Like bridges and roads, affordable housing is an investment in a community’s infrastructure. Along with numerous social benefits, housing affordability supports diverse jobs and wage levels, and it attracts and retains workers – all critical to a community’s long-term economic success. Housing affordability also contributes to a community’s quality of life – increasingly important to businesses.
Many Virginians consider housing affordability a positive community benefit. According to a 2017 Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement poll, 82% of Virginia voters believe that people who work in their community should be able to live in their community, and 56% connect the availability of housing options with the economic success of their community.