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December 21, 2006
FCRHA Agreement with United Bank Gives Authority More Flexibility for Affordable Housing Financing
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has entered into an agreement for a $7.5 million tax-exempt line of credit from United Bank to be used for permanent financing of FCRHA-owned rental units.  Typically, the FCRHA purchases units offered for sale by developers using interim financing. 
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December 21, 2006
FCRHA to Renovate Cedar Ridge Apartments
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has approved the issuance of $13.5 million in tax-exempt and taxable multifamily revenue bonds to refinance and rehabilitate the Cedar Ridge Apartments in the Hunter Mill District.  Cedar Ridge is a 198-unit property that was purchased by the FCRHA in 1995. 
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December 21, 2006
Happy Holidays
The Department of Housing and Community Development would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! See you again after the New Year!
December 8, 2006
Fairfax County Issues Request for Proposal for Workforce Housing Development on the Government Center Campus
The first affordable workforce housing development on county-owned land is moving to becoming a reality. Fairfax County has formally issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to enter into a Public-Private Partnership for the development of “The Residences at the Government Center.”
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December 8, 2006
FCRHA Adopts FY 2008 Strategic Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in High-Priority Strategic Areas
At its meeting on December 7, 2006, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its Fiscal Year 2008 Strategic Action Plan, covering July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008, pending final action by the Board of Supervisors on the County budget plan in April 2007.
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December 8, 2006
Fairfax County and AHC, Inc. Preserve Sunset Park Apartments
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) have approved a loan up to $5,000,000 from The Penny for Affordable Housing Fund from FY 2007 for acquisition, rehabilitation and preservation of Sunset Park Apartments by AHC, Inc.
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Kerrie Wilson
December 8, 2006
Kerrie Wilson, Executive Director of Reston Interfaith, Receives Distinguished Award
Kerrie Wilson, Executive Director of Reston Interfaith, has been awarded the Meyer Foundation’s 2006 Exponent Award. The award recognizes strong and effective nonprofit leaders with a track record of accomplishment who have the potential for future growth and development. The award honors up to five leaders each year, and the organizations of award recipients receive a two-year grant of $100,000 to use for leadership development. A community leader, Kerrie has been an integral part of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and to the county’s mission to address the lack of affordable housing within its community.
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November 22 , 2006
FCRHA to Break Ground for Construction at Glenwood Mews
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will soon begin construction on 17 affordable townhouse units at Glenwood Mews (Lee District) by the end of 2006.  The project is located at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Old Telegraph Road and will include 15 townhouses that will provide affordable living to nurses and healthcare providers in training with Inova Health System through a partnership with the FCRHA as part of the county’s Magnet Housing program. 
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Mondloch House
November 22, 2006
Clark Construction Group Selects Mondloch Family Shelter for its 100 Good Deeds for 100 Years Program

Clark Construction Group has selected the Mondloch Family Shelter (Lee District) as a beneficiary of its 100 Good Deeds for 100 Years program.  The program was established as a celebration of the company’s 100th birthday and as a means to help improve the lives of those in the community.
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November 22 , 2006
FCRHA to Consider Draft FY 2008 Strategic Action Plan at December Meeting
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in High-Priority Strategic Areas
At its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) plans to consider for adoption its Fiscal Year 2008 Strategic Action Plan, covering July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.  On June 24, 2004, the FCRHA adopted a five-year Strategic Plan for the period from July 1, 2005 through June, 30 2010. 
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November 9 , 2006
High-Rise Affordability Panel Presents Recommendations to Board of Supervisors
Density Bonuses, Changes to Commercial and Industrial Districts Recommended to Encourage Affordable/Workforce Housing in High-Density, High-Rise Developments
At its October 16, 2006 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee, chaired by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (Hunter Mill District), received the recommendations of the Board-appointed High-Rise Affordability Panel. 
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November 9 , 2006
Advisory Committee Presents Year-End Report to Board of Supervisors
Major Achievements Reported for First Year of “Penny for Affordable Housing Fund”; Future Considerations Cited
The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, appointed by the Board of Supervisors to provide guidance on the investment of the “Penny for Affordable Housing Fund,” presented its Fiscal Year 2006 report to the Board’s Housing Committee on Monday, Oct. 16.
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November 9 , 2006
FCRHA Approved Contract for Design and Construction of Group Homes for Teens
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has approved a contract with Cervantes and Associates for the design of one group home for teens and the renovation of a second.  The neighboring properties are located on West Ox Road, owned by the FCRHA and managed by the Community Services Board (CSB). 
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November 9 , 2006
FCRHA Awards Funding for Group Home Renovation and Refinance
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has awarded the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes $380,381 to renovate and refinance two group homes located in the Hunter Mill District.  This award is from a special allocation of funds made by the FCRHA to encourage affordable housing for those with disabilities.
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November 9 , 2006
Non-Profit Dialogue Event Focuses on Draft FCRHA/HCD FY 2008 Strategic Action Plan
Organizations and Advocates Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Work Plan
On Monday, Nov. 6, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists gathered to review and comment on the draft Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Strategic Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2008. 
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October 27, 2006
More Preservation Expected Soon!
On October 23, 2006, the Board of Supervisors approved the financing plan for the acquisition, rehabilitation and preservation of 50 units at Hollybrooke III Condominiums by a limited partnership formed by AHC, Inc.
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October 27, 2006
Point-in-time Homeless Survey Available to the Public
The Fairfax County Point-in-time Homeless Survey is available to the public on the Fairfax County website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/2006_survey.pdf.
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FCRHA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
October 13, 2006
FCRHA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
More than 200 guests joined the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority on Tuesday, October 10th for a 40th anniversary dinner celebration at the Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks.  The evening’s festivities included the presentation of special awards to a distinguished group of individuals and organizations for their support of affordable housing in the county.  A complete list of the honorees appears below.
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October 13, 2006
One Million Dollars in CHDO Funds Available
Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2006

