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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009
NOTICE: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Hold Special Meeting on January 11
Session to Focus on “Housing Blueprint”, Recommendations to Board of Supervisors
The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at 9 a.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center.  The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the recommendations of the Advisory Committee’s special workgroup concerning the draft “Housing Blueprint”,
in advance of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. 

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call 703.246.5101 or TTY 703.385.3578. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make arrangements.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Housing Committee Scheduled for January 19
The Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors has been re-scheduled to January 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. in Rooms 9 and 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Reminder: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request.  For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Notes From Fairfax County Five-Year Consolidated Plan FY 2011 – 2015 Public Input Forums

Fairfax County conducted three public forums in late October and early November to help identify housing and human service needs to be addressed in the county’s FY 2011-2015 Five Year Consolidated Plan. Forum participants had an opportunity to take part in small group discussions designed to gather information on the housing, community development and human services needs of county residents, and needs for services to be provided by community-based organizations as well as to provide input on how well the county is performing in meeting these needs.The final plan will be approved by the Board of Supervisors and submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in May 2010. Notes from the three public forums are available at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
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 2009 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Excellence Award ceremony held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Fairfax County Government Center. HCD, represented by Krystal Workman and Diane Jenkins, was selected as the winner for the Best Exhibit in this year’s GIS Day exhibition based on visitor votes. Over 175 visitors registered and voted. This is HCD’s third year in a row to receive this award. Krystal, GIS Spatial Analyst for HCD, also was awarded second place for Best GIS Cartographic Product for her map of Fairfax County featuring local attractions to be framed in Chairman Bulova’s office. This map was also won People’s Choice for Best Overall Map.
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Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
Holiday Break for e-ffordable.org
There will not be an edition of e-ffordable published over the holidays. The next edition will appear January 8, 2010. Happy holidays from everyone at HCD!

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Meeting of the Board of Supervisor's Housing Committee to be Rescheduled
The November 24 meeting of the Board's Housing Committee will be rescheduled to another date. HCD will advise e-ffordable readers of the new date as soon as it is be determined.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request.  For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
The Passing of Patricio (Pat) Montiel
Patricio (Pat) Montiel, Chief, Housing Rehabilitation, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) passed away suddenly at his home early Monday morning, Nov. 16.  Pat began with the county in 1979.  After a brief break in service in 1999, he returned to HCD in 2005 to continue his service to the residents of Fairfax County.  Pat was very active and highly respected for his work in the county, especially for his commitment to reach the Latino community.  Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Non-Profit Dialogue Focuses on FY 2011 FCRHA Strategic Plan
On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, representatives of non-profit organizations and other activists gathered to provide input on the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Strategic Plan – Action Plan for FY 2011.  Staff from the Department of Housing and Community Development gave a presentation on the major trends affecting affordable housing in Fairfax County, and provided a preview of the types of activities anticipated to be included in the FY 2001 Plan.  A copy of the presentation can be found here.
It is anticipated that the draft FY 2011 Plan will be presented to the FCRHA committees for consideration and comment in December 2009, and will be brought forth for approval in January 2010. 

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Workforce Housing Shortage to Grow in the DC Area

According to a new report by the Urban Land Institute, despite lower home prices in the Washington DC metropolitan area, there is a shortage of 40,000 affordable workforce housing units near employment centers that will continue to grow until the economy improves. While the D.C. area median household income is $102,700 for a family of four, twenty-three percent of the 2 million households in the D.C metropolitan area are considered workforce households with incomes from 60 to 100 percent of the area median income. Click here to read the full story...
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Fairfax County Awards Funds to Local Non-Profits for Affordable Housing
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has awarded more than $1.7 million to seven non-profit partners for the acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing.  The funding is part of a larger allocation of $2,076,070 made available to non-profits through a Request for Proposals (RFP) and includes funds from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program, and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.  The remaining funds are still available and will be awarded to non-profits on a first-come, first serve basis until all funds are expended.Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Reminder: Fall 2009 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12
On Thursday, Nov. 12, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather to provide input on the FY 2011 Strategic Plan and the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan update and current and upcoming funding opportunities.The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 4 and 5 from 2 - 4 p.m.  RSVPs are not required for this event.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. 
For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 9 and 10.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request.  For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Opening of Public Comment Period for Five-Year Plan for FY 2010 – 2014 and Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program
Interested residents are being provided an opportunity for public comment on proposed revisions to the Five-Year Plan and Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher during the period of Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, to Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.  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. The FCRHA will conduct a public hearing at the Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 meeting.  For more information on the public notice, click here.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Fairfax County’s Partnership for Permanent Housing Program Receives NACCED Award for Excellence
Fairfax County’s Partnership for Permanent Housing Program (PPH) won the 2009 National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Award of Excellence in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program category.  Doug Lynott, Senior Program Manager at HCD,  accepted the award at the NACCED 34th Annual Community and Economic Development Conference held Tuesday October 6, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Since its launch as a pilot program in 2006, PPH has established itself as a well structured and successful model for moving homeless families into permanent housing and homeownership while creating a foundation for sustainable self-sufficiency.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Reminder: Fall 2009 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12
On Thursday, Nov. 12, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather to provide input on the FY 2011 Strategic Plan and the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan update and current and upcoming funding opportunities.

