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Just what is a housing trust fund and how might it work in Hburg?

As city leaders, organizations and advocates have debated ways to address Harrisonburg’s housing crunch, the concept of establishing a housing trust fund kept popping up. Here’s a guide to how a housing trust fund works, what other localities use one and how it might affect Harrisonburg’s affordable housing crunch.

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Suggestions for housing crunch include new coordinator position and a trust fund

Hiring a city housing coordinator, attracting higher paying employers, providing more incentives to developers and establishing a housing trust fund were among the 17 recommendations consultants suggested Tuesday to the Harrisonburg City Council.

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Reed and Romero return as city leaders. Now comes the hard part of leading Hburg’s recovery.

After the Harrisonburg City Council re-elected them to their positions for another two years on Monday, Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice-mayor Sal Romero outlined in interviews with The Citizen their shared priorities for the coming months, including recovering economically from the pandemic, encouraging affordable housing and building the second high school.

Study shows the extent of Hburg’s housing crunch

The types of housing units available in Harrisonburg — and the competitiveness of the housing market — particularly disadvantages lower-income residents, which the initial findings of a comprehensive housing study confirmed.

With CARES Act funding, city housing agency launches drive to recruit landlords

Landlords in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have an opportunity to get some guaranteed on-time rent payments and a few other incentives while also lending a helping hand to some of the area’s most vulnerable residents.

Democratic council candidates carve out slight differences over approaches toward housing, JMU and the golf course’s fate

The candidates seeking the Democratic nominations for this fall’s city council election signaled a general agreement on big-picture issues, such as supporting education and working to encourage affordable housing, although they each sought to differentiate themselves over how they’d prioritize certain approaches.

Council approves planned neighborhood; City outlines coronavirus preparations

A multi-generational planned community is one step closer to fruition after their rezoning request won approval from the Harrisonburg City Council in their meeting Tuesday evening. The group Harrisonburg Cohousing plans to build the neighborhood, called Juniper Hill Commons, on a five-and-a-half acre plot on Keezletown Road, just off of Country Club Road.

Community justice planner hired; Council approves first small houses in new zoning class 

Starting March 9, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will have a criminal justice planner, an addition to the court system for which local justice advocates have long been campaigning.

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