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of funds under the federal HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program for Fairfax County community housing development organizations (CHDOs). Approximately $1 million is being made available under this year’s Request for Proposals.
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FCRHA 40th Anniversary
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October 4 , 2006
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority will host a dinner to celebrate its forty years of service to Fairfax County. A distinguished group of individuals and organizations will be honored for their support of affordable housing in the county (list below). The dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 with the registration and reception at 6 p.m. Dinner Seating is at 6:30 p.m.
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Herndon Senior Center
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October 4 , 2006
Herndon Senior Center Earns Prestigious Design Award
The Herndon Senior Center, developed in partnership with the Town of Herndon by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority as part of the Herndon Harbor House Senior complex, was awarded a 2006 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award by the Board of Supervisors at its September 25, 2006 meeting.
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October 4, 2006
Affordable Housing for Moderate Income Families: GMU Study Examines the Challenge in Fairfax County
On September 22, 2006, George Mason University Professor John McClain made a presentation to the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee on a recently concluded study by GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis, which looked at the current definition of “moderate income” used to determine eligibility for a variety of housing programs and services in the County. The study was commissioned by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.
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Elaine McConnell, Springfield District Supervisor

Special Edition
September 18, 2006
Highlighting the Important New FCRHA Partnership with Fairfax County Schools and Government

A serious problem exists in Fairfax County where the high cost of housing has prevented school teachers, county employees, including public safety workers and other critical professions, from living in the county where they work. In an attempt to address this challenge, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) entered into partnerships with some key county employers to provide affordable rental housing under the new Magnet Housing Program.
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September 15, 2006
Board Considers Lifting Freeze on Property Tax Exemption
On September 11, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved holding a public hearing to hear community response to potentially reinstating the tax exemption for properties owned by non-profit organization for charitable purposes. While the County is considering putting the mechanism in place to allow exemptions, financial considerations will drive whether or not the existing moratorium is actually lifted.
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September 15, 2006
County Partners with Schools for Housing for Teachers
As part of the County’s workforce and Magnet Housing programs, the County and the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) celebrated their partnership and the purchase of 13 Magnet Housing units. The units are located at Legato Corner, a new 242-unit condominium development located close to the Government Center in Fairfax.
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September 15, 2006
FCRHA 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 10th
On the evening of October 10th, the FCRHA will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The FCRHA invites its longtime supporters and partners to the event. The anniversary dinner will be held at the Marriott at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, VA.
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September 1, 2006
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Issues Permanent Financing for Two Projects in the County
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has issued $8,065,000 in permanent financing in the form of tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance the cost of construction for Southgate Neighborhood Community Center in the Hunter Mill District and Braddock Glen Adult Day Health Care Center in the Braddock District.  The bonds were issued by the FCRHA and the County will pay the debt service on the bonds and also all operating and maintenance costs of the two facilities. 
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September 1, 2006
FCRHA Closes on First HELP Loan
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development launched the Homebuyer Equity Loan Program (HELP) in June 2006. HELP was implemented to assist low-income homebuyers to purchase market-rate single family housing in Fairfax County. Under HELP, income-eligible applicants can receive the greater of six percent of a unit’s sales price or up to $10,000 in HUD American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) funds for downpayment and closing cost assistance. Eligible applicants can also receive up to $70,000 in HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds in the form of a second mortgage to finance the gap between their first trust and the sales price.
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September 1, 2006
An invitation from Wesley Housing Development Corporation:
Please join Wesley Housing Development Corporation for the
Grand Opening Celebration of Coppermine Place I & II in Herndon, VA.

