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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
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! The next edition of e-ffordable will be on Friday, Jan. 9.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Board of Supervisors Approves Proposed Comprehensive Agreement With JPI For Development of The Residences at the Government Center
On Monday, Dec. 8, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed Comprehensive Agreement with JPI Development Services, L.P. for the development and operation of “The Residences at the Government Center."   Under the contract to the ground lease, over the next 24 months, JPI will develop the designs, prepare the site plan and go through the process of seeking zoning and site plan approvals from Fairfax County for the development.  This process will include public hearings and another open house hosted by JPI which will be scheduled in 2009.
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Washington Business Journal Reports on The Residences at the Government Center
On Friday, Dec. 5, the Washington Business Journal ran on an article on The Residences at the Government Center.  The Business Journal brief may be found at:
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2008/12/08/story10.html.  A subscription to the print publication is required to view the full article.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Board of Supervisors Approves Strawbridge Square Apartments Preservation Plan
On Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized financing in the amount of $5,040,000 for Strawbridge, LP, an affiliate of Wesley Housing Development Housing Corporation (WHDC) to acquire, rehabilitate and preserve Strawbridge Square Apartments in the Mason District. The funds come from a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 108 loan.   Strawbridge, LP intends to apply for 9% non-competitive low income housing tax credits from Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) available in 2009. The property will continue to be operated as affordable housing for low and moderate income households.
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Town Hall Meeting On Foreclosure Crisis Scheduled in Reston
On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, 7-9 p.m., Catherine Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor, will host a Town Hall Meeting on the Foreclosure Crisis for homeowners and renters who live in Fairfax County. The meeting will be held at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, (Hunters Woods location) Reston, VA 20191.
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Attorneys Step Up to Assist Those Facing Foreclosure
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships hosted foreclosure training for more than 50 area attorneys who are willing to provide pro bono services. 
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Carousel Court Highlighted in the Washington Post
On Saturday, Dec. 6, The Washington Post highlighted Carousel Court Apartments in Bailey’s Crossroads. Carousel Court, formerly known as Sunset Park Apartments, was preserved under Fairfax County Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative by AHC, Inc. in January 2007.  The complete article may be viewed here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/05/AR2008120501600.html

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Materials from FCRHA Strategic Planning Session Now Available
Materials from the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) November 22, 2008 strategic planning session are now available here.  The materials provide useful information on FCRHA programs and how the agency is meeting its mission.
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
FYI: Fairfax Connector Fare Increase in January
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an increase in bus fares and the elimination of paper transfers for Fairfax Connector bus service, effective January 4, 2009. Public meetings were held in November to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed fare increases. The last fare increase for Fairfax Connector occurred in 2004.
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Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
Dec. 15 Non-Profit Dialogue Postponed
New Date: Friday, Jan. 16

Due to a conflict with a meeting that has been scheduled by COG with area non-profits on Monday, Dec. 15, the previously announced Non-Profit Dialogue, hosted by DHCD, has been rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 16
On Friday, January 16, representatives from non-profit organizations and other advocates are invited to provide input on the FCRHA FY 2010 Strategic Plan and the loan closing process for Non-Profits receiving federal funds to purchase foreclosed properties. The Non-Profit Dialogue will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 2 and 3.  To attend this event, please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 12 to 703-246-5006 or via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov. Following this event, comments will be conveyed to the FCRHA through its committees.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
REMINDER: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
HCD Director Meets With Head of New Federal Housing Finance Agency
As a member of the executive committee and Board of Directors of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), Paula Sampson – Director of HCD—met with James Lockhart, the director of the new oversight board of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FFHA).  This new entity was created by Congress this year to provide oversight to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the Federal Home Loan Banks.  When Fannie and Freddie went into conservatorship in September, FFHA became the conservator for these two agencies.  The purpose of the meeting was to share with Director Lockhart the importance and need for Fannie and Freddie to again be active in the affordable housing finance market.  Paula Sampson discussed issues relevant to Fairfax County including the need for first mortgage financing in order for the County’s Silver Lining and Silver Lining Plus foreclosure programs to be successful as well as the need for permanent financing and tax credit purchasers for multifamily preservation projects. Others attending the meeting included NALHFA board members from Miami-Dade, FL, Atlanta GA, Austin TX and Minneapolis, MN as well as the executive director of NALHFA and the Deputy Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
Residences at the Government Center Update:
Public Hearing to Be Held Monday, Dec. 8
Proposed Comprehensive Agreement Now Available for Review 

