Letter: Mark Sell, Leesburg

Editor: I read with interest the recent opinion piece on the need for Board of Supervisors to do more to increase the supply of attainable housing. While I disagree on some aspects of the piece, I do believe the Board needs to increase the supply of “for sale” attainable housing.  

A variety of “for sale” housing will offer our local fire and rescue workers, Sheriff’s Office employees and others the opportunity to live in the county where they provide a vital service to us. Many of our first responders live outside Loudoun County and drive quite a distance because they cannot afford to buy a home in the county in which they serve.

The Board of Supervisors has to do a better job of encouraging “for sale” homes that are affordable to our hardworking first responders as well as others who work in Loudoun County but cannot afford to live here.

Mark Sell, Leesburg

5 thoughts on “Letter: Mark Sell, Leesburg

  • 2021-09-27 at 9:22 am

    Is there shame in renting? When is the last time a residential developer proposed an ENTIRE project that was for studio or one bedroom apartments instead of slyly adding a few ADU’s to suck in sentiment from the BOS? 🙂

    • 2021-09-27 at 1:11 pm

      There is no shame, but when you can own a house not in Loudoun or VA for much much cheaper than you can rent a 1br apartment in Loudoun, why would you live here? County employees can’t even afford (nor would I want to) live here, we don’t even qualify for the counties “low cost first time homebuyers” loans.

      • 2021-09-28 at 9:01 am

        Last time I checked, there is no shortage of people trying to get county jobs, despite this so-called housing crisis.
        County government should get back to managing basic services more efficiently and stop trying to solve every societal “issue “.
        Stop looking for the government to be your savior.

  • 2021-09-27 at 5:04 pm

    How would this guarantee that the houses would sold to first responders and not purchased by investors as rental properties?

  • 2021-09-28 at 8:57 am

    Government involvement in housing is and has been a failure almost everywhere it’s used. If the communities have issues keeping first responders, the community, through its government representatives should pay them more so they can afford to live close enough to support the community.
    Let the housing market do what it does without artificial government meddling…… build housing that the market demands, and that means all of us including first responders,

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