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September 1, 2006
Upcoming Events
News Conference at Legato Corner Condominiums
Wednesday, September 6 at 4 p.m.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Springfield District Supervisor Elaine McConnell, in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Fairfax County Public Schools will host a news conference to announce the acquisition of 13 new apartments at Legato Corner Condominiums for the Magnet Housing Program.  Refreshments and a tour of the units will be provided after the news conference.
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Summer Break for e-ffordable.org
The staff at HCD hopes everyone has had a wonderful summer.  The e-ffordable.org newsletter will return to its regular publication schedule on Friday, Sept. 1 with updates on the Affordable Housing Preservation Intiative and other housing related news.
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August 4 , 2006
Save the Date!  FCRHA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) celebrates their 40th Anniversary this year.  In commemoration of this event, the FCRHA will host an anniversary dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks Mall.  Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at approximately 7 p.m.  Information, ticket sales and other event details will be available soon.
August 4 , 2006
FCRHA Adopts Revised Moderate Income Definition Policy
Selected Rental Programs and Properties May Serve Up to 100 Percent of Area Median Income
At its meeting on July 27, 2006, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted an updated definition of moderate income.  Under state law, housing authorities are to serve persons with low and moderate income for residential properties they own and operate. 
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August 4 , 2006
Plans for New Construction Move Forward At Birmingham Green; Groundbreaking Scheduled
Birmingham Green
Fairfax County has approved the use of $1,250,000 in HOME funds for the construction of a new assisted living facility on the site of Birmingham Green, a multi-jurisdiction senior care facility located in Manassas, Virginia.
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August 4 , 2006
VHDA INCREASES FAIRFAX COUNTY SPARC Funds by $3 MILLION
Due to the widely successful use of the Sponsoring Partnership And Revitalizing Communities (SPARC) program, which provides first trust loan funds to purchase a home in Fairfax County, the Virginia Housing and Development Authority has allocated an additional $3 million to Fairfax County in Round Five SPARC funds.
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August 4 , 2006
FCRHA CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR RE-ELECTED
At its annual meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) unanimously re-elected Conrad E. Egan and Ronald F. Christian as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the FCRHA. Mr. Egan, who represents the Providence District, is President and CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C. Mr. Christian, who represents the Braddock District on the FCRHA, is Director of the Lutheran Housing Services, Northern Virginia. This will be the sixth term for both.
August 4 , 2006
Unsolicited Accolades from FCRHA At-Large Commissioner Charlen Kyle
I can’t believe my great good fortune, to land in a place like this when I had to leave my family owned home, largely because I couldn’t get around in it, or get in and out safely any more, and it was going to be sold anyway.
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July 21 , 2006
Panel of Experts Helping County Develop Affordable/Workforce Housing Policy
Board-appointed Group Focusing on High-Rise/High-density Developments
In October 2005, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed a panel of experts in high-rise development to work with County staff to develop a policy statement and guidelines for the inclusion of affordable/workforce housing in high-rise development, for Board consideration. 
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July 21 , 2006
Herndon Senior Center Receives Exceptional Design Award
The Herndon Senior Center has been awarded a Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award.  One of six sites in the county selected for this award, the Herndon Senior Center was developed by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and designed by architectural firm Cunningham | Quill.    While the Herndon Senior Center is a lively hub of activitiy for area seniors and the adjacent Herndon Harbor Housing senior apartments, the facility was carefully designed to be the centerpiece of the revitalization of Fortnightly Boulevard. 
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July 21 , 2006
Fairfax County Wins Award for Preservation Initiative
Fairfax County has been awarded the prestigious Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Award for the Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative.  The Initiative was selected for this award based on its innovation, model practices and collaboration. The VACo Achievement Awards recognize the best in county government programs.  The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members of the association. Out of 41 projects nominated this year, 15 received awards. The award-winning submissions will be displayed and representatives from each of the counties will receive a certificate at an official ceremony during VACo’s 2006 Annual Conference in November.
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July 7 , 2006
New Southgate Community Center Opens
Southgate