The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 4 and 5 from 2 - 4 p.m.  RSVPs are not required for this event.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. 
For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Fairfax County Wants Your Help in Planning Housing and Human Service Programs
You are invited to attend and participate in public forums/public hearings being conducted by Fairfax County to help identify housing and other human service needs to be addressed in the county’s FY 2011-2015 Five Year Consolidated Plan. The final plan will be approved by the Board of Supervisors and submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in May 2010. Three public forums will be held according to the following schedule: Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Fairfax County Housing Choice Voucher Program Earns High Performer Rating Again!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) 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 148 points out of a possible 145 points—gaining bonus points for the agency’s performance.  This 102% rating designates HCD as a high performer under the SEMAP system for FY 2009. 
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Reston Interfaith to Present Foreclosure Workshop at Virginia Housing Conference
Reston Interfaith has been selected to present a foreclosure conference session at the 2009 Virginia Housing Conference, to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 20 at the Norfolk Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Save the Date: Fall 2009 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12
On Thursday, Nov. 12, representatives from non-profit organizations and other activists are invited to gather to provide input on the FY 2011 Strategic Plan and the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan update and current and upcoming funding opportunities. The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 4 and 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. 
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. 
For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Of Note…
Paula Sampson, Director of Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has been named to the editorial board of the Housing Development Reporter (HDR). HDR is considered to be the top publication in the community development and affordable housing field.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Fairfax County Receives Fiscal Year 2010 HUD Grant Award
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Fairfax County received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of its Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and the total grant assistance of $8,953,939.  The award covers three programs:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program     $5,982,304
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program             $2,707,657 
Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program                         $   263,978
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
“ …A Community that Cared…”

Who is Kate Hanley? …I don’t know, but she must have been a part of a community that cared…,” reads the placard in the brightly colored entrance of the Kate Hanley Shelter, the newest shelter for homeless families in Fairfax County, VA.   

 This quote was the first thing that caught my eye during my recent site visit with the newly formed Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.  Nested in a middle- to upper-income neighborhood near the government center in Fairfax County, the Kate Hanley Shelter is an example of how a community that cares has come together around the issue of homelessness.   
Click here to read the full story...

Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
IMPORTANT:  Location Change of Board Housing Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 29

The Housing Committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow, Sept. 29, at 12:30 p.m., in Rooms 4 and 5 of the Government Center.  (Note: This is a new location for this meeting; the originally advertised location was Room 232 of the Government Center).

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development to Hold Pre-proposal Conference Regarding Available Funds for Non-Profits for Affordable Housing
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be hosting a pre-proposal conference on the available funding for non-profits for affordable housing at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 and 10 on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. 
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Friday, Sept. 8, 2009
Availability of Consolidated Annual Performance and Evalution Report (CAPER) FISCAL YEAR 2009
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2009. The FY 2009 CAPER evaluates the county’s use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program funds for the period from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009. Members of the public are invited to review the draft report and provide comments before the final draft is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 
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Friday, Sept. 8, 2009
Stimulus Funds at Work on FCRHA Properties

In spring 2009, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the renovation and modernization of the county’s Public Housing properties.  These funds are now at work at several Public Housing properties.  Properties currently under renovation include Robinson Square (Braddock District) where work includes the replacement of siding and trim with a product that is impervious to termites is fireproof and will not need regular painting. New roofs are also being installed.  The Atrium, Lee District, is also under renovation and is receiving new roofs, exterior paint and heat pumps.Click here to read the full story...
Friday, Sept. 8, 2009
Reminder: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting - Friday, Sept. 25
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference rooms 9 and 10.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call 703.246.5101 or TTY 703.385.3578. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make arrangements.

