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Conrad Egan December 21, 2007
FCRHA Chairman Nominated for Lawrence V. Fowler Award
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority chairman Conrad Egan was nominated by Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth for the prestigious Lawrence V. Fowler award in Fairfax County.  The award recognizes the achievements of those longstanding members of county boards, authorities, commissions or committees.  Mr. Egan is a longstanding advocate for affordable housing in Fairfax County and a national expert on issues associated with affordable housing.  He has served on the FCRHA since 2000 and as chairman since 2001.

December 21, 2007
Applications for Project-Based Vouchers Available
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2008

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 74 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) for existing housing and the acceptance of proposals from organizations that provide housing and services to qualified households, with a preference to organizations that provide housing to seniors, persons 62 years of age or older.
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December 21, 2007
FCRHA Authorizes Purchase of Seven New Affordable Dwelling Units
The FCRHA has approved the purchase of up to four Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) at the Northampton Development in the Lee District and up to three ADUs at Stockwell Manor Development in the Dranesville District.  The units at both properties will have income limits set at 70% of the Area Median Income, but rents will be affordable to households making 50% of the AMI.  All units will be three-bedroom and will be added to the stock of units in the FCRHA’s Fairfax County Rental Program.
Wedgewood Apartments December 7, 2007
New Acquisition Largest Ever by FCRHA
Fairfax County closed on their acquisition of Wedgewood Apartments (Braddock District) on Thursday, Nov. 28. The 672 unit property was built in phases between 1963 and 1967, and is located on 34.8 acres off of Heritage Drive in Annandale. Currently, rents are affordable to households with incomes at an average of approximately 65 percent of the Washington Metropolitan Area Median Income.
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December 7, 2007
Board of Supervisors Revises the Affordable Housing Partnership Program Guidelines to Support Universal Design
On December 3, 2007, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a revision to the Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) guidelines incorporating a policy supporting universal and accessible design and construction of affordable housing for persons with disabilities. 
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November 21, 2007
Board of Supervisors Housing, Human Services Committees to Focus on Draft Homelessness Plan

