Press Releases

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia now offers FREE Up-TO-Date Housing Statistics
May 30, 2008

The Center for Housing Leadership at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) announces the release of the inaugural Virginia Housing Statistics Snapshot, a FREE data source for media focusing on the housing market in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Snapshot, which includes statistics related to housing from leading sources, organizes data-rich information on affordable housing, fair housing, and fair lending.

Equal Housing – Equal Voice
January 29, 2008

Housing Advocates to Converge on Capitol Square– January 31st.

Foreclosures Skyrocket in Virginia (Up 138%)
May 15, 2007

Foreclosures in Virginia increased by 138% in the first quarter of 2007, compared to the first quarter of 2006, according to data tracked by foreclosure specialists, RealtyTrac. Virginia’s rate of increase vastly exceeded the national average of 35%.

HOME opens Tidewater office
April 18, 2007

On April 19, 2007, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) formally opens its doors in Portsmouth.

Visions of a Dream Photo Exhibit Media Advisory
April 11, 2007

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. and Wachovia have partnered to bring seminal images of those critical days of the Chicago Freedom Movement to Richmond by Chicago-Based Civil Rights Activist, Former Priest, and Photographer Bernard J. Kleina.

HOME offers Free Classes for Managing Your Money
January 18, 2007

Following the holidays, many families realize just how far they have fallen further into debt as bills start to arrive. The percentage of the average family’s disposable income devoted to covering debt payments reached an all-time high in 2006. Credit cards are maxed out and many are now falling behind on their rent or mortgage. In Richmond, the projected foreclosure rate for subprime loans made in 2006 is 20.2%. That is 1 out of every 5! The average American credit card holder has $9200 in debt.

Virginia Families Must Earn $17.13/Hour to Afford 2-BR Apartment
December 12, 2006

According to a report released today, the Housing Wage for Virginia is $17.13. The Housing Wage is the hourly wage a family must earn – working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year – to be able to afford rent and utilities in the private housing market. This represents an increase of 42% since 2000.

HOME WINS GOVERNOR’s BEST HOUSING ORGANIZATION AWARD
December 5, 2006

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. has received the Best Housing Organization Award as presented by Gov. Tim Kaine at the 2006 Governor’s Housing Conference in Norfolk on November 30th.

HSBC Awards $90,000 Grant to HOME
May 24, 2006

HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HBC) today announced it has awarded a $90,000 grant to Housing Opportunities Made Equal to fund the Richmond-based not-for-profit organization’s financial literacy and first-time homebuyer programs.

HOME’s Renewed Fight for Change
March 20, 2006

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. today announced an organizational realignment to better fight inequities in housing access and opportunities.

Fair Housing Complaint Filed Against Manassas
January 10, 2006

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. announced today that it has filed a fair housing complaint against the City of Manassas for the adoption and enforcement of an ordinance defining “family” in a way that limits the ability of Latino households to live in Manassas.

“Sign Swiping Day” Sept 30 in the City of Richmond
September 29, 2005

Signs that say, “WE STOP FORECLOSURES! WE BUY HOMES! HOMES FOR CASH!” are sprouting up all across the US, and Richmond is certainly seeing its share. But beware! A new form of fraud and predatory lending is sweeping the nation and it is called “foreclosure rescue scams”.

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