Friday, Sept. 8, 2009
Save the Date: Fall 2009 Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21
Topics: Federal Program Wait List Administration Policies and Practices;
Neighborhood Stablization Program Update and other Funding Opportunities

The next Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  No pre-registration is requred.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. 
For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578.  

Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
HUD Approves Fairfax County Plan for Homelessness-Related Stimulus Funds
New Federal Dollars Provide Kick-Start for County Plan to End Homelessness
On July 21, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified Fairfax County that it had approved the county’s plan to use $2.4 million in federal stimulus funds, under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).  The HPRP, as authorized under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and implemented in Fairfax County, will include two major components of services that are integral to the community’s approved Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Ten Years:  Prevention Services, and Rapid Re-Housing Services.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
Permanent Financing Approved for Wedgewood Apartments:
Bonds Sold on August 4

Using a creative structure, the FCRHA and the county have successfully completed the permanent financing of Wedgewood Apartments in the Braddock district. The financing will result in $4 million being returned annually to the county to be used for affordable housing or other purposes.

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized the issuance and competitive sale of $94 million of Government Bonds (the Bonds) to provide permanent financing for Wedgewood Apartments (Braddock District).  The FCRHA also authorized the reallocation of $1,900,000 from Housing Trust Fund and $9,842,000 from the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund to pay down the interim financing of $104,105,000 which matures October 1, 2009.  Another $2,500,000 was also provided from Wedgewood net operating income.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
FCRHA Elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) elected Ronald F. Christian, Braddock District, and Elisabeth Lardner, Mount Vernon District, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, at its meeting on Thursday, July 23. 

This is Mr. Christian’s second term as Chairman of the FCRHA following seven years of service as Vice Chairman.  He is Director of the Lutheran Housing Services.  Mr. Christian has deep roots in Fairfax County, and has been involved in the community, in various active roles, for the last 30 years.  In addition to serving on the FCRHA, he is the founder and past chair of Faith Communities in Action; and a past member of the county’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council.  He has long been active in the county mission to provide decent and affordable housing to the families, seniors and disabled residents of Fairfax County.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
Board of Supervisors Approves HOME Funds for Rehabilitation Project at
Hopkins Glen
On Monday, July 13, 2009 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the reallocation of $427,764 in project funds within Fund 145, HOME Investment Partnerships Program. HOME funds will be used to pay a portion of the cost to upgrade the HVAC and plumbing systems. 

Hopkins Glen was built in 1969, and purchased by the FCRHA in 1984. The 90-unit affordable multifamily property owned by FCRHA is located off of Route 29/Lee Highway near the Merrifield intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road in the Providence district. 
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Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
Fairfax County’s Foreclosure Outreach Program Wins Ace Award
Fairfax County's Foreclosure Outreach Program has been selected for the Achievement in Consumer Education (ACE) award from the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA). The ACE award reflects the county’s innovative and effective use of consumer outreach programs in presenting foreclosure prevention and consumer education to homeowners and renters during the foreclosure crisis.
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, July 17, 2009
REMINDER: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting - Friday, Sept. 25
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference rooms 9 and 10.
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call 703.246.5101 or TTY 703.385.3578. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make arrangements.

Friday, July 17, 2009
Board of Supervisors Focuses on Affordable Housing at Retreat
On Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, the Board of Supervisors held a retreat at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon to discuss a variety of critical issues facing Fairfax County, including countywide goals and priorities pertaining to transportation, land use and affordable housing.  The Tuesday, June 30 morning session focused entirely on the county’s approach to addressing affordable housing.  The Board first reviewed and discussed the housing goals and objectives outlined in the Policy Plan element of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.  As a part of this discussion, Board members shared their thoughts on issues such as the redevelopment of older neighborhoods, providing affordable assisted living, and ensuring that affordable housing is built near the new Metrorail corridor.  There was a general agreement among Board members that the overall policy in the Plan remains valid.  The Board also discussed the need for affordable housing in the county, and directed staff to provide additional information to define the need.  The Board also reached a consensus that public resources should be directed to serving extremely low-income households earning 30 percent of the Area Median Income. 

