2020 Housing Challenge
Fairfax County and the George Mason University School of Business are proud to host the 2020 Housing Challenge, a policy hackathon.
This event will bring together students, residents, industry professionals, housing advocates and policy experts to provide solutions for enhanced home affordability — particularly for those earning low to moderate incomes — in Fairfax County.
Cash prizes will be awarded to winning teams.
There are three focus areas:
Communications: Enhancing Public Awareness and Support for Affordable Housing – Design a modern, comprehensive communications strategy to gain broad support for the 5K by 15 goal across sectors, industries, partners, geographies, and residents.
Partnerships: Engage Employers and Non-Traditional Partners in Providing Affordable Housing – Despite new resources being dedicated to affordable housing, Fairfax County anticipates a gap of at least 10,000 units, affordable to households earning 60 percent of median income and below, over the next 15 years. Recognizing that government cannot solve this issue in isolation, develop a set of comprehensive policy solutions that will engage employers and non-traditional partners in solving this challenge.
Faith Communities: Facilitating Their Participation in the Affordable Housing Solution – Many houses of worship have underutilized land that could be developed either by selling it or ground leasing it to a developer. Create a multifaceted policy framework to provide technical expertise to houses of worship in order to increase the stock of affordable housing.
SAVE THE DATE
Challenge participants will be invited to pre-event webinar that will be held on Monday, March 2, from 10 a.m to noon.
Participants will receive more information about both the workshop and challenge event at a later date. For more information in the meantime, Linda Hoffman or visit the challenge webpage.
Contact Eric Maribojoc with George Mason University if you’re interested in sponsoring this event.