On Saturday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will host the grand opening of the new Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston.
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July 7 , 2006
HCD Assists Huntington Flood Victims
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is offering housing assistance and home repairs loans to the households who were recently impacted by the flooding in the Huntington area of Fairfax County.
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July 7 , 2006
FCRHA Receives “High Performer” Rating for Public Housing
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has recently received a “High Performer” rating from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s  Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) – receiving 97 out of a possible 100 points.
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June 23, 2006
FCRHA Approves Funds to Purchase Additional Handicap Accessible Units
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has authorized reallocation of funds from the HOME program for partial financing of the purchase of two affordable dwelling units at The Village at Lorton Valley in the Mount Vernon District. The two units will be handicap accessible and will be affordable to households at 30% of the Area Media income. The homes will be rented by qualified families through the Fairfax County Rental Program.
June 23, 2006
Good Shepherd Housing Acquires Two Units for Preservation
In June, Good Shepherd Housing acquired two units in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County to be preserved as affordable housing. Located on Audubon and Beekman Avenues, the units will be rented to low income households (60% or below of the Area Median Income) as part of Good Shepherd’s Apartments, Budgeting, Counseling (ABC) Rental Program.
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June 23 , 2006
FCRHA Authorizes Approval of Additional Funds for Construction of Birmingham Green
Birmingham Green
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has approved, subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors, the disbursement of funds up to $675,000 from the HOME program as partial financing toward the construction of a new adult assisted living facility at Birmingham Green in Prince William County.
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June 14, 2006
Fairfax County to Help Preserve Janna Lee Village

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) have approved a financing plan for the preservation of Janna Lee Village, a 319-unit affordable rental complex located in the Lee District in the Hybla Valley Area. A total of $19 million in One Penny for Affordable Housing Funds will be allocated over three fiscal years to the project for the purpose of acquiring, rehabilitating, revitalizing, and preserving Janna Lee Village. 
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June 14, 2006
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Purchase Units at Legato Corner

The Board of Supervisors has approved the purchase and financing of 13 Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) at Legato Corner Condominiums. Legato Corner is a 202-unit condominium complex located near the Government Center at Post Forest Drive and Legato Road.
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June 14 , 2006
Making Housing More Attainable for the Workforce-Important to Fairfax's Economy
By: Paul Tyahla, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
Fairfax County's premier issues forum brings together unprecedented alliance to address the growing crisis created by the lack of affordable housing for the county's public and private sector workforce
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Braddock Glen
May 26, 2006
Putting the Housing Trust Fund to Work
The Department of Housing and Community Development is pleased to report that approximately $18 million has been expended/obligated from the Housing Trust Fund in the current year. Another $5.5 million has been earmarked for projects. This leaves a balance in the Fund of $738,896 for new projects. An additional $1.85 million will become available in FY 2007.
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May 26, 2006
$310,000 Available for Affordable Housing Purchases
HCD Seeking Additional Proposals to Provide Affordable Housing for Persons with Disabilities
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development is actively seeking additional proposals from non-profits and others interested in purchasing and preserving affordable housing on the open market, with a special emphasis on rental units that are accessible or otherwise will serve individuals with a disability.
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Chesterbrook


May 26, 2006

Chesterbrook Offers New Housing Solution for Fairfax Seniors
After 5 years of extensive planning, builders broke ground on the construction of Chesterbrook Residences – Fairfax County ’s first mixed-income assisted living facility – in Falls Church on Thursday, May 11.
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May 26, 2006
Forum to be Held to Address Attainable Housing for Fairfax County’s Workforce
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its second annual Issues Fairfax Forum entitled “ Helping Fairfax County ’s Workforce Afford to Live in the Community They Serve.”
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Paula Sampson

May 26, 2006
DHCD Director Appointed to Affordable Housing Advisory Council
Paula Sampson, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, has been appointed to the Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council. This prestigious council, made up of highly respected individuals in the housing field, was organized by Freddie Mac to provide marketplace and industry feedback on affordable housing initiatives and policies.
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ParcReston
May 15, 2006
Fairfax County Boosts Number of Affordable, Accessible Housing Units with ParcReston Aquisition
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, in partnership with Athena Renaissance Reston, LLC and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, hosted a news conference to announce the acquisition and preservation of 10 units of affordable housing at ParcReston Condominiums on May 5, 2006.
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Braddock Glen
May 15, 2006
Fairfax County and Sunrise Assisted Living Open Braddock Glen Assisted Living Residences and Adult Day Health Care Center
On Saturday, May 13, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Sunrise Senior Living and the Fairfax County Health Department celebrated the grand opening of Braddock Glen, a new 60-unit affordable, assisted senior living community at Little River Glen.
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Island Walk
May 15, 2006
Community Celebrates Completion of Island Walk Renovation and Recognizes One of Its Own
Fairfax County Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, along with the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), and the Island Walk community celebrated the completion of the renovation of Island Walk Apartments in Reston.
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May 15, 2006
Taming Traffic Through Transit-Oriented Development and Creating More Affordable Housing Choices
By Cheryl Cort, Executive Director, Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities
With transit ridership booming and new transit service being considered throughout the region, experts are beginning to search for real evidence to show that transit and transit-oriented development is relieving traffic congestion and getting people where they need to go.
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April 28, 2006
Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth Hosts Land Use Seminar
Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth will host a Land Use Seminar entitled Affordable Housing Issues and Opportunities on Monday, May 8, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fairhill Elementary School in Fairfax. For more information on the seminar, please click here.