In terms of next steps, it is anticipated that staff will provide recommendations about new approaches as well as the potential future use of the Penny for Affordable Housing Fund at a meeting of the Board Housing Committee in the fall. To view a summary of notes from the Board retreat, click here.

Friday, July 17, 2009
FCRHA Provides Financing to Preserve Strawbridge Square
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) provided $5,040,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to Wesley Strawbridge, L.P. for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 128-unit Strawbridge Square Apartments.  The project, located in the Mason District, will provide 127 affordable units for households with incomes up to 50 percent and 60 percent of the Area Median Income.  Six of the units will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities.  When completed, the property will feature upgrades in kitchens, bathrooms, Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, energy efficient appliances and other interior and exterior improvements.

Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) provided $10.5 million in debt financing for the project and $9.39 million in low income housing tax credits. 

Friday, July 17, 2009
HUD Awards FCRHA 100 Housing Choice Vouchers for the Family Unification Program
On Thursday, July 2 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of 100 Housing Choice Vouchers with $1,183,440 in funding to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority for the Family Unification Program (FUP).  The Program provides voucher assistance to families that need adequate housing to unite them with their child(ren) currently in foster car or provide stable housing for young adults exiting the foster car system.  Since 1993, FCRHA in partnership with Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS) has administered the Family Unification Program resulting in reducing the number of children in foster car and homeless children.
HUD awarded a total of 25,000 Housing Choice Vouchers to 37 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) around the nation.  To view the complete list of all 37 PHAs and the amounts each was awarded, click here.

Friday, June 12, 2009
Fairfax County Public Housing Waiting List to Close June 30, 2009
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will be closing the Public Housing Program waiting list as of June 30, 2009 until further notice.  Applicants on the waiting list prior to June 30, 2009 will remain on the list and continue to be processed, but applicants are required to update their application status any time there is a change of address or family composition.  Applications will continue to be accepted for the waiting lists for the Fairfax County Rental Program (FCRP), including multi-family and senior housing properties.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for the FCRP online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/.

Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha

Equal Housing Opportunity.

Friday, June 12, 2009
Additional NSP Funds Awarded for Non-Profit Purchase of Foreclosed Properties
Fairfax County has been awarded an additional $1,000,000 in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  These funds will be provided to county non-profits through no-interest, deferred share equity loans to purchase foreclosed properties in designated areas of need within the county for rental housing to very low income (50% or below AMI; currently, $51,350 or below for a family of four) families and persons with disabilities and special needs.  Requests for Proposals (RFP) for interested non-profits will commence in July 2009. To qualify, non-profits must meet the following criteria: 1) must be an approved 501 (c) (3) organization; 2) must have a successful track record in owning and managing real estate; and (3) must be in sound financial condition, as determined by the county. Further information on the RFP will be sent to non-profits via e-mail during the first two weeks of July.  For the selected non-profits, the anticipated Board of Supervisors approval date for funding awards is October 5, 2009.  Questions may be directed to Kehinde Powell, Community Development Coordinator, at 703-246-5117, TTY 703-385-3578.

Friday, June 12, 2009
Governor’s Housing Forum Held at Fairfax County Government Center
On Monday, June 8, Governor Kaine, along with U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner; Congressmen Frank Wolf, Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly; Northern Virginia state legislators, and more than 200 citizens gathered at the Fairfax County Government Center to discuss housing issues and proposed solutions with the community, local government officials, mortgage brokers and realtors, homebuilders and housing advocates.  The forum provided the opportunity for an exchange of information with a number of ideas brought to the attention of officials by the various attendees.  During the discussion, government officials reiterated their desire to promote action and legislation that would be effective in helping with the issue of housing. Click here to read the full story...