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Agreement with JPI Development Services, L.P. for the development and operation of “The Residences at the Government Center” in the Springfield District.  In addition, the proposed Comprehensive Agreement, which includes as attachments the ground lease and the contract to the ground lease, has been posted on the county web site by the Department of Purchasing and Supply Management and is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm for public comment.  The public comment period will run until the public hearing on December 8.
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Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
HCD Recognized for Two GIS Excellence Awards
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) was selected the winner of two awards at the county’s annual 2008 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Excellence Award ceremony held on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Fairfax County Government Center. HCD, represented by Krystal Workman and Diane Jenkins, was selected as the winner for the Most Significant Progress in the use of GIS technology for spatial analysis and high quality maps detailing the agency’s activities and assets. 
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Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
MetLife Foundation and Enterprise Recognize Exemplary Models in Affordable Housing
Reston Interfaith Among Honorees
MetLife Foundation and Enterprise announced the 2008 recipients of the MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing this morning at the Enterprise Community Conference in Baltimore. Six community-based organizations were awarded a total of $180,000 for leadership, innovation, and effectiveness in the fields of supportive housing and property and asset management.
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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
REMINDER: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Virginia Seeks Feedback on Neighborhood Stabilization Program Design
State Eligible to Receive $38.7 Million in Federal Foreclosure Relief Funds; Input Session Planned
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is requesting public input on its proposed program design for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The NSP was authorized as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, with a goal of assisting in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes and residential properties. The State is eligible to receive $38.7 million in NSP funds, which will be treated as an extension of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  The State’s use of the funds will be guided by a substantial amendment to its Consolidated Plan – Annual Action Plan.  This amendment, which constitutes the program design for Virginia’s use of NSP funds, must be submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by December 1, 2008. 
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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
FCRHA Annual Plan Revisions Available for Public Comment
Updates Proposed for HUD-Mandated Plan Governing Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher ProgramsThe Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has released for public comment the proposed revisions to the Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher for Fiscal Year 2009 (FCRHA Fiscal Year 2010) mandated by the Federal Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998. Through this updated plan, the FCRHA will advise the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), residents of FCRHA-owned housing, and the public of the FCRHA’s mission to serve the needs of low-income and very low-income families for Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing assistance, and the FCRHA’s strategy to address those needs.
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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Fairfax County’s Workforce Housing Program Receives Virginia Housing Award
Fairfax County’s Workforce Housing Program has been selected as winner of the Virginia Housing Award for the Best Housing Program in Virginia.  The award was presented to Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development at the 2008 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference in Hampton, Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The Virginia Housing Awards recognizes Virginia’s most successful, innovative and effective housing efforts in the following four categories: Best Housing Program or Service, Best Housing Revitalization/Preservation Effort, Best Housing Development and Best Housing Organization overall.

The Best Housing Program award reflects the county’s innovative approaches to address the need of affordable workforce housing including Magnet Housing; a new Workforce Housing Policy; a Workforce Housing Summit to engage the local business community; and the utilization of the county land for development of workforce housing.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Virginia Seeks Feedback on Neighborhood Stabilization Program Design
State Eligible to Receive $38.7 Million in Federal Foreclosure Relief Funds; Input Session Planned
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is requesting public input on its proposed program design for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The NSP was authorized as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, with a goal of assisting in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes and residential properties. The State is eligible to receive $38.7 million in NSP funds, which will be treated as an extension of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  The State’s use of the funds will be guided by a substantial amendment to its Consolidated Plan – Annual Action Plan.  This amendment, which constitutes the program design for Virginia’s use of NSP funds, must be submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by December 1, 2008. 
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Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
Analysis of Fairfax County Affordable Housing Programs and Funding Sources in FY 2008
Fairfax County, through significant financial investments in affordable housing programs, continues to serve a wide spectrum of households with a broad range of incomes.  The total investment by Fairfax County in affordable housing programs in FY 2008, based on the FY 2008 revised budget, was $106,500,621.  In the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the largest portion of that investment – more than $56 million or 53% in FY 2008 – is going to households earning 30 percent or below of the current Area Median Income (AMI) of $99,000.  In addition, no program or preserved property in FY 2008 had an average income or rent affordability over 80% of the AMI.
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Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Addresses Critical Issues
Foreclosure Program, Workforce Housing, Penny Fund Discussed
On Monday, October 27, 2008, the Housing Committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, chaired by Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, met to discuss a broad range of issues concerning the County’s current and future housing market and affordable housing needs. 

  • Current Housing Market:  The Housing Committee received a briefing from Professor John McClain, of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, of the current housing market in Fairfax County.  A copy of Professor McClain’s presentation can be found here. Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
CCFAC’s Annual Public Hearing - Nov. 18
The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to a public hearing that is being held to receive comments on housing, community development and human services needs and Fairfax County’s Consolidated Plan performance.  The Consolidated Plan is a federal requirement from HUD that combines the broad planning requirements of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 with the annual applications and reporting for the HUD-funded programs that are administered by Fairfax County.  Information from this public hearing also will be used to prepare the Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2010 and to educate the residents of Fairfax County concerning community needs. The CCFAC is particularly interested in hearing your input on specific topics included in the public notice of the hearing. Click here to view more information.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
Opening of Public Comment Period for Notice of Amendment to Fairfax County Consolidated Plan to Incorporate Funding Under Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Interested persons and organizations are being provided an opportunity for public comment on a proposed amendment to the Fairfax County Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2009.  The amendment would incorporate funding and activities under the new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) allocated under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The NSP was established under Title III of Division B of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  NSP funds are resources provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be used for the purpose of assisting in the acquisition, rehabilitation, and redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes. More information can be found in the notice regarding the amendment and public comment period.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
REMINDER: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Fairfax County Has One of the Country’s Largest Municipal Bond Sales Despite the Credit Crisis
Despite the ailing credit market in recent weeks, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority sold a $105 million bond anticipation note (BAN) to Banc of America Securities LLC, the investment banking subsidiary of Bank of America. The interest rate of 2.594 percent was excellent and a reflector of the high quality of Fairfax County credit.
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Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Reminder: Department of Housing and Community Development to Host Meeting with Non-Profits On New Neighborhood Stabilization Program
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will host a meeting with non-profits to educate non-profits to participate on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  The funding for Fairfax County is $2,807,300.  This funding will flow to the county through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and may be used to purchase, or finance the purchase of foreclosed homes, as well as provide counseling services.  The county has been anticipating this funding and expects to use the funds as part of its new Silver Lining” Program.  
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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
$2.8 Million Allocated to Fairfax County to Stabilize Neighborhoods Impacted by Foreclosures
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that a total of $3.92 billion will be allocated nationally and particularly to those areas experiencing the effects of high foreclosures. HUD's new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) will provide targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities.
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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
Highlights from the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee FY 2008 Progress Report
At their September 26 meeting, the Affordable Housing Committee reviewed the progress of the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund for FY 2008. During FY 2008, the Penny Fund met or exceeded the expectations set forth in the Board’s “Overriding and Guiding Principles” for the Fund. A total of 791 units of affordable housing were preserved in FY 2008 bringing the total number of units preserved since the Initiative’s launch in 2004 to 2,224 units (as of June 30, 2008).  In addition to the $22.7 million in One Penny Funds committed in FY 2008, a total of $1,021,974 in federal HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds and $1,076,450 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were committed to affordable housing preservation transactions in FY 2008. 
To view the complete FY 2008 Progress Report, please click here.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
FCRHA FY 2008 Strategic Plan-Action Plan Fiscal Year End Report Presented
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) reviewed its Fiscal Year End Status Report on its FY 2008 Strategic Plan-Action Plan at its meeting on Thursday, September 18.  The report noted the several significant strides that have been made in the past year toward the preservation and production of additional affordable housing in Fairfax County. 