Beeman Commission Interim Report Also on Agenda
The Board of Supervisors will receive a draft Implementation Plan for consideration and discussion at a joint meeting of its Housing and Human Services Committees on Monday, November 26.  The proposed implementation plan is based on a Board-endorsed blueprint to achieve the goal of ending homelessness in ten years, using the “Housing First” approach.  The purpose of the meeting is to advance the dialogue on homelessness to discussion of key elements and changes needed for the current system to shift from “managing homelessness” to a system of “ending homelessness.”  It is anticipated that the final Implementation Plan will be presented for consideration and adoption to the Board in March 2008. 
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November 21, 2007
Non-Profit Dialogue Event Focuses on Draft FCRHA/HCD FY 2009 Strategic Action Plan
Variety of Groups Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Work Plan
On October 29, 2007, representatives of 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 2009.  This “Non-profit Dialogue” was part of a continuing series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, initiated by HCD Director Paula C. Sampson.
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Glenwood Mews
Glenwood Mews
November 2, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Host Open House at Glenwood Mews
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) in partnership with Inova Health System will host an open house at Glenwood Mews in the Lee District on Saturday, Nov., 10; 10—2 p.m.  Glenwood Mews is located at 7316 Glenwood Mews Court at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Old Telegraph Road. 
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November 2, 2007
Fairfax County Housing Choice Voucher Program Earns Perfect Score—Plus!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has been awarded a better than perfect score in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP).  HCD scored 150 points out of a possible 145 points—gaining bonus points for the agency’s performance.  This 103% rating designates HCD as a high performer under the SEMAP system. 
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Wedgewood Apartments
Wedgewood Apartments
November 2, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Approves Interim Financing for Wedgewood Apartments
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has authorized the issuance and competitive sale of Bond Anticipation Notes (BANS) in an amount not to exceed $106,100,000 to provide interim financing for the acquisition of Wedgewood Apartments (Braddock District). 
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November 2, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Awards CHDO Funds to RPJ Housing and Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has awarded a total of $368,608 in FY 2008 HOME Program Community Development Organization (CHDO) funds to RPJ Housing and Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation to acquire affordable housing for low income families in Fairfax County.  The award of $224,250 to RPJ Housing will be used to acquire one single family detached house to serve a large (5 or more person) household with very love income (below 30% of the Area Median Income).  The award of $144,358 to Reston Interfaith will be used to purchase one unit for a household is below 50% of the Area Median Income.  The affordability period of both units will be for at least a minimum period of 30 years.
November 2, 2007
Pathway Homes, Inc. To Receive Virginia Housing Award
Pathway Homes, Inc. has been awarded the Virginia Housing Award for the Best Housing Organization in Virginia, which will be presented at the annual Governor’s Housing Conference Nov. 14-16 in Roanoke. Pathway Homes, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing supportive services and non-time-limited affordable housing to adults with serious mental illnesses in Northern Virginia.
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November 2, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Calendar for 2008
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has approved its meeting schedule for calendar year 2008.  The calendar of committee and FCRHA meetings dates can be viewed by clicking here.
October 22, 2007
Fairfax County Look to Preserves 672 Units of Affordable Housing
Purchase of Annandale Property Will Increase Total Preserved to 2,200
On Monday, Oct. 15, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced that it has entered into a contract to make the largest acquisition to date in its mission to preserve affordable housing with the approval of the purchase of the Wedgewood Apartments, located in the Braddock District. A total of 672 units will be purchased by Fairfax County.
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October 22, 2007
Reminder: Fall 2007 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for October 29
Organizations and Advocates Requested to Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2009
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9/10
On Monday, Oct. 29, at 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather 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 2009.
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October 22, 2007
Advisory Committee Releases Year-End Report on Preservation Initiative
Major Achievements Reported for Second Year of “Penny for Affordable Housing Fund”; Future Considerations Cited
The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has released its FY 2007 report on the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund and the Board of Supervisors’ Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative. FY 2007 was the second year for the Penny Fund, an unprecedented dedication by the Board of one penny of the real estate tax rate – or about $21.9 million in FY 2007 – to preserve at-risk affordable housing in Fairfax County.
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October 22, 2007
Board Adopts Workforce Housing Zoning Ordinance Amendment and Related Policy
Action Provides Monitoring and Management Mechanism for Related Comprehensive Plan Amendment
On Monday, Oct. 15. 2007, the Board of Supervisors adopted an amendment to the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance, and an associated Board Policy, providing an administrative mechanism for the county’s new Workforce Housing Program. On Sept. 24, 2007, the Board adopted amendments to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan creating this innovative new program, which encourages the voluntary development of new housing affordable to a range of moderate-income workers in Fairfax County’s high-rise/high-density areas.
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October 5, 2007
Meeting Our Mission
In the Sunday, Sept. 30, edition of the Washington Post an article appeared which characterized Fairfax County public housing as serving “hundreds of families” with high incomes.  This article portrayed an inaccurate description of the county’s Public Housing program.   While the headline implied that Fairfax County serves the rich, the article clearly acknowledges that 99% of our Public Housing Program serves those with low and moderate incomes.  Fairfax County is meeting its mission-- the median income of those in Public Housing is $16,404. Please click here to view an informational sheet that addresses the Fairfax County Public Housing Program and provides accurate data on the Program. Inquiries on this matter or other affordable housing in Fairfax County may be directed to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Public Affairs Office at 703-246-5104 or via e-mail to rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.
October 5, 2007
Reminder:  Fall 2007 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for October 29
Organizations and Advocates Requested to Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2009

Location: Fairfax County Government Center, Conference rooms 9/10
On Monday, Oct. 29, at 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather 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 2009. This “Non-profit Dialogue” is part of a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, conducted by HCD.
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October 5, 2007
Community Action Advisory Board Issues “State of the Poor” Report
Document Highlights Challenges Facing Fairfax County’s Low-Income Population
The Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB) has published its new “State of the Poor” report for 2007.  Drawing from a variety of data sources, CAAB’s report looks at the county’s low-income population from a number of perspectives, including poverty, self-sufficiency, employment, health and housing, among others.  The report cites Census data stating that five percent of Fairfax County’s population – or about 51,544 people – were living in poverty in 2005.   The report defines poverty as a family of four earning less than $20,650 per year in 2007.

