Oct 01

Board Adopts Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan; Plan is Online

Posted on October 1, 2021 at 2:03 PM by Nancy McCormick

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has adopted the Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP), which is designed to help the county and its partners improve housing access, quality and affordability for all families. The plan identifies strategies and actions to address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The plan also creates housing targets over the short term and the long term.

Plan Objectives

The UHNSP has five objectives with specific strategies and key actions that will help the county address housing needs:

  • Establish a coordinated, collaborative and integrated housing network.
  • Secure land resources needed to address unmet housing needs.
  • Obtain viable funding sources.
  • Provide incentives, establish priorities and increase access to affordable housing.
  • Implement policy changes to support affordable housing production and preservation.

These five objectives and their associated key actions provide a comprehensive approach to begin to address the affordability gaps that exist in the county. This approach is based on research, best practices and Loudoun County’s specific housing needs and housing market. 

Attainable Housing Goal

The UHNSP sets an attainable housing goal for 2040 of 16,000 units; this goal falls in line with the land use planning policies of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which calls for 20 percent of forecasted new Loudoun housing to be affordable housing. This would add 8,200 new affordable housing units to the supply by 2040. An additional 7,800 affordable housing units would be developed from existing housing. 

Developing the Plan

The Board of Supervisors initiated the process of developing the UHNSP in September 2019 with public participation as a key element. In addition to comments made directly to members of the Board of Supervisors, members of the public were encouraged to attend community meetings about the plan and respond to an online survey on housing, community development needs and fair housing issues. 

Quarterly Updates

The public can follow the progress of implementation of the UHNSP by viewing quarterly updates to the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee

More Information

More information about the UNHSP, including the adopted plan document and a link to sign up for updates on the plan’s implementation, is available at loudoun.gov/housingneeds.

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Jul 06

Updates on the Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan and Regional Housing Equity Plan

Posted on July 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM by Sarah OConnell

The Office of Housing would like to share updates on two initiatives currently underway in Loudoun County – The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) and the Regional Housing Equity Plan.

Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan

The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) is a key implementation step of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the UHNSP is to define how the county will address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The final draft of the UHNSP was presented at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on May 12, 2021. At the May 12 public hearing, the Board of Supervisors referred the UHNSP to the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) for further consideration. The UHNSP is now expected to return to the September 7 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting for final consideration.

Regional Housing Equity Plan

Loudoun County is one of seven participating jurisdictions that are working collaboratively to develop a Regional Housing Equity Plan, also known as the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice or “AI.” The Regional AI process is
being coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require localities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to prepare a Fair Housing Plan. In the past, each individual jurisdiction submitted a plan. The Regional Housing Equity Plan aims to increase collaboration, innovation, and effectiveness of strategies throughout the metropolitan area. It is expected to be completed in 2022.

Community engagement for the Regional Housing Equity Plan is underway. Three virtual workshops are being offered in July on the topic of Housing, Equity, and Race: Fair Housing in the DMV Region. These workshops are free and open to the public. They will engage participants in discussion on the intersection of housing, transportation, environment, and race and will help inform the Regional AI.


The Loudoun County Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan and Regional Housing Equity Plan are separate projects with unique targets and lenses and different implementation timelines. The projects will, however, enhance one another as both work towards the goal of ensuring attainable, quality housing for all of Loudoun’s community members.


Apr 08

Public Comment Invited on Loudoun County Draft Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 2:41 PM by Nancy McCormick

As the Loudoun County Office of Housing finalizes the county’s Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP), members of the public are invited to review the draft plan and share their feedback. 

The strategic plan is designed to help the county and its partners improve housing access, quality and affordability for all families. It identifies strategies and actions to address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The plan will also aim to create housing targets over the short term and the long term (the next five years).

Review the Draft Strategic Plan

The draft plan was presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at its April 6, 2021, business meeting. The Board’s feedback and input from the public will be included in the final draft plan, which is scheduled to be presented to the Board at its May 12, 2021, public hearing.

To review the draft Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan, visit loudoun.gov/housingneeds.

Provide Input

After reviewing the draft strategic plan, residents are invited to share their feedback online and in person.

Background

The UNHSP has five objectives with specific strategies and key actions that will help the county address housing needs:
  • Establish a coordinated, collaborative and integrated housing network.
  • Secure land resources needed to address unmet housing needs.
  • Obtain viable funding sources.
  • Provide incentives, establish priorities and increase access to affordable housing.
  • Implement policy changes to support affordable housing production and preservation.

These five objectives and their associated key actions provide a comprehensive approach, based on research, best practice, and Loudoun County’s specific housing needs and housing market, to start addressing the affordability gaps that exist in the county.

To learn more about the county’s existing housing programs, visit loudoun.gov/housing.

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