The Roanoke Regional Housing Network is a standing committee of the Council of Community Services. The Network provides a forum for the region’s housing interests to proactively identify housing solutions. The Network brings together organizations and groups with complementary interests to promote discussion and facilitate action.

The Network is the only organization in the region that:

  • Advocates equal opportunities for all types of housing throughout the Roanoke region, for ALL income levels and population groups;
  • Promotes comprehensive initiatives and strategies to enhance housing contribution to the region;
  • Facilitates cooperation and communications among housing interests;
  • Sponsors dialogue and understanding of housing issues.

Become a Member 

Membership Information

Membership is on a calendar year (January 1 – December 31) Pro-rated rates available.

Organizations: $75 per year, $135 two years
Neighborhood Group: $50
Individual: $25

Membership Brochure & Application

Activities 

The Network meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 AM.

Symposium 

The Roanoke Regional Housing Network (RRHN) is hosting its bi-annual Housing Symposium on Thursday, May 6th, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This year’s virtual Symposium is presented by Virginia Housing.

The keynote address for this event, titled “Housing Headwinds in 2021,” will be presented by Dr. Robert Dietz.

Robert Dietz, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist for the National Association of Home Builders, where he leads a team of 12 economists whose responsibilities include forecasts of housing and economic trends, survey research, and home building industry and policy analysis. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing topics. He is the nation’s leading analyst of the residential construction industry.

The event will also include a diverse array of panelists from various professional backgrounds and industries, who will cover topics including:

  • Affordable Housing and Health
  • COVID-19 and Affordable Housing

More information on the event’s schedule and the featured panelists can be found on the attached Symposium program below. The registration fee for this year’s virtual Housing Symposium is $15.00. The deadline to register is May 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

RRHN 2021 Symposium Program

Affordable Housing Advocacy Award 

Decent, affordable and accessible housing is the right of every citizen and is critical to the economic health and development of our region. To further its mission to encourage proactive involvement in housing issues, the Roanoke Regional Housing Network, a standing committee of the Council of Community Services, created the Affordable Housing Advocacy Award to recognize and reward the outstanding advocacy efforts of an individual or agency in our region. The award will be presented at the organization’s Roanoke Regional Housing Symposium. The recipient will receive $500.

Nomination Process:

Nominations for the Affordable Housing Advocacy Award may be made by any member of the Roanoke Valley community. Nominees may be member agency employees, volunteers, or any other member of a specific community so long as their advocacy efforts have been notable. Elected officials are also eligible for consideration. Nominations must be received by the chair no later than April 15th. Please email the nomination form below to Nathan McClung at nmcclung@vintonva.gov. If you have questions, please call 540.283.7009.

The Affordable Housing Advocacy Award Selection Committee shall be comprised of the RRHN Chair, Vice Chair and symposium planning committee.  The committee shall meet at the close of the nomination period to discuss and select a recipient. The committee shall submit their selection to the Chair in preparation of the award plaque and $500 check.

Award Criterion:

Recipients of the award shall be selected with the following criterion:

  • Impact on legislation: Actions having an impact on advancing affordable, quality and accessible housing legislation; generating support and/or raising new awareness among legislators. (25 points)
  • Raising community awareness: Actions generating support for and raising awareness among the general public and community decision-makers regarding the benefits of and the need for affordable, quality and accessible housing and community development partners. (25 points)
  • Mobilizing Grassroots Advocacy: Actions that mobilize legislative advocacy by fellow housing and community development partners and other members of the community. (25 points)
  • Within the above criteria, additional points may be awarded as follows:
    • Overall impact of efforts (10 points)
    • Local innovation (5 points)
    • Consistency of efforts (5 points)
    • Replicability (5 points)

Nominations shall be scored in accordance with the above criterion and point system. The nominee with the highest score shall be selected for the award. The Selection Committee shall have the ability to make more than one award if there is a tie or it is felt that more than one Affordable Housing Advocacy Award is warranted. No more than two awards will be given during any award period.

Nomination Form:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCACY AWARD form