebe View. Their church decided to provide a 99-year land lease for constructing ten townhouses on their parking lot to meet the needs of low-income families. Their initial Request for Proposals (RFP)…

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Wesley Housing with Shelley Murphy

(Sept 2, 2020) Catherine Read talks with Shelley Murphy, CEO of Wesley Housing. For over 40 years, Wesley Housing has been building and renovating properties to provide housing for low-income and at-risk families. Based in Alexandria, VA, they have projects throughout the Northern Virginia/DC region. Shelley has led the organization since 2007. The Housing Association…

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The Lamb Center – Fairfax City

 (Oct 21, 2019) Catherine Read talks with members of The Lamb Center‘s operations staff. Located in Fairfax City, they provide support services for those unhoused in the community or who struggle to afford basic services like hot meals, laundry services, a place to shower, a clothing closet, a nurse, and dental services. There are…

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City Center NOVA – Inclusive Housing

(April 22, 2019) Catherine Read sits down with Paula Manion of the City Center NOVA Steering Committee and Larysa Krautz, Chief of Staff for Melwood, an organization that creates thousands of jobs annually for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. There are many challenges for adults with IDD,…

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Fair Housing with Margaret Squires

(Dec. 19, 2018) Catherine Read interviews Margaret Squires, Fair Housing Coordinator, Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs. Their discussion focuses on fair housing, and how her office handles claims of fair housing discrimination in the county. The Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs handles discrimination complaints in fives different areas: housing, employment,…

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VA Senator Scott Surovell on Inside Scoop

(Oct. 15, 2018) Catherine Read interviews State Senator Scott Surovell (D-36), in a discussion ranging from transportation to predatory lending to environmental reforms regarding coal ash. Sen. Surovell represents the 36th district, including parts of southeastern Fairfax, eastern Prince William and northern Stafford counties. Surovell is a native Virginian and graduate of West Potomac High…

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Gerald Poje – Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

(July 4, 2018) Catherine Read interviews Gerald Poje, member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee in Fairfax County. As housing prices continue to climb, the ability for a low or middle-income family to afford housing in Fairfax county decreases. This advisory committee is dedicated to finding ways to increase the amount of affordable housing, while…

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The Fight for Affordable Housing in Fairfax

(April 6, 2015) Catherine Read discusses Affordable Housing with Lisa Whetzel, the Executive Director of the non-profit Our Daily Bread, and with Ken McMillon of the Copmmunity Action Advisory Board. With numerous redevelopment projects in Fairfax City being presented for City Council approval, the issue of those displaced must be addressed.

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