Each year, residents from across the Richmond region look forward Affordable Housing Awareness Week, when more than 500 volunteers put on t-shirts instead of office clothes to participate in a volunteer-driven event that makes a difference for hundreds of members of our community. Participants in this spring tradition include the local businesses whose employees volunteer at worksites, the nonprofits that are building and repairing homes, and most importantly, our neighbors in need who often work side by side with volunteers.
Since the first AHAW, more than 4000 volunteers from across the Richmond area have worked at over 350 worksites, improving the quality of life for hundreds of our neighbors. Many hundred more have learned about affordable housing issues within our community and have become more active and engaged in making a difference.
AHAW 2016 Events
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM*
“RVA Snapshot: How our Regional Baseline Indicators Link to Housing”
*Registration and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:30 AM at the Virginia Historical Society
Join us in welcoming Ashley Hall, Manager of the Capital Region Collaborative, as she introduces a range of baseline indicators for the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Learn how these indicators – and the progress we’re making on improving them – tie to housing. The recently completed Indicators Project will help us to compare our region to similar communities elsewhere in the U.S. and measure our progress over time. Participants will also be introduced to the Metro View Tracker, a new, interactive database where users can access demographic and land use data to identify trends in the region. Click here to register.
April 24-30th, 2016
“A Day’s Work for Affordable Housing”
This spring tradition brings together area residents, local businesses, government employees, and community leaders who partner with area non-profits to volunteer at work sites, helping to build and repair homes for our neighbors in need. Click here to register to volunteer.
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
“Walking In Their Shoes”
Coordinated by Homeward, this “homeless simulation” gives community leaders the opportunity to assume the identity of someone who might be experiencing homelessness, and are asked to navigate the many challenges faced by our region’s homeless population daily, including finding food, shelter, transportation, and needed resources. For more information about Walking In Their Shoes, please click here for news coverage on this event.