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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
Supervisor Gerald Hyland to Host Meeting on North Hill
Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerald Hyland will host a meeting to discuss community development alternatives for the North Hill Master Plan on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m., at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306.  Cunningham and Quill Architects will present alternatives for the North Hill Master Plan to the community for discussion.  The Park Authority will also begin discussion of its alternatives for the park portion of the site.

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Takes Another Big Step Toward The Construction Of Olley Glen Senior Housing
On August 26, 2008, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on permanent financing for the construction of Olley Glen senior residences in the Braddock District.  When complete, Olley Glen will consist of 90 units of independent living for seniors of low to moderate income.  The project is the third phase of the Glens at Little River which currently consists of Little River Glen, 120 units for independent senior living and a senior center, and Braddock Glen, 60 units of assisted living and an adult day health care center. 
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Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development Wins Award for Innovation in Government Finance
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has been honored as a recipient of the 2008 Award for Innovation in Government Finance by the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association (VGFOA) for the agency’s Tenant Collection and Cash Management Program.  The award recognizes financial innovation in the areas of accounting, auditing and financial reporting; policies and procedures; cash management, investing and e-government.
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Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Fairfax County to Host Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Community Dialogue Meetings
Fairfax County is projecting a budget deficit of more than $400 million for FY 2010 (beginning July 1, 2009), which must be addressed through a combination of spending reductions and other strategies. To respond to this challenge, Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools will host 20 community dialogue sessions to gather comments from the public, and will use that input as a key factor to help guide the development of criteria for making budget decisions.  For more information on the community dialogues and to register to participate, please click here.

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
REMINDERS:
Deadline for Application for CHDO Funds Approaching
In August, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced the availability of Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDO) set-aside funds under the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Project proposals are being solicited to construct, acquire, or rehabilitate affordable housing. Up to $402,624 is available for HOME CHDO funds based on the federal requirement to set-aside at least 15% of the county's annual funding under the HOME Program for CHDO-eligible activities. There is an emphasis on the purchase of foreclosed homes this funding round.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
SPECIAL ALERT -
HCD Announces the Availability of CHDO Funds Under the HOME Program

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces the availability of Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDO) set-aside funds under the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Project proposals are being solicited to construct, acquire, or rehabilitate affordable housing.
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Friday, August 1, 2008
President Signs Sweeping Housing Overhaul Legislation
Bill Provides $3.92 Billion for State, Local Governments to Address Foreclosure Crisis
President Bush this week signed landmark legislation aimed at addressing the crisis in the nation’s housing market.  The “Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008” makes critical changes to Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax-Exempt Bonds, establishes a new national housing trust fund, creates a new independent regulator for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and extends additional credit to those organizations, and establishes a new Federal Housing Administration foreclosure prevention program, among other provisions.  Highlights of the bill, and its potential benefits to Fairfax County, are as follows:
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Friday, August 1, 2008
FCRHA Welcomes New Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) elected Ronald F. Christian, Braddock District, and Lee A. Rau, Hunter Mill District, as chairman and vice-chairman at their meeting on Thursday, July 24.  After a distinguished career and more than ten years of service to the FCRHA, former Chairman Conrad Egan resigned from the FCRHA effective July 23. 
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FCRHA Hosts Farewell Event for Conrad Egan
On Tuesday, July 29, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Community Development hosted an event at James Lee Community Center in honor of former Chairman Conrad Egan.  Pictures from the event are available by clicking here.
Friday, August 1, 2008
HCD Rated High Performer For 7th Year in a Row!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has received a high performance rating for FY 2007 in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS). HCD scored 93 out of a possible 100 points and received a perfect score of 30 points on the financial indicator for the FY 2007 audited submission. HCD has been a consistent "high-performer" for the 7th year in a row since HUD created PHAS in 2002.
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Friday, August 1, 2008
FACETS Marks Twenty Years of Serving Fairfax County
Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, Inc. (FACETS) celebrated its 20th Anniversary on July 19 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church. The event was open to the public and included live entertainment, food and the presentation of the first annual FACETS Spirit Award to the non-profit’s founder, Linda D. Wimpey.
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Friday, August 1, 2008
Good Shepherd Reaches Housing Goal
Good Shepherd Housing, a Fairfax County non-profit organization that recently accomplished its goal of acquiring 10 housing units for the Mount Vernon Village II Scattered Site Homes project during FY 2007 - 2008. To complete this project, Good Shepherd purchased two properties with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding administered through the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on June 12 and June 30.
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Friday, August 1, 2008
HUD Approves FCRHA FY 2009 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher
Plan Update Includes Details in Implementation of Homelessness Strategy
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 2009 (Federal Fiscal Year 2008). 
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Friday, August 1, 2008
REMINDER: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for September 26

