This week concluded the final forum of a five-part series around the state on rural housing. Yesterday’s event in Blackstone, Virginia, drew 50 stakeholders from the REALTOR® community, housing industry, non-profit organizations, and elected offices. Hosted by the Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® (SVAR), the event featured data and discussion led by Housing Virginia, a statewide affordable housing advocacy organization chaired by VAR Past President Kit Hale.
Previous forums were hosted by the Martinsville, Henry & Patrick Counties Association of REALTORS®, the Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS®, the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®, and the Chesapeake Bay and Rivers Association of REALTORS®.
Each public forum has welcomed REALTOR® members and others to examine statistics about the rural housing landscape and to engage in discussion about how to improve housing options in rural communities. Outcomes of these conversations are available on the Housing Virginia website and will contribute to recommendations presented at the Governor’s Housing Conference in November. Across all regions, suggestions included improving financial literacy and outreach for residents and increasing capacity of affordable inventory.
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is committed to contributing to an action plan to improve housing options and the lives of rural residents by continuing to build on the strong member and stakeholder engagement in this series. To share your perspective on rural housing and to learn about further occasions for dialogue with shareholders, contact the VAR Director of Community Outreach at Jenny@VARealtor.com.