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October 5 , 2007
Board Adopts Workforce Housing Comprehensive Plan Amendment
New Policy Implements Major Recommendations of the High-Rise Affordability Panel
On Monday, September 24, 2007, the Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan, creating a new Workforce Housing Program.  These amendments effectively implement, as policy, the major recommendations of the Board-appointed High-rise Affordability Panel.  This groundbreaking action by the Board is expected to significantly increase the amount of housing produced that is affordable to a range of moderate-income workers in Fairfax County. 

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October 5 , 2007
Applications for Project-based Vouchers Available
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 111 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) for existing housing rented to qualified households.
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Ocotober 5 , 2007
Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool Application Process
On October 1, 2007, Fairfax County issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit applications for the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP), a County of Fairfax competitive contract award process for eligible programs and services offered by community-based organizations. Funding in the CCFP is available from a combination of local, state and federal sources:
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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 111 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) for existing housing rented to qualified households.
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September 7, 2007
HUD Approves FCRHA FY 2008 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher
Plan Update Includes New Public Housing Income Limit
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2008.
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September 7, 2007
VHDA Plans Could Severely Impact the Use of 40% Tax Credits
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) is planning to recommend to its Board in November that 4% low income housing tax credits not be awarded to projects that include permanent and construction tax-exempt bond financing where the construction bond financing is greater than the permanent bond financing. The tax credit program requires that, in order to be eligible for tax credits, the costs financed through tax-exempt bonds must be at least 50% of the total eligible basis and land costs.
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September 7, 2007
Fall 2007 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for October 29
Organizations and Advocates Requested to Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2009
On Monday, Oct. 29, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather 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 2009. This “Non-profit Dialogue” is part of a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, initiated by HCD Director Paula C. Sampson.
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September 7, 2007
FCRHA Considering an Allocation of Project-Based Housing Choice Vouchers
At its Sept. 20 meeting, the FCRHA will consider a proposal to convert up to 111 Section 8 rental subsidy vouchers to project-based. Under new federal regulations, interested developers must compete for an allocation of the vouchers. The project-based vouchers are especially useful to the owners/developers of affordable housing as the rental subsidy stays with the property.
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Coralain