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for September 26, 2008, 9 AM to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Please Join Us as We Bid A Fond Farewell to FCRHA Chairman Conrad Egan
Chairman Conrad Egan has served as Providence District Commissioner on the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) since 1997 and has served as Chairman of the FCRHA since 2000.  During his tenure on the FCRHA, he has distinguished himself as a leader in promoting affordable housing programs and has served on numerous FCRHA and county committees including holding leadership positions on the Affordable Housing Preservation Action Committee where as co-chair he played a key role in implementing the Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative and securing the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Board Approves New Initiative to Address Home Foreclosures
On Monday, June 30, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized a new initiative to address the foreclosures within the county. The initiative is a three-pronged approach designed to address the current foreclosure problem and help stabilize impacted neighborhoods while increasing the opportunities for additional workforce housing. These approaches include: Assistance to Homeowners in Distress, the Silver Lining Initiative and Neighborhood Preservation Efforts. To view a complete copy of the news release issued by Fairfax County, please click here.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Fairfax County Workforce Housing Summit Materials and Photos
On Wednesday, June 25, Fairfax County, in partnership with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing and Freddie Mac, hosted a Workforce Housing Summit to discuss the pressing need for workforce housing in Fairfax County; the link between workforce housing and easing traffic congestion problems; and potential strategies for providing more workforce housing to ensure the continued success of the county’s corporations, institutions and governmental services in attracting and retaining workers. The Summit began a dialogue with area employers to engage them in the issue of the need for additional workforce housing in Fairfax County and to heighten awareness of the negative impacts on the community and transportation when the workforce cannot afford to live where they work.  The event included keynote addresses by Robert Thomson, a.k.a. “Dr. Gridlock,” of The Washington Post and Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and columnist for The Washington Post. Materials from the Summit are available online here. Photos from the Summit are available here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Fairfax County Hosts Workforce Housing Summit
Fairfax County, in partnership with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing and Freddie Mac, hosted a Workforce Housing Summit today to discuss the pressing need for workforce housing in Fairfax County; the link between workforce housing and easing traffic congestion problems; and potential strategies for providing more workforce housing to ensure the continued success of the county’s corporations, institutions and governmental services in attracting and retaining workers. The Summit began a dialogue with area employers to engage them in the issue of the need for additional workforce housing in Fairfax County and to heighten awareness of the negative impacts on the community and transportation when the workforce cannot afford to live where they work. The event included keynote addresses by Robert Thomson, a.k.a. “Dr. Gridlock,” of The Washington Post and Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and columnist for The Washington Post. Materials from the Summit are available online here.

Friday, June 20, 2008
New e-ffordable.org Summer Schedule
For summer of 2008, the e-ffordable.org e-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.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled June 27, 2008
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled Committee Members, Public Encouraged to Attend June 25 Workforce Housing Summit
Per Co-Chairmen Conrad Egan and Jim Scott, the June 27, 2008 meeting of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has been cancelled. Note: The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for September 26, 2008, 9 AM to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Still Time to Register! Fairfax County Workforce Housing Summit, June 25
The Intersection of Traffic and Workforce Housing
How was your commute today?

The Fairfax County Workforce Housing Summit will be held Wednesday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freddie Mac, 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Registration for the Summit has been extended to Tuesday, June 17, 2008. To register for the Workforce Housing Summit, please click here or call 703-279-7309 (TTY for hearing impaired: 703-385-3578). For directions to Freddie Mac's Headquarters, please click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled June 27, 2008
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled Committee Members, Public Encouraged to Attend June 25 Workforce Housing Summit
Per Co-Chairmen Conrad Egan and Jim Scott, the June 27, 2008 meeting of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has been cancelled. Note: The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for September 26, 2008, 9 AM to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, June 6, 2008
Fairfax County to Host Workforce Housing Summit
Fairfax County, in partnership with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing and Freddie Mac, will host a workforce housing summit on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.  The Workforce Housing Summit will bring together corporate and community leaders with county and state officials and experts in the areas of workforce housing and transportation to explore: the pressing need for workforce housing in Fairfax County; the link between workforce housing and easing our traffic congestion problem; , and potential strategies for providing more workforce housing to ensure the continued success of the county’s corporations, institutions and governmental services in attracting and retaining workers.  To view the event invitation and for further details, please click here.
Friday, June 6, 2008
FBDI Sponsors Event on Developing Affordable Housing and Community Facilities
Members of the Northern Virginia faith community are invited to a “Call to Action: Resources for Houses of Worship Developing Affordable Housing and Community Facilities.”  The event is being sponsored by the Faith-based Development Initiative, and co-hosted by the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and the MeetingHouse Corporation. 
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Friday, June 6, 2008
Katherine K. Hanley Shelter Open House
The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter will hold an open house on Saturday, June 14 from 2-4:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Advisory Board and in addition to the open house, the event will offer kids’ activities and light refreshments. It will be held at 13000 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 and is sponsored in part by Glory Days Grill.  For More Information, Contact Jill Shumann, 703-532-2167, TTY 711.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Department of Housing and Community Development Director Selected as Treasurer for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies
Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director Paula C. Sampson was recently elected as treasurer of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) at the association’s Spring Educational Conference in Los Angeles.   Ms. Sampson has initiated and actively supported numerous projects and new affordable housing initiatives in her years of service to Fairfax County including Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative, an initiative which has preserved more than 2,200 units of affordable housing since its launch and generated tens of millions of dollars for the preservation of affordable housing. 
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Friday, June 6, 2008
Mortgage Clinics Offered to Aid Threatened Homeowners
The Virginia Foreclosure Prevention Task Force will hold a series of regional Mortgage Clinics on Saturday, June 14 and Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On June 14, the clinics will be held in Richmond at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219; in Virginia Beach at Larkspur Middle School, 4696 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6456) and in Roanoke at Roanoke Higher Education Center, Claude Moore Education Complex, 108 N. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016.
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Friday, May 23, 2008
Chairman Conrad Egan Recognized as Lord Fairfax for Providence District
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Chairman Conrad Egan will be recognized as Providence District's "Lord Fairfax" on Monday, June 2. The yearly honor is awarded by the Board of Supervisors to community volunteer leaders demonstrating exceptional service for their respective district or an act of heroism.  
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Friday, May 23, 2008
Two Fairfax County Redevelopment Housing Commissioners Re-Appointed
On April 28, 2008, the Board of Supervisors re-appointed Commissioner Albert McAloon, Lee District, and Commissioner Will Jasper, At-Large Commissioner to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). FCRHA Commissioners serve four-year terms. Commissioner Albert McAloon has served on the FCRHA since July 1995 and Commissioner Will Jasper has served since June 1997.

