Each year, residents from across the Richmond region look forward Affordable Housing Awareness Week, when more than 500 volunteers put on t-shirts instead of office clothes to participate in a volunteer-driven event that makes a difference for hundreds of members of our community. Participants in this spring tradition include the local businesses whose employees volunteer at worksites, the nonprofits that are building and repairing homes, and most importantly, our neighbors in need who often work side by side with volunteers.
Since AHAW began eight years ago, more than 3500 volunteers from across the Richmond area have worked at over 250 worksites, improving the quality of life for hundreds of our neighbors. Many hundred more have learned about affordable housing issues within our community and have become more active and engaged in making a difference. We invite you to participate as a sponsor this year, so that AHAW can continue to bring attention to Richmond’s affordable housing needs in exciting ways.
AHAW 2015 Events
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments and Strategies”
University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center
3:30PM Presentation followed by a cocktail reception
PHA will present an important study by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech. This study, done in collaboration with the Regional Housing Alliance and the Capital Region Collaborative, is expected to draw more than 250 people who will hear recommendations about addressing the region’s housing needs. This event will also promote Affordable Housing Awareness Week.
April 19-25th, 2015
“A Day’s Work for Affordable Housing”
This spring tradition brings together local businesses, government employees, and community leaders who partner with area non-profits to volunteer at worksites, helping to build and repair homes for our neighbors in need. Click here to register as a volunteer beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
“Walking In Their Shoes”
Coordinated by Homeward, this “homeless simulation” gives community leaders the opportunity to assume the identity of someone who might be experiencing homelessness, and are asked to navigate the many challenges faced by our region’s homeless population daily, including finding food, shelter, transportation, and needed resources.