At the beginning of February 2019, at the Urban Land Institute’s Midwinter Meeting of global trustees, the Washington Housing Initiative was featured on a panel hosted by the Terwilliger Center for Housing on how the region can prepare for Amazon’s arrival. The discussion highlighted how the disappearance of workforce housing is a national as well as local issue.
The event underscores FC2’s ability to tap into national policy networks to share our ideas and learn from other cities facing similar challenges. We hope that the Washington Housing Initiative can be part of an emerging national model for preserving workforce housing.
The event was also an example of how our FC2 Trustees can work together to accomplish civic goals. In this case, our Chair, Ed Walter, from ULI and AJ Jackson from JBG Smith used their platforms to bring national attention to an important FC2 project.
The Washington Housing Initiative aims to preserve and develop up to 3,000 units of affordable workforce housing in the region. The non-profit portion of the Initiative, called the Washington Housing Conservancy, is being incubated here at the FC2.
To learn more about the Washington Housing Initiative, please visit our website by clicking HERE.