April 28, 2006
Board of Supervisors Continues Commitment to One Penny Fund
In their FY 2007 budget markup, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has continued their commitment to the One Penny for Housing fund which is dedicated to the preservation and production of affordable housing.
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April 28, 2006
Herndon Harbor House Brings Home the Gold
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Herndon Harbor House project, in connection with the Fortnightly Boulevard development, have been selected by HAND to receive the 2006 Housing Achievement Award for Community Life Program for Northern Virginia. The award will be presented at HAND’s annual meeting in early June.
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April 28, 2006

Island Walk Awarded Distinguished Project of the Year Award
Island Walk, a 102 unit property located in the Hunter Mill District and preserved by Fairfax County in partnership with the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), has been awarded the Project of the Year Award by HAND for 2006.
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April 28, 2006
Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Breaks Ground
On Sunday, April 23, Fairfax County broke ground for the construction of the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, Springfield District. The shelter will provide temporary assistance to families in need and serve as a key resource in the effort to end homelessness in Fairfax County in 10 years.
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April 28, 2006
Wesley Housing Receives Funding for Renovations of Springdale House
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has awarded $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to Wesley Housing Development Corporation (WHDC) for the renovation of Springdale House, a six unit shared housing complex for elderly and disabled adults.
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April 14, 2006
Chesterbrook Residences Closes on Funding for Assisted Living Property
On March 22, Chesterbrook Residences, Inc. (Dranesville District) closed on funding for its Chesterbrook property in the Dranesville District of Fairfax County. Chesterbrook is a 97-unit assisted living facility being developed by Chesterbrook Residences, Inc.
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April 14, 2006
Fairfax County and Freddie Mac Host Community Summit to End Homelessness
Fairfax County, with sponsorship from Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation, hosted The Community Summit to End Homelessness on Friday, April 7. Present at the event were members of the community, including government, business and nonprofit leaders, and experts from around the nation.
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April 14, 2006
Moving from Homelessness to Homeownership
As part of Fairfax County’s commitment to ending homelessness throughout the county within 10 years, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has been challenged to launch a new pilot program to move families from homelessness to homeownership.
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April 14, 2006
Fairfax County Observes National Community Development Week April 17th – 23rd
April 17 – April 23, 2006 has been designated “National Community Development Week” and will be observed by localities throughout the nation to reaffirm their commitment to addressing community service needs and to recognize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as a vital resource in meeting these needs.
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March 17 , 2006
AHC, Inc. Receives Tier One Funds for Preservation of 90 Units of Affordable Housing in Mason District
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has awarded $40,000 in Tier One Funds from the Affordable Housing Partnership Program to AHC, Inc. to conduct preliminary studies relating to the acquisition and rehabilitation of Sunset Park Apartments in the Mason District.
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March 17 , 2006
Funding for Housing for Persons with Disabilities
In response to a solicitation for proposals to purchase and provide affordable housing for persons with disabilities, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has approved the authorization of funds to two local non-profits.
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March 17 , 2006
Homestretch Awarded Funds for Transitional Housing
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority awarded $460,500 in Community Development Block Grant Funds to Homestretch, Inc. to acquire and preserve up to four units of affordable housing that will house families transitioning from homelessness.

March 17, 2006
Fairfax County Releases Landmark Demographic Study
Housing a Critical Element of New Document
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has released a landmark demographic study: “Anticipating the Future: A Discussion of Trends in Fairfax County”. The study looks at 11 critical trends in Fairfax County, including their current condition of each subject, projected trends, and an analysis of the implications of each trend.
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March 3 , 2006
Proposed HUD Budget Would Slash CDBG
Congress has received the fiscal 2007 U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) budget proposal from President Bush. The budget includes increases in funding for programs such as Housing Choice Voucher, HOME and homeless assistance programs, but includes dramatic decreases in funding to programs such as community development, public housing and housing for the elderly and disabled.
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March 3 , 2006
County Executive Presents FY 2007 Budget to the Board of Supervisors
Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has proposed a $3.2 billion budget for FY 2007, an increase of 2.74 percent over the current budget. The proposed budget includes an $85.88 million increase in the county’s operating transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools and includes the funding for the One Penny for Housing, but does not increase that allocation to the value of two pennies of the real estate tax as was recommended by the Affordable Housing Preservation Advisory Committee.
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March 3 , 2006
Board Amends the Zoning Ordinance to Extend ADU Price Controls
On February 27, 2006, the Board of Supervisors implemented one more of the recommendations made last year by the Affordable Housing Action Committee. The Board revised the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program provisions contained in the Zoning Ordinance. The most significant changes are related to the covenant, price and financing controls of both ADU rental and ownership housing.
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February 17, 2006
$1.175 Million Available for Affordable Housing Purchases
HCD Seeking Proposals to Provide Affordable Housing for Persons with Disabilities
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development is actively seeking proposals from non-profits and others interested in purchasing affordable housing on the open market, with a special emphasis on rental units that are accessible or otherwise will serve individuals with a disability.
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February 17, 2006
Fairfax County Awarded $10 Million in SPARC Funding
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been awarded $10 million from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) in Round 5 of the Sponsoring Partnerships and Revitalizing Communities (SPARC) loan program.
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February 17, 2006
2006 General Assembly: Mid-Term Report
House, Senate Consider a Variety of Affordable Housing Legislation
On February 14, the 2006 Virginia General Assembly reached “crossover day” – the day on which the House and Senate exchange and begin consideration of each other’s bills. The following are highlights of the actions by both houses on affordable housing, at the mid point of the session:
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Friday, February 17, 2006
Chairman's State of the County Speech Highlights Success with Affordable Housing Preservation
On Monday, Feb. 13, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman  Gerry Connolly presented his State of the County speech for 2006.  Among the many accomplishments the Chairman noted was the Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative.  A copy of the Chairman's speech and the Washington Post article which cites the county success with the Preservation Intiative are linked below