Friday, May 22, 2009
REMINDER:  Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting on May 29
Agenda Includes Discussion of “Penny Fund” Recommendations to Board, Presentation on the Tysons Land Use Task Force
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 29, to consider recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the future use Penny for Affordable Housing Fund.  The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in Room 232 at the Fairfax County Government Center.  (There will be no Advisory Committee meeting in June.)  Also on the agenda: Clark Tyler, Chairman of the Tysons Land Use Task Force, will make a presentation on the important work of the task force in shaping the future of “Fairfax County’s downtown." A copy of the agenda can be viewed here

Friday, May 22, 2009
FCRHA Welcomes New Dranesville Commissioner

Richard C. Sullivan has been appointed as the new Dranesville Commissioner for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).  Mr. Sullivan has a twenty-year career as a litigator with extensive experience in trial and appellate work in Virginia and jurisdictions around the country.  He possesses particular expertise in areas such as product liability, construction and real estate-related litigation, employment, intellectual property, and contract disputes.   He is a 15-year member and former chairman of the Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and a member of the Virginia Bar Association  Board of Governors, among a distinguished list of other affiliations.  Mr. Sullivan is also an active member in his community.  His service to the community includes involvement with the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission, Virginia Civics Commission, Fairfax Law Foundation Board of Directors and the Chairman’s Advisory Board, United States Institute of Peace.  He has also served as a former member of the Board of Directors for Homestretch and president of Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  Mr. Sullivan’s first meeting with the FCRHA as Dranesville Commissioner will be in June.  He is serving in the unexpired term of former Commissioner Martin Dunn, who is moving from Northern Virginia.

Friday, May 22, 2009
Three Non-profits Awarded FY 2009 Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) have approved the award of Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds under the Silver Lining Plus Foreclosure Purchase Program.  The county awarded $228,000 to Reston Interfaith Housing; $454,168 to Pathway Homes, Inc.; and $203,534 to Christian Relief Services of Virginia. Click here to read the full story...

Friday, May 22, 2009
VHDA’s “Virginia Housing Trends” Website Launched
Key Information at Your Fingertips

The Virginia Housing Development Authority’s recently-launched Virginia Housing Trends is an important resource to for the commonwealth’s affordable housing industry.  Virginia Housing Trends, which will be published periodically, provides analysis of critical demographic trends and economic and market data. The first issue, "Accommodating the Housing Needs of Generation Y", looks at the changes in the age Virginia's population – and how that population will drive housing demand. A copy of the complete "Accommodating the Housing Needs of Generation Y" report can be viewed here.  The Virginia Housing Trends page on VHDA’s web site can be reached here

Friday, April 17, 2009
Housing Related Web Sites of Interest
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Information from HUD:  http://www.hud.gov/recovery/
Beltway Burden: The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area report  by the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing: http://commerce.uli.org/misc/BeltwayBurden.pdf
Click here to read the full story...

Friday, April 17, 2009
New Fact Sheet on Penny Fund
The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has released a new “fact sheet” providing important information about the Penny for Affordable Housing fund and the county’s programs.  First reviewed by the Advisory Committee at its meeting on March 27, 2009, the fact sheet addresses such issues as:

  • How the Penny Fund leverages non-county investments in affordable housing;
  • What incomes are being served in the county’s housing programs; and
  • The importance of affordable housing to the county’s economic future.

The latest version of the fact sheet can be found on-line at this link.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Opening of Public Comment Period
Notice of Amendment to the Fairfax County Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan for FY 2009 to Incorporate Funding and Activities Under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
To all interested agencies, groups and persons:
The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for public comment on a proposed amendment to the Fairfax County Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2009 to incorporate funding and activities under the new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The HPRP was established under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  HPRP funds are resources provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The provision of this opportunity for comment is in accordance with the county’s Citizen Participation Plan for substantive amendments to the Consolidated Plan. 
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Friday, April 17, 2009
FCRHA to Host Farewell Reception for Dranesville Commissioner Martin Dunn
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will host a farewell reception for Dranesville Commissioner Marty Dunn, Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, VA.  Mr. Dunn has a distinguished career with the FCRHA and has served as the Dranesville Commissioner since 1997.  To join with the FCRHA in bidding Mr. Dunn a fond farewell, please RSVP to the Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-279-7309 by Monday April 27 or via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov. TTY: 703-385-3578

