By Shenita Bethea
Housing and Human Services Manager
The Regional Housing Symposia was held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). Keynote Speaker, Trip Pollard, from the Southern Environmental Law Center presented his recent report, Jobs, Transportation, and Affordable Housing: Connecting Home and Work. This report was released in partnership with Housing Virginia and can be viewed at http://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/publications/connecting_home_and_work.pdf .
In his report, Mr. Pollard provided an overview of the challenges facing communities as they try to create better coordination between where people reside as it relates to their employment location. The report also identifies practical, workable solutions and opportunities to build a better future for Virginia’s communities. A host of other solutions are also offered, including:
In addition to Mr. Pollard’s presentation, a panel of community leaders representing the fields of housing, economic development and transportation gave brief presentations and provided insight regarding this topic.
The event was sponsored by Housing Virginia, BB&T, Hampton Roads Housing Consortium, Hampton Roads ULI, Tidewater Builders Association, Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, The Housing Roundtable, and Light Rail Now, Inc. The symposium can be viewed on the HRPDC’s YouTube channel or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoXaqkiwGAg