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McDonnell directs formulation of policy to expand affordable housing

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced this morning that his administration will develop a comprehensive policy to promote affordable housing. He said it would be the first time an effort to develop a wide-reaching strategy to address the issue has been centered in the governor's office.

McDonnell said he would soon name members of a workgroup to develop the policy, to be headed by Senior Economic Adviser Bob Sledd. The committee will meet with an eye to putting forward final policy recommendations in the fall. McDonnell will also sign an executive order this week outlining the policy aims for addressing homelessness and expanding housing.

"As you look at what does it take for everybody to have equal opportunity and access to the American dream, it really to me starts with a new job, to feel that sense of dignity in work. And right with that is the ability to have sustainable, affordable housing, to have a roof and shelter," McDonnell said.

McDonnell's announcement came as he toured the Lincoln Mews Apartments in Richmond. The complex is being redeveloped by the Better Housing Coalition into units that incorporate green technologies to keep energy prices low.

He spoke in a community room with a picture window looking out over a pile of debris where the group is rebuilding a section of apartments. At one point, a man wearing an orange vest walked by, a ladder on his shoulder.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 28, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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