Friday, March 27, 2009
Governing Board Chair Appointed for Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End HomelessnessMichael O’Reilly, founder of the Herndon-based O’Reilly Law Firm, has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the chair of the newly formed Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in Ten Years.  Mr. O’Reilly has served with several local commissions, boards and organizations, including two consecutive terms as a member of the Herndon Town Council.  Mr. O’Reilly served as the Mayor of the Town of Herndon from 2004 to 2006. 
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Covers Wide Range of Issues
March 23 Meeting Included ULI Briefing, Review of Federal Stimulus Funds, and Foreclosures

  • "Beltway Burden" report:  The committee received a briefing on the new report from the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing titled “Beltway Burden: The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.” Led by Michael Pitchford, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and co-chair of the DC Steering Committee for Terwilliger Center, the briefing highlighted the findings of the report as they relate to Fairfax County, and included a demonstration of the on-line calculator developed as part of the report which can be used to provide housing and transportation cost estimates for current and potential residents of the area.

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Friday, March 27, 2009
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in partnership with The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance has announced that they will provide six scholarships for non-profit housing development partners working in Fairfax County to attend an upcoming affordable housing finance educational conference and training. 

The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), in cooperation with George Mason University, will be offering certification and continuing education units (CEU) for completion of specialized training in affordable housing finance.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, April 16 – 18.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
HCD Business Process Improvements a National Model
Financial Management Division to be Highlighted by Influential Newsletter, Considered for National Award
The Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) will highlight business process improvements implemented by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as a national best practice in an article published in the GFOA Treasury Management newsletter on Friday, April 3. Fairfax County will also be considered for the national GFOA Award for Excellence. Selected award recipients will be notified in May. 
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Foreclosures in Fairfax County Decline
For the first time in 11 months, the number of net, bank-owned foreclosures in Fairfax County fell below 2,000 in February.  Though still higher than previous years, the latest numbers reflect 1,723 properties in foreclosure, down from 2,008 at the end of December 2008.  This marks a five-month decline since September in the county’s foreclosure rate.  The change is comprised of 794 properties coming out of foreclosure (re-sold by the lender to a new owner), partially offset by 509 additional properties added to the foreclosure list.  On average through February, properties that have been re-sold were generally in active foreclosure status (deed in the name of the lender) for approximately 4 months.  

Friday, March 27, 2009
Fannie Mae Announces REO Program for Non-Profits and Public Entities
Fannie Mae has announced a program designed to move foreclosed homes from their portfolio back into the homeownership or rental stock with the help of non-profit and public entities.  The Fannie program fits nicely with the rules and requirements of the new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Fairfax County has been awarded $2.8 million in NSP funds and is making $1 million available directly to non-profits.  The Fannie REO program will sell “pools” of foreclosed homes – usually a minimum of 10—to states and localities as well as non-profits. The program claims to offer an expedited sales process and a 15% discount.  HCD is not endorsing this program, but simply making the information available to our non-profit partners.  For more information on the program, click here. For a list of Fannie Mae contacts, click here.

Friday, March 13, 2009
FAIRFAX COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)       
Silver Lining Plus Foreclosure Purchase Program for Non-Profits
The Fairfax County Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces the availability of $1,000,000 in funds under the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to address the current foreclosure problem and help stabilize impacted neighborhoods in Fairfax County. This is a request for proposals for acquisition and rehabilitation projects only. Service and housing administrations proposals will not be accepted. Properties must be acquired within designated areas of greatest need as identified in the RFP. Funding may be provided to non-profits to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed properties for the purpose of providing rental housing for low-income households at 50% or below Area Median Income (AMI). Funding will be provided in the form of deferred, no interest loans. Cost recovery allowances are allowed up to $10,000 in the form of grants. Additional funds are available for rehabilitation under the Home Improvement Loan Program. 
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Public Hearing on Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2010
The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to a public hearing that will be held on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia, on the Proposed Consolidated Plan One –Year Action Plan for FY 2010.
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Federal Stimulus Provides Significant Affordable Housing Resources
to Fairfax County

Public Housing Modernization, CDBG, Homelessness Receive Direct Allocations
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 includes a number of affordable housing-related provisions which will both directly provide funding to Fairfax County and provide opportunities for the county to compete for significant additional resources.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that Fairfax County will receive the following direct affordable housing stimulus allocations:
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Reminder: Olley Glen Senior Living Facility Groundbreaking, March 11

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will break ground on its eighth senior living facility, Olley Glen, on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at The Glens at Little River, 4001 Barker Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22032.  Parking is available at Little River Glen and Braddock Glen.  Please RSVP by Friday, March 6 to Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone at 703-279-7309, TTY: 703.385.3578.
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call 703.246.5101 or TTY 703.385.3578. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make arrangements.

