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2020 Housing Challenge


2020 Housing Challenge

Affordable housing is a critical priority facing Fairfax County. The anticipated growth of the community, increasing rents and only modest increases in household income means that individuals and families earning low to moderate incomes are finding it increasingly difficult to find price-appropriate housing options in the communities where they work. Fairfax County has adopted the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan ,which outlines a number of strategies along with policy and resource development opportunities that can help enhance its affordable housing portfolio; however, it is plainly clear that true success, when it comes to affordable housing, is a communitywide achievement.

That's where you come in!

Fairfax County and the George Mason University School of Business are proud to host the 2020 Housing Challenge as a means of bringing together residents, students, housing advocates, industry professionals and policy experts to provide solutions to three critical challenges facing Fairfax County in our pursuit towards enhanced home affordability - particularly for those earning low to moderate incomes. Cash prizes will be awarded!

2020 Housing Challenge - March 11, 2020

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
George Mason University's Merten Hall, Room 1201
(4441 George Mason Blvd., Fairfax)

Presenters to include:

  • The Honorable Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Maury Peiperl, Dean, George Mason University School of Business
  • Chuck Bean, Executive Director, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments
  • Michelle Krocker, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Brian McLaughlin, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Development, Inc.
  • Carmen Romero, Vice President of Real Estate Development, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • George Masson University Students and Faculty - Marc Fournier, Bobby Klancher, Kevin Larios, Nicole Wickliffe and Bob Wulff

This full-day event will bring together individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences from all over the county to tackle three critical policy challenges facing Fairfax County and our communitywide progress towards affordable housing. All are welcome to participate.


3 Challenges

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speakers will highlight the imperative for affordable housing in the region and Fairfax County as well as why support for this issue is critical.


  • Dr. Maury Peiperl, Dean, George Mason University School of Business (Invited)
  • FCRHA Chairperson

Opening Remarks: 

  • The Honorable Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Braddock District, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Congressman Gerry Connolly, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Senator Mark Warner, U.S. Senate
  • Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Senate

Plenary Discussion:

Affordable Housing - The Cornerstone to Strong Economies, Healthy Communities, and Thriving Schools
Local leaders discuss the critical importance of affordable housing as a foundation for a strong economy, health in all communities, and education success for students of all ages.

Moderator: Melissa McKenna, FCRHA

Speakers (Invited):

  • Patricia Mathews, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Health Foundation
  • Victor Hoskins, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Dr. Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University

11:00 – 11:15 am Break

Session #1 - Affordable Housing: A Prescription for Community Health

Moderator: Dr. Ali Weinstein, Associate Professor of Global and Community Health, GMU (Invited)

Speakers (Invited):

  • Dominic Bonaiuto, Director, Central Region Government & Community Relations, Inova Health System
  • George Leventhal, Director for Community Health (DC and Maryland), Kaiser Permanente • Shannon Guzman, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Jillian and Scott Copeland, Main Street Connect
  • Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director, Fairfax County Health Department

12:30 – 1:30 pm Break

Session #2 - Affordable Housing: Making the Grade for Educational Success

Moderator: Abra Lyons-Warren, Senior Program and Policy Manager, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (Invited)


  • Eric Maribojoc, Executive Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University School of Business

2:30– 2:45 pm Break


Pre-Challenge Webinar - March 2, 2020

Thank you to all who attended the Pre-Challenge Webinar on Monday, March 2. For those who were unable to attend, you can find the complete video recording of the webinar below. Additionally, as part of today's presentation, it was requested that we provide a link to past hackathons hosted by Fairfax County. You can find similar events posted on the Fairfax County Economic Success website here.



If you have questions about the 2020 Housing Challenge, please contact Linda Hoffman at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov



This event is being provided by Fairfax County in partnership with 

FCRHA      George Mason Universith School of Business

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