Friday, May 23, 2008
Non-Profit Dialogue Focuses on FCRHA Annual Housing Authority Plan
Residential Studio Zoning Ordinance Amendment also on Agenda
On May 9, 2008, representatives of non-profit organizations and other interested citizens gathered to provide input on the Fiscal Year 2009 Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Annual Public Housing Authority Plan and related issues.  Staff from the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) also provided a briefing and answered questions on the planned proposal for a Zoning Ordinance amendment related to Residential Studio units.  This “Non-Profit Dialogue” was the fifth in a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners initiated by HCD Director Paula C. Sampson in 2006.
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Friday, May 9, 2008
AHOME Receives 2008 HAND Housing Achievement Award 
Congratulations to AHOME who has received a 2008 HAND Housing Achievement Award for its work with the Fairfax County 2007 Workforce High-rise Housing Policy and Program Adoption.  Each year, HAND (the Housing Association of Non-profit Developers) presents the achievement awards to recognize best practices in affordable housing projects, programs and organizations during the proceeding year.   The Fairfax County Workforce Policy and Program was created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the Fall of 2007 through amendments  to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance,  and adoption of an associated Board Policy. The program, which germinated through the work of the High-rise Panel and the dedication of AHOME and other supporters, encourages the voluntary development of new housing affordable to a range of moderate-income workers in Fairfax County’s high-rise/high-density areas. This proffer-based incentive system provides for a density bonus of up to one unit for every workforce unit provided by a developer, with the expectation that at least 12 percent of units in new developments be affordable or workforce housing.

Lee Rau Award
Lee Rau (right) receives AHOME’s Presidents Award from (from left) John Foust, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly and Supervisor Catherine Hudgins

Friday, May 9, 2008
FCRHA Commissioner Lee Rau Receives AHOME Award
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Commissioner Lee Rau, a Reston resident in the Hunter Mill District, was recognized by AHOME for his leadership of the Fairfax County High-rise Panel which was the driving force behind the adoption of Fairfax County new Workforce Housing Program.  Commissioner Rau lead the High-rise Panel for more than a year and a half.  AHOME honored Commissioner Rau by presenting him with the President’s Award for his dedication and influence on an affordable housing policy in Fairfax at a ceremony held in March.

Friday, May 9, 2008
America’s Richest Counties:
Analysis of Workforce Housing and Affordable Homeownership Initiatives
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors requested an analysis of the workforce housing and affordable homeownership initiatives in response to the January 22, 2008 Forbes.com article titled “America’s Richest Counties.” Fairfax County was named the “richest” county for the year 2007 based on its median household income of $100,318. Ten of the twenty jurisdictions ranked by wealth in the article were in the immediate Washington, DC area and its outer suburbs.
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John Payne

Friday, May 9, 2008
Department of Housing and Community Development Appoints New Deputy Director of Real Estate
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is proud to announce the appointment of John Payne, A.I.A., as Deputy Director of Real Estate.  Mr. Payne has been with HCD for 27 years, having served as Director of Design, Development and Construction; Director of Revitalization and Real Estate Planning; and Acting Deputy Director of Real Estate.
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Friday, May 9, 2008
Ending Homelessness Update:Changes to Housing Policies Approved
To help Fairfax County further the goal of ending homelessness, on May 1, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved changes to the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Fairfax County Rental Program’s Administrative Plan and Admission and Occupancy policies.
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Friday, May 9, 2008
Westcott Ridge featured on Housing Policy.org
Westcott Ridge, a part of the Magnet Housing Program, is featured on the www.housingpolicy.org website. To view the feature on Westcott Ridge, please click here.

April 25, 2008
Department of Planning and Zoning Seeks Input on Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Responses Due by Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning staff is seeking public comment on a proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment regarding Residential Studios.  The amendment is detailed below.  Comments are requested to be provided in writing to Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 807, Fairfax, VA  22035 or via email to Donna Pesto, Senior Assistant to the Zoning Administrator, at donna.pesto@fairfaxcounty.gov by May 7, 2008.  
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April 25, 2008
FY 2009 Budget Highlights—Affordable Housing Remains a Priority
The Board of Supervisor’s met on Monday, April 21, 2008, for their annual budget mark-up session.  Based on the declining revenue stream from local real estate taxes, the FY 2009 budget process was difficult and required spending reductions as well as a three cent tax rate increase.  The Board, in an 8-2 vote, agreed to fully fund the One Penny for Affordable Housing.  This issue was the subject of much discussion, including a proposal to discontinue the funding.  It should be noted that no funds from the One Penny will re-directed to fund staff. The Board of Supervisors officially adopts their recommended FY 2009 budget on Monday, April 28, 2008. 

