McClellan Addresses Affordable Housing Needs in Sterling March

Residents affected by the high cost of living in Loudoun raised their voices this weekend and asked state senator and gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McClellan about the housing crisis.

About 30 New Virginia Majority supporters on Saturday—International Workers’ Day—marched from Sterling Plaza to a field behind Sterling Elementary School to demand county officials invest in affordable housing and rent relief programs. According to a statement from the group, 39% of Loudoun households making 30-50% of the area median income spend more than half of their monthly income on rent.

Once at the field, the marchers were joined by more supporters, continued their chants, sang a song, heard from individuals affected by the high cost of housing and asked McClellan about the housing crisis.

McClellan pointed out that the march was taking place on May 1, the day the first of three incremental minimum wage hikes in Virginia took effect. Now, Virginians earning minimum wage will make $9.50 an hour, rising to a total of $12 per hour in 2023. But, McClellan said, state leaders still need to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, invest in affordable housing through the Housing Trust Fund and ensure local governments don’t discriminate against those affected by the affordable housing crisis.

“That’s a lot of work but we can do it,” she said.

McClellan told the marchers that government is at its best when it works to solve problems, meet crises, improve lives and invest in communities. At its worst, she said, government oppresses some people for the benefit of others.

“It’s time for a governor that brings a new perspective who doesn’t just give you a seat at the table but takes the table out to you who will center your story and your needs and build a Virginia that is stronger and more united and leaves no Virginian and no community behind,” she said. “That’s why I’m running for governor.”

Loudoun NAACP First Vice President Ron Campbell told the marchers that “housing is a human right.”

“We are not standing alongside of you, we are you,” he said. “It’s not affordable if it’s not attainable.”

6 thoughts on “McClellan Addresses Affordable Housing Needs in Sterling March

  • 2021-05-02 at 11:26 am
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    Allowing Lo Co County Employees to Unionize and have Collective Bargaining will cause Taxes to rise thus leaving residents less money for Housing.

  • 2021-05-02 at 3:06 pm
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    Loudoun county has no businesses being in the housing business.
    Marching and asking other people to pay for your home is pathetic.
    Do what the rest of us did……..earn it.

  • 2021-05-02 at 6:55 pm
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    She wants to bring the table to you along with everyone else’s chair and meals.

    A socialist walks into a bar announces “Next round is on me now who’s paying?”

  • 2021-05-03 at 9:15 am
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    I strongly suggest that these folks study some of the lectures and debates by the late, Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman.

    If they’re open to a dose of reality, it would could be a very educational experience for them.

    But we all know that this is all about putting unreasonable demands on society. Inching our way toward Marxism. But making sure to wrap it up in the banner of “fairness.”

  • 2021-05-03 at 3:21 pm
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    I am over people marching for change, it you want to effectuate change just do it. Year after year our property taxes increase so if you want to make housing more affordable please start there.

  • 2021-05-03 at 8:43 pm
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    Pathetic.

    Thirty people marching around telling us we have to help pay for their homes. Doesn’t work that way.

    Loudoun should not be offering subsidized housing. These people have no idea that jacking the minumum wage will force owners to REDUCE employees hours.

    Marxism doesn’t teach basic economics.

    Free advice- move or downsize your home.

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