August 3, 2007
Preservation Numbers Pass 1500!
On July 24, 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on an Affordable Housing Partnership Program loan (AHPP) from the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund ($5,300,000) to Coralain Apartments L.P. for the acquisition and rehabilitation of Coralain Garden Apartments in the Mason District. 
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August 3, 2007
Homestretch Preserves Units in Falls Church
In July 2007, Homestretch acquired two condominium units in the Falls Church area.  Homestretch is a nonprofit that has been providing transitional housing and supportive services to low-income homeless families throughout Fairfax County since 1990.  Homestretch acquired the two bedroom condominiums with the aid of $125,000 per unit in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The funds were awarded to Homestretch through the Consolidated Community Funding Pool, a two-year competitive funding cycle combining County general funds and CDBG.  Homestretch will use the units to house two homeless families.
Conrad Egan August 3, 2007
Re-Election of FCRHA Chairman and Vice-Chairman
At their annual meeting in July 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority re-elected Commissioner Conrad Egan, Providence District, and Commissioner Ronald Christian, Braddock District, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively.  This will be the sixth term for both the chairman and vice chairman.  Conrad Egan is the President and CEO of the National Housing Conference.  Ronald Christian is Director of Lutheran Housing Services.
Reston Glen
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July 6, 2007
40 Units at Reston Glen Preserved
At the end of June, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on a financing transaction ($35,000,000) and an Affordable Housing Partnership Program loan (AHPP) from The Penny for Affordable Housing Fund ($2,375,000) to Fairfield Laurel Glade LLC to refinance the acquisition and provide funding for rehabilitation of Reston Glen Apartments in the Hunter Mill District.
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July 6, 2007
Fairfax
County Releases Analysis of Affordable Housing Programs, Funding Sources
Report Details Incomes Served, Budgeted Funding for FY 2007
At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has developed a report on the county’s affordable housing programs and funding sources.  The report, “Analysis and Matrix of Fairfax County Affordable Housing Programs and Funding Sources”, includes an overview of the incomes served by Fiscal Year 2007 funds, and a matrix detailing all of the county’s major affordable housing programs, the incomes they serve, and the funding for each program in FY 2007. 
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July 6, 2007
Herndon Senior Center Wins Award of Merit
The Herndon Senior Center, developed and owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and located on the Herndon Harbor House campus, has been awarded an Award of Merit in Institutional Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. 
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June 22 , 2007
New e-ffordable.org Summer Schedule
For summer of 2007, the e-ffordable.org newsletter will go to a monthly publication schedule, published on the first Friday of each month. In the event that breaking news occurs, a special issue of the newsletter will be published. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Public Affairs Office at 703-246-5104.
June 22 , 2007
Reappointments to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Vice-Chairman Ron Christian, Braddock District, and Commissioner Marty Dunn, Dranesville District, have been reappointed to the FCRHA by their respective Board of Supervisors members. Commissioner Christian was originally appointed to the FCRHA in April 1999. Commissioner Dunn was appointed to the FCRHA in August 1997.
June 22 , 2007
FCRHA Approves Partial Funding for Olley Glen
At their meeting on June 21, the FCRHA authorized, subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors, the reallocation of funds up to $1,891,476 million for partial financing for the development of Olley Glen in the Braddock District. Olley Glen is the third phase of construction on the Little River Glen Campus, which already includes 120 units of independent senior living, a senior center, adult day health care and Braddock Glen Assisted Living facility.
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June 22 , 2007
Funds Approved for Two Local Non-Profits for Acquisition of Affordable Housing
Two local non-profits, Robert Pierre Johnson Housing Development Corporation and Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services were recently awarded CDBG funding for the acquisition of additional affordable housing units in the county. RPJ was awarded $450,000 in CDBG funds, which they will use to purchase a property to be used as a single-room occupancy group home for persons suffering from chronic mental illness and whose income is 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or below. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services was awarded $652,000 in CDBG funds and will use the funds to acquire five units for affordable housing in the Richmond Highway area. The units will be rented to households that are very-low and low to moderate income and are now either homeless or are on the verge of becoming homeless.
June 22 , 2007
Paula Sampson Appointed to the Steering Committee for the ULI Workforce Housing Terwilliger Center
In the largest individual contribution ever made to the Urban Land Institute, developer Ronald Terwillger of Trammell Crow Residential, has committed $5 million to create the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing. The center will identify innovative solutions to barriers to affordable workforce housing and address ways to promote its development. Plans call for the Center to create models of mixed income workforce housing design, development and financing that can be replicated nationwide. Initially, the Center will focus on three markets—Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and southeast Florida. Paula Sampson, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has been named to the Steering Committee for the Washington area along with private developers, experts in the real estate industry, homebuilders, regional non-profits and representatives from Montgomery County and the District. 
June 1 , 2007
FCRHA Preserves Four Units at Bryson of Woodland Park
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has authorized the purchase and preservation of four units at Bryson at Woodland Park (Hunter Mill District) by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).  $108,000 in One Penny funds will be used as a portion of the permanent financing for the units at Bryson.
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June 1 , 2007
FCRHA Preserves Three Units at Fair Oaks Landing
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the acquisition and preservation of three units at Fair Oaks Landing in the Springfield District.  $188,000 in One Penny funds will be used as part of the permanent financing for the units. 
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June 1 , 2007
Tax-Exempt Bonds Issued for Reston Glen
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) in the amount of $35,000,000 and an Affordable Housing Partnership Program loan (AHPP) from The Penny for Affordable Housing Fund in an amount not to exceed $2,375,000 to Fairfield Laurel Glade LLC to refinance the acquisition and provide funding for rehabilitation of Reston Glen Apartments (Hunter Mill District.)
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Glenwood Mews
June 1 , 2007
Construction on Glenwood Mews Nears Final—Volunteers to Finish Two Habitat Units Sought
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) began construction on 17 affordable townhouse units at Glenwood Mews (Lee District) at the end of 2006.
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May 18, 2007
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Time Extended
At the March 23, 2007 meeting, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee agreed to extend its meeting times to three hours. Starting with the June 22, 2007 meeting, all Advisory Committee meetings will be scheduled for 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  In addition, per the direction of the Advisory Committee, meeting agendas will include an estimated time for each topic, subject to the approval of the Committee’s co-chairmen. 
May 18, 2007
New Report Looks at Best Practices for Increasing the Availability of Affordable Housing