April 25, 2008
REMINDER SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2008 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for May 9
Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2009
On Friday, May 9, representatives from non-profit organizations and other advocates are invited to  provide additional input on the FCRHA FY 2009 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher and other related topics.  The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 and 10 and is part of a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, initiated by HCD Director, Paula C. Sampson.  The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. To attend this event, please RSVP by Monday, May 5 to 703-279-7309 or via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov. Following this event, comments will be conveyed to the FCRHA through its committees.

April 25, 2008
Magnet Housing Program has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government
Fairfax County’s Magnet Housing Program has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Thomas H. Muehlenback Award through the Alliance for Innovation for Excellence in Local Government. The Thomas H. Muehlenback award recognizes one local government and its program in the United States for demonstrating outstanding achievements. The Magnet Housing program was selected among 82 entries! In addition to receiving the Thomas H. Muehlenback award, three individuals may be selected to receive an internal champion award.
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April 25, 2008
Reston Interfaith Launches 'HOUSE' Program With $500,000 Grant From Freddie Mac and Project-Based Vouchers from HCD/RHA
On March 31, the Board of Supervisors voted to implement its 10-year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, a comprehensive strategy focused on moving from "managing" homelessness to ending it using the "Housing First" model.  The Housing First model calls for rapid re-housing of the homeless, with supportive services provided once the individual or family is in a unit.  Fairfax County's non-profit partners are playing a critical role in implementing this strategy.  Reston Interfaith, in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Freddie Mac Foundation, kicked-off its new Housing OpportUnities Strengthens Everyone (HOUSE) program on Tuesday, April 22. The Freddie Mac Foundation provided a $500,000 grant to launch the program, and the FCRHA is providing federally-funded Project-Based Vouchers.  Thirty-four townhomes will be immediately available in the Reston and Herndon areas for HOUSE applicants.  For more information, please contact Reston Interfaith at 571-323-9555. 

April 11, 2008
SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2008 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for May 9
to Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2009
On Friday, May 9, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather to provide additional input on the FCRHA FY 2009 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher and other related topics.  The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 and 10 and is part of a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, initiated by HCD Director Paula C. Sampson.  The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. To attend this event, please RSVP by Monday, May 5 to 703-279-7309 or via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Following this event, comments will be conveyed to the FCRHA through its committees.

April 11, 2008
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Bid Farewell to Chairman Conrad Egan and Sully District Commissioner John Litzenberger
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will bid farewell to two members of its authority over the next couple of months.  Commissioner John Litzenberger, Sully District, was appointed to serve on the Fairfax County Planning Commission effective in January.  His last meeting with the FCRHA will be May 1.  Commissioner Litzenberger has been a longtime supporter of community service in Fairfax County. 
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April 11, 2008
Celebrating Community Development Block Grant Funds At Work in Fairfax County
The National Community Development Association (NCDA) celebrated National Community Development Week from March 24 – March 30, 2008. This year’s theme, “On the Right Road” showcased how the Community Block Grant (CDBG) funds increased opportunities for families and neighborhoods to improve housing conditions and access public service programs. 
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April 11, 2008
Foreclosure Training To Be Offered
Basic to intermediate Foreclosure Prevention certification training will be offered at VHDA’s Headquarters building in downtown Richmond from April 29-May 1. For more information, click here.

March 28, 2008
Board of Supervisors to Vote on the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Our Community
At any given time, there are close to 2,000 people who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Did you know that 60% of people without homes are children and working families? On Monday, March 31, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will vote on the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax Falls-Church Community. To learn more, visit www.homelessinfairfax.org, a website dedicated to ending homelessness in Fairfax County.

March 28, 2008
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2009
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia, on the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2009. The Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2009 identifies the proposed use of funds for the four federal programs with an estimated amount of $8.8 million:  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). 
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March 28, 2008
Save the Date: Spring 2008 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for May 9
Organizations and Advocates Requested to Give Input on Preliminary Housing Authority Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2009
On Friday, May 9, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather to provide additional input on the FCRHA FY 2009 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher  and other related topics.  The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 and 10 and is part of a series of conversations with the FCRHA’s non-profit partners, initiated by HCD Director Paula C. Sampson. Following this event, comments will be reported to the FCRHA, through its committees, in summer 2008.

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March 14, 2008
FCRHA Chairman Conrad Egan to Receive Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award
Conrad Egan, chair of the FCRHA, will be honored on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the annual Board of Supervisors Breakfast as the 2008 recipient of the Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award.  He is the fifth recipient of this prestigious award, which is bestowed annually by Leadership Fairfax, Inc. Previous winners include: Kate Hanley, former Board of Supervisors Chairman; Verdia L. Haywood, deputy county executive; Peter Murphy, chairman of the Planning Commission; and Marlene Blum, citizen activist and community leader.
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March 14, 2008
FCRHA Adopts FY 2009 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher
Housing Authority to Receive Further Policy Recommendations Based on Public Input
On Thursday, March 6, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved the submission of its Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Annual Plan Update for FY 2009 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This plan update is required by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) of 1998, and submission to HUD is a requirement for receipt of federal Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher funds. 
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March 14, 2008
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in the News:
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is highlighted in an article about affordable housing preservation in the most recent edition of the Tax Credit Advisor: http://www.housingonline.com/Portals/0/TCAMarch2008.pdf. The FCRHA is proud to have been selected this month as the Member of the Month by the National Housing Conference (NHC).  The FCRHA is highlighted on the NHC’s webpage at http://www.nhc.org/index/member-of-month.

