Ending Nova's housing shortage 

We love living in Northern Virginia and are passionate about making it better for everyone

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Our Mission

YIMBYs (yes in my back yard) of Northern Virginia will make housing affordable to all by enabling the development of more and denser housing. Attainable homes close to jobs, opportunity, and amenities of daily life enable communities to be more socially connected, economically productive, and sustainable, environmentally and otherwise.

An acute housing shortage is causing the affordability crisis. Zoning, inefficient permitting, and other restrictions have made housing a financial hardship for most people. Moreover, zoning was created to exclude non-white and poor residents. We welcome new neighbors. Learn about our objectives and values.

We say, “Yes in my back yard!”

This 2018 map shows roughly where the Capital region was zoned exclusively for detached single-family homes. Neighborhoods such as Del Ray, Fairlington, and Ballston show denser housing takes many forms suited to different needs. The housing affordability crisis threatens Northern Virginia's extraordinary diversity⁠ its most unique attribute and greatest strength. YIMBYs want NoVA to be a great place for anyone to build a life. 

Joining YIMBYs of Northern Virginia helps our grassroots organization punch above its weight. We need your help to build an organization with the capacity to defeat powerful entrenched interests and make housing abundant.