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LETTER: Subsidize affordable housing – not new roads

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recent Prince William Times article noted: “Currently, there is no local funding source to incentivize the construction of affordable housing units in Prince William County.” 

The county supervisors can fix that. They could build over 1,000 new affordable units without increasing the budget. 

How?   

Instead of spending $10 million a year over the next 20 years to pay for bonds to construct the Va. 28 Bypass/Godwin Drive extendedthey could spend $10 million per year to build affordable housing.   

Cancel the road project. Build 1,000 new units next to affordable transportation, at places where everyone in the house with a job does not have to get their own car. Sell the new units at cost to first-time homebuyers. Give county employees priority.   

This would help families build equity and start addressing local wealth inequality. Cancelling the proposed commuter road would protect the homes of more than 50 families, including some in a mobile home park, in existing low-income, heavily Hispanic communities.   

We need more and better affordable housing more than we need a neighborhood-destroying four-lane road. 

The downside? Some commuters will have to use Prince William Parkway to get from Va. 28 to Interstate 66. They will reach Centreville faster on the new I-66 Express Lanes but might have to pay a little higher toll. 

Viewed through an equity lens, that’s a good trade-off. 
 
Charlie Grymes 

Gainesville 

 

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(6) comments

Omarndc72

Vote for the right governor. End this liberal, social welfare trap. Just look at woodbridge, low income with high crime.

Catharpin411

Charlie charlie...we live in a minority majority County and .any don't pay taxes except when they buy things.

I get taxed to death out here and driving stinks due to the greed of developers and cash starved PWC Supervisors.

Frankly if I can get toward faster and easier for a change I am all for it.

Frankly if illegals need affordable housing there are other counties nearby where ease to metro is close at hand.

No Charlie I have given enough

Faithmy

So scr€w the people working and paying the taxes to easy the congestion. Take more from the working class and give to the non tax payers. No. Absolutely not. No more taking from the producers to benefit the non producers. Enough of that. Want more affordable housing? LOWER PROPERTY TAXES. Want more slums? Drive the working middle class out of the community with congested roads, higher taxes, and an endless line of people with their hands out

Jackson15

How arrogant that you presume those needing affordable housing are "non producers". They are low income working class people needing affordable housing.

Faithmy

I don’t care. I’ve been bled to death with everyone with their hands out. I don’t care. I am not going to become homeless because others can’t or won’t take care of their own problems.

Catharpin411

Well said!

Plenty of good laying jobs out there thus plenty of opportunity for advancement.

Better roads so us taxpayers can keep going!

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