February 29, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
“Proffer Bill” Deferred to 2009 General Assembly Session
2/29/2008 UPDATE:  The House of Delegates Rules Committee voted yesterday to continue (defer) Senate Bill 768 to the 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly.  This action comes after the bill narrowly passed the Virginia Senate over the objections of the Virginia Association of Counties, affordable housing advocates and many Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Legislative Committee, with seven Board members present, voted to oppose the bill on January 18, 2008; the Board subsequently reaffirmed its opposition to the bill on several occasions.
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February 29, 2008
HUD Commends Fairfax County on FY 2007 Use of Federal Grant Funds
Consolidated End-of-Year Performance Review Evaluates CDBG, HOME Activities
In a report issued February 5, 2008, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) congratulated Fairfax County on its many accomplishments using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds in Fiscal Year 2007. 
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February 29, 2008
HCD Rated High Performer Once Again!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has received a high performance rating for FY 2007 in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS). HCD scored 93 out of a possible 100 points and received a perfect score of 30 points on the financial indicator for the FY 2007 audited submission. HCD has been a consistent "high-performer" since HUD created PHAS in 2002.
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February 29, 2008
Ending Homelessness in Our Community

At any given time, there are close to 2,000 people who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Did you know that 60% of people without homes are children and working families? To learn more, visit www.homelessinfairfax.org, a new website dedicated to ending homelessness in Fairfax County.

February 25, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
House Rules Committee to Consider “Proffer Bill” Tomorrow
2/25/2008 UPDATE:  Senate Bill 768 is expected to be considered by the House of Delegates Rules Committee tomorrow, February 26, 2008Delegate Kristen Amundson is Fairfax County’s representative on the committee. 
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February 15, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
“Proffer Bill” Assigned to House Rules Committee
2/15/2008 UPDATE:  Senate Bill 768, which narrowly passed the Virginia Senate on Tuesday, has been assigned to the House of Delegates Rules Committee for consideration.  Delegate Kristen Amundson is Fairfax County’s representative on the committee. 
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February 15, 2008
Chesterbrook Residences Hosts Dedication Ceremony

On Sunday, Feb. 10, Chesterbrook Residences, Fairfax County’s first mixed-income assisted living facility, hosted a dedication ceremony for the property.  Containing 97 units (85 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units), Chesterbrook will be home for up to 109 residents, 62 years of age and older who need assistance with at least one “activity of daily living,” such as bathing/dressing, feeding, personal care, medication coordination and monitoring of safety.  
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February 15, 2008
FCRHA Approves Purchase of Units at Halstead
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors has authorized the purchase of up to four units at Halstead at the Metro I and II Development near Dunn Loring (Providence District).  The property will include 445 condominiums total, twelve of those units will be Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs).  The four units approved for purchased by the FCRHA will become part of Fairfax County’s Rental Program and include 2 one-bedroom, one bath units; 1 one-bedroom, one-bath unit; and 1 two-bedroom, two-bath unit.  The rents for all four units will be affordable to households make up to 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The remaining eight ADUs will be sold until the Fairfax County First Time Homebuyers Program.

February 15, 2008
Notice to Non-Profits: Home Depot Donation Program Overview and Description
Home Depot contributes building and home improvement materials to nonprofits involved in community rebuilding efforts through Gifts In Kind International, the world’s leading organization in the field of product philanthropy. The retail donation program will be available at the participating Home Depot retail locations in the U.S.
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February 13, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
Amended “Proffer Bill” Narrowly Passes Senate; Board of Supervisors Reaffirms Opposition
Senate Bill 768 Moves to House of Delegates
2/13/2008 UPDATE:  The Virginia Senate narrowly passed an amended version of Senate Bill 768 yesterday, a day after the Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its opposition to the proposed legislation.  The bill now moves to the House of Delegates, where it is expected to be considered by the Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns. 
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February 8, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
Senate to Vote Monday, Feb. 11 on “Proffer Bill”; Virginia Association of Counties Board Voices Strong Opposition to Senate Bill 768
Proposed Legislation  Would Eliminate Voluntary Contributions for Affordable Housing and other Public Benefits through Rezoning Process.  Parks, Schools, Road Improvements also Impacted.
2/8/2008 UPDATE:  The Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) voted yesterday at its meeting in Richmond to oppose Senate Bill 768; the measure is expected to go to the full Senate for a vote on Monday, Feb. 11.  Fairfax County’s State Senate delegation includesSenators Barker, Cuccinelli, Herring, Howell, Peterson, Puller, Saslaw, Ticer and Whipple
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February 7, 2008 
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE
“Proffer” Bill Passes State Senate Finance Committee
Senate Bill 768 Would Eliminate Voluntary Contributions for Affordable/Workforce Housing through Rezoning Process.  Parks, Road Improvements, Schools Also Impacted.