Homes for Working Families/Center for Housing Policy Study Takes National Look at Innovative Solutions; Fairfax County Cited as Example
At the April 23, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross asked for examples of what other communities across the country are doing to promote affordable housing. 
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May 18, 2007
Paula C. Sampson Reelected to Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies
Paula C. Sampson, Director, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has been reelected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA).  This is Ms. Sampson’s second term serving on NALHFA’s Board, and the term will run until Spring 2009.  In addition to her work with Fairfax County and NALHFA, Ms. Sampson also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Community Development Association (NCDA).
May 18, 2007
Message from the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations: Virginia Nonprofits:  Tell Us Your Priorities for Action!
The Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO) and the individuals who served as Virginia’s delegates at the Nonprofit Congress last fall invite your participation in a brief on-line survey to determine the most critical specific actions to undertake in the year ahead.
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May 4, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Preserves an Additional Eight  Units at ParcReston
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has acquired and preserved an additional eight (8) units of affordable housing at ParcReston in the Hunter Mill District.  This is the first of a total of 13 additional units to be purchased at ParcReston. 
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May 4, 2007
High-rise Affordability Panel Recommendations Move Forward
Policy Encourages Development of Affordable/Workforce Housing in High-rise/High-density Areas of County
At its meeting on April 30, 2007, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop recommendations for the implementation of the policy proposals of the High-rise Affordability Panel. 
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May 4, 2007
Board of Supervisors Receives Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Recommendations
Oversight Group Clarifies Recommendation on Serving Very Low Income Households
At its meeting on April 30, 2007, the Board of Supervisors received the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee concerning the future use of the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund.  As a part of its action, the Board asked the staff to provide information on the Advisory Committee’s recommendations and a variety of other related issues. 
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April 20, 2007
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations on “One Penny” Fund
Oversight Group’s Recommendations to the Board of Supervisors Establish New Goal, Strengthen Focus on Very Low Income
At its meeting on March 23, 2007, the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee adopted recommendations to modify the Board of Supervisors’ “Overriding and Guiding Principles” for the use of the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund.
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April 20, 2007
Leverage : The Key to Understanding the Success of the One Penny
Entering into its third fiscal year, the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund has proven to be a successful and effective tool for preserving affordable housing units for a wide variety of Fairfax County families. The Penny Fund was adopted by the Board of Supervisors with the intent of serving a range of incomes—the very low income (50% of the Area Median Income {AMI} and below) and low income (60% of the AMI), to workforce housing (up to 100% of the AMI) and first-time homebuyers (120% of the AMI). The Penny Fund has successfully achieved this mission.
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April 20, 2007
NVBIA Adopts Position Statement on Affordable Housing
Local Builders Group Offers Recommendations to Increase Affordable/Workforce Housing Production
In February, the Northern Virginia Building Industry Associate (NVBIA) adopted a position statement outlining several proposals to increase the production of affordable/workforce housing in the region.  NVBIA identifies four major areas for consideration by local policymakers:
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April 20, 2007
Issues Fairfax 2030 to be Hosted by Chamber
On April 26, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Fairfax County and George Mason University will co-host a premier community forum: Issues Fairfax: Fairfax 2030. The forum will focus on how, as a community, we can manage our future growth in a manner that sustains the community’s core values while best accommodating the transition from a traditional suburban community to a more urban place. More than two hundred stakeholders from Fairfax’s business, government, civic and non-profit sectors will come together to collectively engage in a community dialog about strategies for shaping how Fairfax can manage its growth over the next twenty-five years. To view a full agenda please click here.
April 6, 2007
Non-Competitive Tax Credit Pool for Northern Virginia May be Ended by VHDA
As the Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA) prepares its 2008 QAP for low income housing tax credits, the state agency is considering dropping the Northern Virginia non-competitive tax credit pool and instead opening it statewide. 
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CDBG
April 6, 2007
Community Development Week

