Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Happy Holidays! Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
HCD will be closed November 26 and 27 in Observance of Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
Special Alert: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is December 18
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 4 and 5.
AHAC’s 2016 meeting schedule can be viewed on e-ffordable.org.
Fairfax County FCRHA Win Best “In My Backyard (IMBY)” Award at the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Conference
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On November 19, 2015, Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) were among five winners of the 2015 Virginia Housing Awards, which were announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe and awarded at the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference.
The In My Backyard (IMBY) Award was presented to the County because of the exemplary work put forth in creating affordable housing opportunities through an innovative inclusionary zoning program called the Fairfax County Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program. Since the program adoption by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in December 1989, with an effective date of July 31, 1990, over 2,500 ADU units have been produced, greatly helping Fairfax County avoid the concentration of poverty and giving low and moderate-income people a chance to live near job centers and public transportation countywide. The success of the ADU program has resulted in the expansion of income integration in neighborhoods and communities across Fairfax County; countering the negative effects of the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitude. Click here to read the full article.
HUD Announces New Rule Making Public Housing Smoke-Free
Proposed Rule Open for Public Comment for 60 Days
On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed rule to make the nation’s public housing properties entirely smoke-free. HUD’s proposed rule would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments within 18 months of the final rule. Read HUD’s proposed rule.
Under HUD’s proposed rule, PHAs must implement a policy prohibiting lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. HUD is seeking public comment on this proposed rule for the next 60 days. Click here to read the full article.
HUD Reports Homelessness Continues to Decline Nationally
Progress uneven as some communities combat a housing affordability crisis
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s ‘point-in-time’ estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year.
HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that there has been an overall 11 percent decrease and 26 percent drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Between 2010 and January 2015, veteran homelessness declined 36 percent, family homelessness declined 19 percent, and chronic homelessness declined 22 percent. The report shows that certain communities are making significant positive progress, while others are struggling in light of the widespread housing affordability crisis, budget shortages, or slow adoption of best practices. Click here to read the full article.
Providing Shelter from the Cold and Saving Lives
As we move into December, colder weather will become more of the norm here in Fairfax County. So for those without a home, who are forced to spend the night sleeping outside, it could be a frightening and potentially life-threatening reality.
To help vulnerable neighbors survive the winter, Fairfax County provides overnight shelter with a “no turn-away” policy at all emergency homeless shelters during freezing weather. From late November through March, the County also provides the Hypothermia Prevention Program, a countywide community network of overnight shelters. Through this program last winter, nonprofits and faith-based community partners provided 1,061 men and women with a safe, warm place to sleep. Click here to read the full article.