On Thursday January 8, 2015, the Arlington County Human Rights Commission invited members of the Arlington community to participate in a public forum on affordable and fair housing. Like our sister jurisdictions in the DC metropolitan area, affordable and fair housing is a challenge for Arlington County residents. According to the September 2014 Arlington County Affordable Housing Study while rents and home prices increased all across the region, they increased faster in Arlington. Between 2000 and 2013, the average home sale price in Arlington increased by 140.3 percent while the average rent increased by 90.9 percent. In addition, the 2010 Arlington Fair Housing Report cited the lack of affordable housing as a barrier to fair housing. The Arlington County Human Rights Commission is concerned about these issues because such barriers to fair and affordable housing can lead to instances of housing discrimination.