For many years, Fairfax County has observed Community Development Week each spring in order to focus attention on the importance of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the many community development and housing activities made possible through.  The county receives over $6 million annually in CDBG funding.  This year Community Development Week is being recognized from April 9 through April 15. 
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April 6, 2007
Hello, Community Development Block Grant Subrecipients
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be declaring the week of April 9th through April 15th as Community Development Week in Fairfax County.  A proclamation will be read during the Board's Meeting on April 9 and individuals involved with the Community Development Block Grant will be asked to come before the Board as a group to accept the proclamation.  We would like to invite you to this presentation at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Government Center on Monday, April 9.
Cedar Ridge
April 6, 2007
The FCRHA Refinances Cedar Ridge Apartments in Order to Undertake Extensive Rehabilitation
On March 29, 2007, the FCRHA refinanced the bonds on the Cedar Ridge Apartments, a 198 unit low income apartment complex located in Reston, Virginia.  A combination of the bond proceeds, low income housing tax credit equity, and limited county funds are being used to refiance the existing debt on the property and undertake approximately $4.6 million in rehabilitation on the property.
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March 23 , 2007
106 Units to be Preserved at Coralain Gardens Apartments
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has adopted a resolution authorizing, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, a loan to Coralain Apartments, L.P. not to exceed $5.3 million from the One Penny Funds for the preservation of Coralain Gardens Apartments in the Mason District.  The 106-unit property will be owned by Coralain Apartments L.P. a limited partnership created by RST Development LLC. 
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Reston Glen
RestonGlen
March 23 , 2007
Affordable Housing Partnership Means Preservation in Reston
A collaborative effort between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and Fairfield Residential, one of the nation’s largest owners of multi-family housing, will result in the long term preservation of 40 apartments at RestonGlen. 
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March 23 , 2007
News Release from the National Housing Conference:  Affordable Housing Becoming a Presidential Issue
Nearly 70 percent of Americans are more likely to choose a 2008 presidential candidate who articulates his or her detailed plan for providing affordable housing, according to a new nationwide Zogby poll released today and commissioned by a coalition of public, private and non-profit advocacy groups, including the National Housing Conference (NHC), the nation’s premier public policy and housing advocacy organization.
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March 9 , 2007
FCRHA Approves Universal Design Policy
In a unanimous demonstration of support in recognition of the need for more accessible and affordable housing for persons with disabilities, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority adopted a new policy at their March 8 meeting endorsing universal and accessible design of affordable housing for persons with disabilities. 
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March 9 , 2007
FY 2008 Proposed County Budget Released
On Monday, February 26, 2007, the County Executive presented his proposed FY 2008 Budget to the Board of Supervisors.  The good news is the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund was once again fully funded as part of the proposed budget, and next fiscal year will provide $22.7 million towards the preservation of affordable housing. 
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March 9 , 2007
Save the Date! Non-Profit Dialogue Scheduled for March 28, 2007
On Wednesday, March 28 the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will host its non-profit partners in an informal discussion focusing on:
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March 9 , 2007
2007 General Assembly: Housing Highlights
Fairfax County Legislative Initiatives Among Bills Awaiting Governor’s Signature
The 2007 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, February 24 after considering a number of legislative proposals regarding affordable housing. The following are highlights of affordable housing-related bills passed by the General Assembly:
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March 9 , 2007
Upcoming Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meetings
The Clerk to the Board of Supervisors has announced the following meetings of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee, Chaired by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins:
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February 23, 2007

