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Mel Jones

Associate Director, Virginia Center for Housing Research
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1345 Perry Street
430F1 Bishop-Favrao Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061

Role and Background

Mel Jones serves as the Associate Director for Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech. She joined Virginia Tech in 2012.

Mel’s research focuses on housing economics and planning. In her current research, she is exploring regional housing markets, rural housing affordability, and locally coordinated housing programs that promote regional housing plans. Mel aims to impact local housing policy and programs to increase availability and affordability across Virginia.

Previously, Mel served as Program Coordinator for the Café^2 program at Community Housing Partners.


Mel holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Virignia Tech and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She is certified as Housing Development Finance Professional.