Fairfax County Preserves Affordable Housing in Reston
WINKLER PROPERTY TO BE PURCHASED BY THE COUNTY
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced a major milestone in its goal to preserve affordable housing by stepping in and purchasing Crescent Apartments in Reston. The purchase, approved by the Board at its February 6, 2006 meeting furthers the county’s mission to preserve at least 1,000 units of affordable housing before the end of 2007, bringing the total number of units preserved to date to 846.
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January 20, 2006
Major Reduction in CDBG and HOME Program Funding
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced reductions in the grant amounts to Fairfax County for HOME and CDBG. Fairfax County has received the following allocations (definitions of programs follow at bottom of article):
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January 20, 2006
Proposed ADU Ordinance Amendments
A number of significant changes to the Affordable Dwelling Unit Ordinance have been approved for public hearing by the Board of Supervisors. The first hearing is before the Planning Commission at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 and the final and decisive hearing is before the Board of Supervisors on February 27, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.
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January 20, 2006
Braddock Glen Construction Nears Completion
The construction at Braddock Glen, a project under development by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority on its Little River Glen campus in the Braddock District is fifty percent completed.
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January 20, 2006
Fairfax
County Seeks New Tools to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing
General Assembly Considering New Legislation
The Virginia General Assembly is now considering legislation developed by Fairfax County to address the loss of affordable rental housing to condominium conversions.
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition has posted its Out of Reach 2005 survey results.
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Progress Report
With two years left in his term as Fairfax County Chairman, Gerry Connolly (D) says much remains to be achieved. (Article from The Connection Newspaper)
A typical week of work for Gerry Connolly, 55, starts early Sunday morning at his home in the Mantua neighborhood of Fairfax. It stretches over the next seven days, for as many as 14 hours per day and as many as 80 hours total.
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January 6, 2006
Toolkit for Affordable Housing Development

The Washington Area Housing Partnership has developed a Toolkit for Affordable Housing Development that compiles various policies and planning tools that can be used by local governments to preserve affordable housing and promote its development.
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January 6, 2006
County Funds Play Key Role in Planned Habitat Project
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (HFHNV) will construct and sell a minimum eight of condominiums that will provide homes affordable to very low income families in Fairfax County (25% - 50% of the area median income) at its Stevenson Street site in the Springfield District of Fairfax County.
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January 6, 2006
Rehabilitation at Island Walk Complete
The rehabilitation of the 102-unit Island Walk apartment complex in the Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County has completed with the exception of minor landscaping and repairs. All households have moved back into their newly renovated units.
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December 16, 2005
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Explores Acquisition in the Providence District
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is working with the residents of a 237-unit property in the Providence District of Fairfax County to explore the possibility of transferring the property ownership to the FCRHA.
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December 16, 2005
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Explores Studio SRO at Audubon

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is in the initial stages of exploring changes to the Audubon property located in the Lee District of Fairfax County.
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December 16, 2005
Happy Holidays
The Department of Housing and Community Development would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! Due to the holiday schedule, the next issue of e-ffordable.org will be published on Friday, Jan. 6. See you again after the New Year!

