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Eight area governments finalize Regional Fair Housing Plan, focus on implementing strategies to improve equity

Eight local jurisdictions across metropolitan Washington have finalized a Regional Fair Housing Plan, submitted their portions of the plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December, and are now looking ahead at implementing its goals and strategies. The update on the plan, which marks the first time in 25 years that local jurisdictions have joined together on a similar effort, was announced today at the Board of Directors meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).  

The local jurisdictions that developed the plan in coordination with COG are: City of Alexandria, VA; Arlington County, VA; the District of Columbia; Fairfax County, VA; City of Gaithersburg, MD; Loudoun County, VA; Montgomery County, MD; and Prince William County, VA.

The plan includes an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice across the region and provides strategies to increase access to safe and affordable housing, increase investment and resources in priority areas, and create more inclusive communities. The plan also highlights the finding that metropolitan Washington has become more segregated by race and income since 1990.

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