City Seeks Input on Housing Issues for Study

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

​The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is seeking input on various housing-related issues for the Virginia Beach housing study. Results from the study will be used to guide city policy and funding for housing and neighborhood preservation programs.

There are two ways residents can provide input online:

  • A short anonymous survey is available to collect demographic information and measure residents' perceptions on housing issues. Questions include which district do you live in? Do you rent or own your home in Virginia Beach? How many years have you lived in Virginia Beach? In your view, how is Virginia Beach today compared to when you first moved to the city? Is school quality something that affects housing prices in Virginia Beach? Is affordable housing an issue in Virginia Beach?
  • On Aug. 10, the city held public meetings to preview preliminary findings  from the housing study and seek input on residents' challenges and concerns related to housing. Residents who were unable to attend the meetings and participate in the focus groups can still provide more in-depth feedback at Virtual Town Hall.

The online survey and Virtual Town Hall forum both close on Friday, Sept. 16.

The housing study is being conducted by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and czb, LLC, a neighborhood planning firm. The study will provide information on the city's household demographics, housing stock, homeownership and rental rates, neighborhood characteristics and more. It will also reveal trends, housing needs and opportunities for achieving the city's goals for affordability and the preservation and enhancement of existing housing.

For more information, visit www.vbgov.com/housing-study

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