December 2, 2005
Update Announcement: Fairfax County Aggressively Continues Efforts to Preserve Affordable Units in Winkler Portfolio
Fairfax County remains in the running in the highly competitive bidding for properties in the Winkler portfolio.
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December 2, 2005
Madison Ridge Units Go on The Market
One hundred and eight affordable condominiums at Madison Ridge went on the market on November 12, 2005. The remaining 108 units will remain as affordable rental units.
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December 2, 2005
AHC, Inc. Preserves Affordable Housing at Hollybrooke Condominium Complex
AHC, Inc., a community-based non-profit, has contracted to purchase 98 units in the 249-unit Hollybrooke II Condominium Complex located in the Seven Corners Falls Church area of Fairfax County, Virginia.
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December 2, 2005
Fairfax County Awards Additional Fund for the Construction of Chesterbrook Residences
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors continued their support to the Chesterbrook Assisted Living Project and have approved an increase of the loan to the non-profit developer from $600,000 to $1,229,000.
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December 2, 2005
County Solicits Affordable Housing Assessment Information
Apartment Complex Owners May Realize Tax Savings
The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) is seeking information from apartment complex owners to ensure they are being assessed at fair rates.
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November 10, 2005
Fairfax County Steps Up to Try To Save Properties
In a bold demonstration of the county’s commitment to the preservation of affordable housing, Fairfax County submitted a bid to purchase one of the apartment complexes offered for sale as part of the disposition of the Mark Winkler portfolio. The action is part of the larger Fairfax County vision to preserve existing affordable housing by virtue of the "One Penny for Housing" Fund.
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November 10, 2005
Non-profits Acquire Affordable Housing Units Using HOME Funds
Using federal HOME funds awarded by Fairfax County government, three local non-profits, including Wesley Housing Development Corporation, Homestretch, Inc., and Reston Interfaith have purchased 11 affordable units and will maintain them as affordable rental housing in the county. A fourth non-profit, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc., will purchase two additional units in 2007 using HOME funds.
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November 10, 2005
FCRHA Amends FY 2006 Strategic Plan; Adopts FY 2007 Plan
On October 27, 2005, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) amended the FY 2006 Strategic Plan Action Plan to incorporate the “One Penny for Housing” Fund, and adopted its Fiscal Year 2007 Plan.
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November 10, 2005
Third Annual Thomas P. Leckey Housing Forum Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3
The Alliance for Housing Solutions is presenting the third annual Thomas P. Leckey Housing Forum on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the George Mason University Arlington Campus.
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October 28, 2005
Fairfax County Seeks Demonstration Projects for Affordable Housing Units
The Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning and the Department of Housing and Community Development are seeking proposals from landowners and for-profit and nonprofit developers for demonstration projects to preserve and create affordable housing. The deadline to submit proposals is Dec. 16, 2005.
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October 28, 2005
Housing Committee Receives Advisory Committee Recommendations
The Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors held their meeting on Friday, Oct. 14. Leading the agenda were the three recommendations of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the Housing Committee’s consideration and discussion.
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October 28, 2005
Donations of Housing for Katrina Evacuees
After hearing about families coming to Fairfax County from Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, many apartment owners, churches and individuals responded by offering to provide emergency housing to evacuees. Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, located in the Braddock District of Fairfax County, decided they wanted to help.
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October 28, 2005
Bond Financing Seminar a Success
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, in partnership with ReedSmith, M.R. Beal & Company, SunTrust, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, and The Bank of New York, sponsored a Bond Financing Seminar on Monday, Oct. 17 at the Marriott Fairview Park. More than 80 people attended the seminar that focused on tax-exempt bond financing and provided valuable information presented by experts in the field.
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October 28, 2005
National Inclusionary Zoning Conference Held in Washington, D.C.
The National Inclusionary Zoning conference was held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 5-7. Presented by Business and Professional People for Public Interest, the Innovative Housing Institute, the National Housing Conference and Policylink, the focus of the conference was “Building Strong Mixed-Income Communities.”
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October 28, 2005
How would TV's Cleavers do in Fairfax County?
Article reprinted with permission from Times Community Papers

By Jerry Schanke, Times Community Papers
If TV's classic, “Leave it to Beaver” 1950s-era home represents the ideal affordable, single-family detached home (SFD) with three to four bedrooms, a back yard and an attached garage, that home is increasingly difficult to find in Fairfax County. The emphasis is on “affordable.”