2/7/2008 UPDATE:  Senate Bill 768, which proposes drastic changes to the land use “proffer” system and could have a significant negative impact on affordable/workforce housing in Fairfax County, passed the Virginia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and could be considered by the full Senate on Monday, February 11.  In addition to negatively impacting affordable/workforce housing, the bill could also prevent Fairfax County from receiving contributions for schools, parks, road improvements and a variety of other vital public facilities and improvements currently produced via the proffer system. On Friday, Jan. 18, the Board of Supervisors Legislative Committee (with seven Board members present) voted to oppose Senate Bill 768.
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February 1, 2008 
UPDATED: SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT
“Proffer” System Bill Moves Forward in Virginia General Assembly
Senate Bill 768 Would Eliminate Voluntary Contributions for Affordable Housing through Rezoning ProcessSenate Bill 768, which proposes drastic changes to the land use “proffer” system and could have a significant negative impact on affordable housing in Fairfax County, passed the Senate Local Government Committee on January 29, 2008 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. 
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February 1, 2008
Cuts Announced in CDBG and ESG Funding, HOME to Get Slight Increase
A reduction of more than $233,000 (3.8%) in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for FY 2009 was recently announced by HUD and will impact some affordable housing and community development initiatives funded through the program.  In the past three years, cuts have resulted in more than a 13% reduction from the FY 2006 level. The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will be analyzing the impacts that these new reductions will have on programs and services in FY 2009. 
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January 28, 2008
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Virginia General Assembly Considering Sweeping Changes to “Proffer” System
Senate Bill 768 Would Eliminate Voluntary Contributions for Affordable Housing Through Rezoning Process
The Virginia Senate is now considering dramatic changes to the land use “proffer” system which could have a significant negative impact on affordable housing in Fairfax County.   Senate Bill 768 proposes to entirely eliminate proffered cash contributions, severely restrict non-cash proffers, and enact an “impact fee” system. 
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January 18, 2008
2008 Virginia General Assembly Session Begins; Variety of Housing-related Issues Being Considered
On-line System an Easy Way to Track Progress of Bills
The 2008 session of the Virginia General Assembly got underway on January 9, with a number of housing-related bills being considered.  Among the topics that are the subject of proposed legislation to date are overcrowding, blight and a statewide housing trust fund. 
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January 18, 2008
Permanent Financing Established for Three Preserved Affordable Housing Properties
In December 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on permanent financing for three Affordable Dwelling Unit projects: The Bryson at Woodland Park (condominium units) and Fair Oaks Landing (townhomes) in the Hunter Mill District and East Market (condominium units) in the Springfield District.  The financing for all three properties is through a low-interest $7.5 million dollar line of credit with United Bank.  By utilizing the United Bank line of credit, the FCRHA maximizes its use of limited County resources; thereby, making funds available to purchase additional affordable housing projects.

January 18, 2008
James Lee Community Center Receives Award
The James Lee Community Center was awarded the Tree Planting award at the 2007 Land Conservation Awards on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The James Lee Community Center (Providence District) was recognized in the Tree Conservation category for an outstanding job of replacing trees that were unavoidably destroyed due to development of the Center. 
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January 18, 2008
Reston Cable Channel 28 Covers Fairfax County Plan to End Homelessness
The local Reston Cable Channel 28 discussed the Fairfax County’s Plan to End Homelessness during one of their Community Voices segments hosted by Mary Fenelon, Co-Vice Chair, Open Door Housing Fund.  The segment features interviews with Conrad Egan, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference and Chairman, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority; and Jerry Konohia, President and CEO, Open Door Housing Fund.  The video can be viewed at the following link: http://www.rctv28.com/videosCV.htm.
January 18, 2008
FCRHA Provides Additional Financing for Chesterbrook Residences
On January 16, 2008, Chesterbrook Residences, Inc. (CRI) closed on a $275,000 loan for Chesterbrook Residences.  The funds come from the Housing Trust Fund.  In addition, CRI executed an amendment to its loan agreement executed on March 2006, so that it could draw down $100,000 in funds to be used for construction.  Chesterbrook Residences is an assisted living facility that opened in November 2007 in McLean, Virginia in the Dranesville District, with units that serve low income households as well as market rate units.  In addition to this loan in the amount of $275,000, funding includes a Housing Trust Fund loan of $1,229,000 and a CDBG loan in the amount of $250,000.  CRI also received a loan from Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA) and has raised more than $1 million in donations for Chesterbrook.

January 4, 2008
FCRHA Adopts FY 2009 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in High-Priority Strategic Areas
At its meeting on December 13, 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its Fiscal Year 2009 Strategic Plan – Action Plan, covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, pending final action by the Board of Supervisors on the county budget plan in April 2008.  The Action Plan, which provides an overview of the major FCRHA activities and projects – and their anticipated FY 2009 outcomes – in strategic areas such as affordable housing preservation, affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities and other special needs, homeownership, and new affordable housing production, incorporates input and suggestions offered by residents of Fairfax County and interested organizations. 
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January 4, 2008
FCRHA Releases Draft FY 2009 Public Housing Authority Plan for Comment

Public Hearing on HUD-Mandated Plan Scheduled for March 6, 2008
At its meeting on December 13, 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized the release for public comment of its draft Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher for Fiscal Year 2009, and the scheduling of a public hearing on the Plan.  The FCRHA invites all interested residents to review and comment on the draft Plan, which is mandated by the Federal Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998.  Through this plan, the FCRHA will advise the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), residents of FCRHA-owned housing, and the public of the FCRHA’s mission to serve the needs of low-income and very low-income families for Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing assistance, and the FCRHA’s strategy to address those needs.
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January 4, 2008
Announcement of Awarding of Project-Based Vouchers from October 2007 Applications
In October 2007, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority announced the availability of up to 111 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) for existing housing rented to qualified households.  The FCRHA ranked each application based upon weighted selection criteria giving overall priority to applications that indicated the ability to begin to use the vouchers by December 1, 2007. Vouchers were awarded to applying housing providers based on the highest total score who also met the minimum thresholds.
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