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Affordable Housing Week Approaches!
The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA), along with its partners, is sponsoring Affordable Housing Week, April 21-28, 2007 in the Northern Virginia region, including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. The week-long series of events is intended to increase awareness of what affordable housing means today and who it serves in our communities.
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February 23, 2007
A Successful Start for the Homebuyer Equity Loan Program
Six months after it was officially implemented, the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Homebuyer Equity Loan Program (HELP) has been a success in many ways. The use of ADDI and HOME funds have created a successful program that has already helped 26 families low-income households to purchase a home.
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February 9, 2007
County Surpasses Preservation Goal: Janna Lee Village Apartments Preserved
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on $15,475,000 in financing, of an overall financing of $19 million, for the Janna Lee Village Apartments on January 31, 2007. Janna Lee Village is a 319-unit multifamily development located in Lee District that was acquired and will be rehabilitated by two private limited partnerships: JLV Partners I LP and JLV Partners II LP.
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February 9, 2007
$5 Million in Additional SPARC Funds Available to First-Time Homebuyers
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has awarded the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development $5 million in half percent SPARC funding. These funds are available to eligible first-time homebuyers on a first come, first serve basis, contingent on submission of a ratified sales contract on a home in Fairfax County. This award was granted to supplement $13 million in SPARC funds already awarded to Fairfax County, which has assisted 62 homebuyers since February 2006.
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February 9, 2007
Blueprint to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Now Available
In January 2007, the Planning Committee to End Homelessness of the Community Council on Homelessness released its Blueprint for Success: Strategic Directions for the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community. The report takes a look at where the county is now in providing assistance for its homeless population and focuses on moving the county beyond managing homelessness to ending it. A copy of the report may be found online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.
January 26, 2007
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Approves Award of Federal HOME Funds for Affordable Housing Preservation
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has awarded federal HOME program Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds in the amount of $1,085,938 to three Fairfax County non-profit developers for the purpose of acquiring and preserving affordable housing in the county. The units to be preserved will include housing for very low-income renters with special needs.
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January 26, 2007
Planning Commission Committee Reviews High-Rise Affordability Recommendations
County Planning Leaders Focusing on Need for Affordable/Workforce Housing
On January 24, 2007, the Housing Committee of the Fairfax County Planning Commission held a joint meeting with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to discuss the recommendations of the Board of Supervisors-appointed High-rise Affordability Panel.

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January 26, 2007
The Residences at Government Center Moves Forward
On Thursday Jan. 18, a pre-proposal conference was held for the request for proposal to enter into a Public –Private Partnership contract for the construction and operation of “The Residences at the Government Center.” Approximately, 75 interested parties attended the meeting, a large number of which also toured the site. Fairfax County proposes the development of an innovative and imaginative mixed-income residential development adjacent to the current Fairfax County Government Center on county-owned land.
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January 26, 2007
Universal Design Demonstration House Photos
The Universal Design Demonstration House is a three-story house with a large unfinished basement, a master bedroom/bath suite on the main level and additional bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. It is designed with an elevator shaft so a future elevator can be easily and economically installed.
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January 12, 2007
Mission Achieved!
Fairfax County Surpasses Affordable Housing Preservation Goal
Fairfax County has surpassed its goal of preserving 1,000 affordable housing units a full year in advance of the original anticipated deadline.  As a result of the determined leadership of the Board of Supervisors, the guidance of the Affordable Housing Preservation Advisory committee and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and the hard work of dedicated staff and committed community partners, Fairfax County has not only achieved its goal, but exceeded it. 
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January 12, 2007
Successful Preservation of Priority Property

On December 18, 2006, the FCRHA closed on financing in the amount of $5,000,000 from the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund through the Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) to be used for the acquisition, preservation, and rehabilitation of Sunset Park Apartments, a 90-unit project located in the Mason District.  AHC, Inc., a regional no-profit, purchased the property and formed a subsidiary, AHC Limited Partnership - 15 which will be the owner. 
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January 12, 2007
More Preservation at Hollybrooke

On December 18, 2006 the FCRHA issued tax-exempt bonds in the amount of $6,500,000 and provided $3,100,000 in financing from the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund through the AHPP for the acquisition, preservation, and rehabilitation of 50 units at Hollybrooke III Condominiums located in Falls Church in Mason District. 
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January 2, 2007
Request for Proposals for The Residences at the Government Center
To view a copy of the Request for Proposals for "The Residences at the Government Center" please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; select PPEA Opportunities and go to RFP07-898910-30.

 

 

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