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October 14, 2005
Leaders from Northern Virginia Address the Winkler Company on the Potential Loss of Affordable Housing
On October 3, the top elected officials from Fairfax County, Alexandria and Arlington County met with key officials of the Winkler Company to address the company’s planned disposition of its residential portfolio in Northern Virginia.
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October 14, 2005
AHC To Preserve Condominium Units
With the help of Fairfax County, AHC, a large regional non-profit developer, will soon acquire 98 condominium units in the Hollybrooke Apartment development located in the Mason District. Eighty-nine of the units will be preserved as affordable workforce housing with rents affordable to households earning 60% of the area median income.
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October 14, 2005
FCRHA to Sponsor Bond Financing Seminar
A bond financing seminar will be held on Monday, October 17, 2005 at the Marriott Fairview Park Hotel, 3111 Fairview Park Drive in Falls Church, Virginia, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The seminar is sponsored by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, ReedSmith, M.R. Beal & Company, SunTrust, the Bank of New York and Ballard Sparh Andrews & Ingersoll.
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September 30, 2005
FCRHA Closes on Deal to Extend Affordability of Hunting Creek Townhomes
On Monday, Sept. 26 the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority closed on a purchase agreement with AHP Virginia, LLC, a local for-profit affordable housing developer, that conveys ownership of the Hunting Creek property to AHP Virginia and extends the term of affordability on the property’s 35 two-to four-bedroom townhouse units until 2038.
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September 30, 2005
Update Announcement: Major Housing Projects Go On The Market
The counties impacted by the placement of the Mark Winkler Management Company portfolio on the market are exploring options together to lessen the loss of affordable units in their localities.
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September 30, 2005
Update: Requests for Information to be Issued for Demonstration Projects
The Requests for Information (RFI) from landowners and developers to undertake a demonstration project to identify potential Comprehensive Plan changes and incentives for projects that will preserve affordable housing will be issued in early October.
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September 30, 2005
Affordable Housing in Fairfax County
In Fairfax County, the need for affordable housing continues to grow and intensify. The county currently estimates that the affordable housing gap now stands at 30,000 units. 
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September 30, 2005
VHDA New
Northern Virginia Advisory Board Meets in Fairfax
The New Northern Virginia Advisory Board for VHDA met in Fairfax in August to discuss affordable housing issues.
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September 30, 2005
Affordable Housing Preservation Advisory Committee Summary
On Friday, Sept. 23, the Affordable Housing Preservation Advisory Committee met for the second time at the Fairfax County Government Center.
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September 16, 2005
URGENT Announcement: Major Housing Projects Go On The Market
On Monday, Sept. 12, the Mark Winkler Management Company, a large provider of affordable garden style apartments, put its residential portfolio in Northern Virginia on the market. Three properties in Fairfax County are at risk— Fairmont Gardens in Annandale; Cresent Apartments and Fairway Apartments in Reston.
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September 16, 2005
Fairfax County Department of Housing Providing Permanent Housing to Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is working to provide semi- to permanent housing opportunities to evacuees from the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
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September 16, 2005
Requests for Information to be Issued for Demonstration Projects
The Department of Planning and Zoning in cooperation with the Department of Housing and Community Development will be soliciting Requests for Information (RFI) from landowners and developers to undertake a demonstration project to identify potential Comprehensive Plan changes and incentives for projects that will preserve affordable housing. 
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September 16, 2005
The Renovation of Island Walk
Island Walk was built in the early seventies as a cooperative and has served as home for 102 families for the past 30 years. The development consists of 2 and 4-bedroom townhomes that are located near the vibrant and thriving Reston Town Center.
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September 16, 2005
New Staff Members Leading Preservation Efforts
In direct response to recommendations from the Affordable Housing Preservation Action Committee, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has created two new positions in the Design, Development and Construction division to keep watch on the fast-paced housing market and respond quickly to affordable housing preservation and production issues as they arise.
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August 30, 2005
One Penny Expends 14% in First 60 Days!
The Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative wasted no time in seizing the mission of preservation. The One Penny for Housing Fund funded its first project by providing nearly $2.5 million for the preservation of 216 units at Madison Ridge in the Sully District.
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August 30, 2005
Fairfax
County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Purchases Five Townhouse Units at Willow Oaks
In July 2005 the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority purchased five townhouse units at Willow Oaks to expand its Magnet Housing Pilot Program with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Police Departments.
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August 30, 2005
Construction of Braddock Glen Underway
In an effort to meet the critical need for more affordable housing for seniors in Fairfax County , the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is moving forward with its plans to develop an additional 60 assisted living units for seniors on its Little River Glen campus.
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August 30, 2005
FCRHA Approves $600,000 for Transitional Housing
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority awarded, subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors, $600,000 in funding to Homestretch, Inc. to provide transitional housing to victims of domestic violence.
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August 30, 2005
Preservation Initiative Named Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort
Fairfax County’s Preservation Initiative was recently selected as a winner of the 2005 Virginia Housing Awards for Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort.
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August 30, 2005
New Chesterbrook Project to Provide 97 Assisted-Living Units for Seniors
Development of an affordable housing project by Chesterbrook Residences, Inc. (CRI) is expected to begin in Fall 2005.
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August 30, 2005
First-Time Homebuyers Program Partners with Northern Virginia Urban League
The Fairfax County First-Time Homebuyers Program (FTHB) has partnered with the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) in an effort to increase awareness and participation in the county’s homeownership programs.
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