Karen Cleveland, Virginia Patton and Walt Okon

Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.

Despite the current housing slump, the cost of housing in many parts of the country is beyond the reach of some people.  But, when the will to join the ranks of homeownership is strong, there are ways to overcome the obstacles.  One of the organizations that is well known for getting people into their own homes is Habitat for Humanity.  While we have seen and read stories about the incredible work they do, just how do they overcome the high cost of land?  And what happens when rezoning a lot threatens the peace and harmony for the exiting neighborhood? 
On The Commons with Shu this week are   Karen Cleveland and Virginia Patton.  Karen is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Habitat for Humanity and Virginia is Marketing Director.  also joining us during the second half of the show is Walt Okon.  Walt and his family are long time owners of a non HOA single family home in Fairfax County.  Walt was instrumental in bringing together about 8 neighboring subdivisions who would be affected by any changes to the current zoning in their area.  Please join us On The Commons.  We’ll talk about Habitat for Humanity, what they do.  We’ll also confirm something we already know which is it is the individual who makes a difference and just how strong the sense of preserving one’s home really is.  You’ll want to listen to this one. 

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