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2015 Meeting Dates of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:

  • June 26, 2015
    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Fairfax County Government Center,
    Conference Rooms
    4 & 5


  • Sept. 25, 2015
    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Fairfax County Government Center,
    Conference Rooms
    9 &10


  • December 18, 2015
    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Fairfax County Government Center,
    Conference Rooms
    4 & 5

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

 
 

Special Alert:

Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Cancelled for May 5, 2015.
The groundbreaking ceremony of Residences at the Government Center will be held in its place. See e-ffordable article “Site Work Begins at the Residences at the Government Center” for more information.


 
 

Site Work Begins for the Residences at the Government Center

Site work began in early April on The Residences at the Government Center, a 270-unit affordable rental apartment community on the grounds for Fairfax County Government Center. The complex will be situated on just over eight wooded acres facing Monument Drive, across from Fairfax Corner.  Clearing and grading of the land started around April 8 and should be complete in the beginning of June.

“The Residences at the Government Center will offer more affordable housing options for county employees, as well as others who live and work in Fairfax County,” notes Kurt Creager, director, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. “This is a great step forward for the county.”

The first units are scheduled to be available by October 2016, with the project complete that December. Designated as workforce housing, the rental units will be restricted to households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), and least 20 percent of the units will be held for households at or below 50 percent of the AMI. The area median income for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area is just over $100,000.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Residences at the Government Center will be held on May 5, 2015 at 1:30pm in the Fairfax County Government Center Forum.

For more information on The Residences at the Government Center, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/residences/residencesatgovcenter.htm.

 
 


Kate’s Place Wins NALHFA HOME Excellence Award

New Facility Gives Formerly Homeless Individuals a Place to Call Home

The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) has selected Kate’s Place as its HOME Excellence Award winner for 2015.  This award is given to a project that has utilized funding from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

Kate’s Place, located in Fairfax, is a new permanent supportive housing option on the campus of the county’s Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter. It serves Fairfax County families who have experienced chronic or frequent homelessness and are in need of supportive services. All families who live at Kate’s Place face multiple barriers to maintain stability, including disabilities that impede their household from earning a sufficient income.

Kate’s Place is an innovative model not only in its structural design, but how it supports families that have experienced long-term homelessness. Two separate three-unit buildings, comprised of six single family residential apartments, are designed to resemble family homes similar to those in its surrounding community.

Click here to read the full article.


 
 

Your Input is Needed: Participate in the 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment

The 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment will help identify human service needs and potential solutions in communities throughout Fairfax County. Your input is critical to help strengthen opportunities for individuals and families to be safe, healthy and realize their potential.

  • Fairfax County would like your thoughts on topics such as:
  • Availability of physical, dental and behavioral health services
  • Accessible and affordable housing opportunities
  • Resources to promote financial stability
  • Opportunities and resources for children and youth
  • Resources for older adults that promote positive living and independence
  • Opportunities for community engagement

There are a variety of tools available to gather feedback from individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Community engagement opportunities include an online survey, Meetings-on-the-Go (a tool that makes it easy for groups of all sizes and interests to discuss human services needs and share their perspectives) and several community meetings that will be scheduled.

You can participate and find up-to-date information on the 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment online at:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/healthhuman/needs-assessment

 
 


The CCFAC Wants To Hear from You!

The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) has released its draft priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2018. The CCFAC has added a new element to its priorities framework — specific human services focus areas - for the upcoming CCFP application (to be released in the fall of 201 5) and is encouraging comments from the community, particularly on the following questions:

  • What do you think about the addition of focus areas within the CCFP Priorities (Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Self-Sufficiency, and Long-Term Supportive Services)?
  • Are these the right focus areas for Fairfax County at this time?
  • How should Fairfax County encourage projects that address these focus areas?
  • Do you have other ideas for how Fairfax County can design its human services priorities for CCFP?

The CCFAC is comprised of representatives from Fairfax County Human Services Boards and Commissions and citizens representing specific community sectors. The group oversees all aspects of the policy, priorities and proposal evaluation criteria planning and development related to the competitive grant process for the Community Funding Pool; funding for human services offered through non-profit agencies. For more information on the CCFAC, please click here.

Click here to read the full article.


 
 

Board Approves Housing Authority Financing to Develop, Preserve Affordable Housing in Lorton and Falls Church

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved loans totaling up to $3,490,000 from the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to Cumberland Court Apartments, LLC for the renovation and development of a newly proposed Lindsay Hill Apartments in Lorton and New Wexford LLC for the acquisition, preservation, and rehabilitation of Wexford Manor Apartments in the Falls Church area.

Lindsay Hill Apartments will be located on the historic site of the District of Columbia Workhouse and Reformatory in the Laurel Hill community of Lorton and is expected to bring 55 units of affordable housing for seniors to Fairfax County.  The project is an adaptive re-use of five historic buildings at the site. Cumberland Court Apartments, LLC will complete an extensive interior and exterior renovation of the buildings;  planned improvements include Universal Design features, inclusion of six handicapped accessible units, two units to meet the needs of people with sensory disabilities, onsite property management, a community room and fitness center. The developer has received a reservation for nine percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits from Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). Up to $590,000 in financing will be provided to Cumberland Court Apartments, LLC in the form of a deferred loan from the FCRHA.  Cumberland Court Apartments, LLC is an affiliate of Community Housing Partners. Click here to read the full article.


 
 

New ULI Report Gives Recommendations for Effectively Using Public Land to Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington has released a new report on Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington, DC Region.  It was prepared for ULI Washington by the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference.  The report concludes that identification and use of public land can be a valuable way to reduce development costs, increase development opportunities for affordable housing, and meet the housing needs of lower-income residents, with less need for direct public subsidy. The report includes case studies in MD, VA and DC, and best practices from around the country. Click here to view the report.


 
 

HUD Study Finds Public Housing Authorities Underfunded when Administering Housing Choice Voucher Program
Analysis to inform Congress and HUD on new funding formula to keep pace with costs


Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across the country are significantly underfunded in managing the federal government’s largest low-income housing assistance program which serves 2.1 million households nationwide.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published on April 8 its Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study which concludes high-performing PHAs operating well-managed voucher programs are increasingly hard-pressed to meet the actual cost burden of this program.

Congress directed HUD to gather comprehensive and detailed data on the administrative costs associated with operating the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.  The purpose of the study is to better understand how much it costs for a PHA to administer a high-performing and efficient HCV program and to use the findings to propose a new funding methodology. “This study offers clear evidence on what local housing authorities already know to be true – that current funding limits on their administrative fees don’t come close to meeting the reasonable costs of operating a well-run voucher program,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.  “We’re asking Congress to consider the President’s 2016 Budget request which will go a long way toward filling this gap and, ultimately, will help more Americans reach their goals and achieve upward mobility.”

Click here to read the full article.



 
 




 
 

 

 


 
       

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