Friday, March 6, 2009
New Foreclosure Prevention Resources Available to Community Organizations, Prevention Counselors and Others
There are new resources related to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization that can be used by community organizations, prevention counselors and others who are assisting households facing foreclosure. 

HousingPolicy.org Forum
The HousingPolicy.org Forum is a place to pose questions, exchange ideas and learn from the experience and expertise of others. This section of the site features interactive forums organized around policy areas including: Inclusionary Zoning, Rental Housing Preservation, Shared Equity Homeownership, Foreclosure Prevention, and Neighborhood Stabilization. New topics will be added in the future.

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Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
Workshop for Non-Profits: Applying for Neighborhood Stabilization Funds
As part of the Dialogue with Non-profit series, the Fairfax County Department of Housing
and Community Development (HCD) will hold a special workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. to provide information to non-profits on the application process for the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds recently awarded to Fairfax County.  The event will beheld at the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) main office located at 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 in the first floor HCD Center.  Interested attendees are requested to RSVP to HCD’s Public Affairs Unit via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone 703-246-5006, TTY 703-385-3578.  Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 23.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County
programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call 703.246.5101 or TTY 703.385.3578. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make arrangements.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
Save the Date: Olley Glen Senior Living Facility Groundbreaking, March 11
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will break ground on its eighth senior living facility, Olley Glen, on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at The Glens at Little River, 4001 Barker Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22032.  Parking is available at Little River Glen and Braddock Glen.  Please RSVP to Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) via e-mail at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov or by phone at 703-279-7309, TTY: 703.385.3578.
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Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
COG to Hold “Green” Jobs and Affordable Housing Event March 3
On Tuesday, March 3 the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments will be holding its Green Affordable Housing and Jobs Forum at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, located at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20004. The event will run from 8:15 a.m.—4 p.m. and will feature a host of informative and engaging panel discussions on the topic of green affordable housing, followed by a reception network. Registrations can be made online by clicking here.

Monday, February 2, 2009
FCRHA Honors Louise Milder On Her Retirement
At its January meeting, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) recognized Louise Milder, Associate Director of Real Estate Finance, HCD, for her sixteen years of service to the FCRHA and the citizens of Fairfax County. Throughout her career, Louise Milder has worked diligently to assist in the production, acquisition and preservation of affordable housing for Fairfax County low and moderate income families including playing a critical role in developing financing packages for such properties as Stonegate Village Apartments and Crescent Apartments (Hunter Mill District); Murraygate Village Apartments (Lee District); and Wedgewood Apartments (Braddock District).
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Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
HUD Approves $2.8 Million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds
for Fairfax County

On Friday, Jan. 30, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the plan from Fairfax County and awarded $2,807,300 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to assist the county in addressing the high foreclosure rate and declining home values in certain areas of the county. 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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Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
Your Voice Counts
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD)
will be conducting input sessions related to the administration of the Affordable Housing and Special Needs Housing Program in late January and early February 2009.  VDHCD would like your input, and developers will meet to survey and share their opinions on the effectiveness and impact of the program.  The AHP/SNH Program provides funding to current and potential housing developers working with VDHCD to produce affordable housing units for low income Virginians and affordable housing units for special needs populations (older adults, and individuals with disabilities and/or experiencing chronic homelessness). 
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Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
FCRHA Adopts FY 2010 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in High-Priority Strategic Areas
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its FY 2010 Strategic Plan-Action Plan at its meeting on Thursday, January 22, covering July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, pending final action by the Board of Supervisors on the County budget plan in April 2009. 
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Friday, January 9, 2009
Reminder: Non-profit Dialogue Set for Jan. 16, 2009
Opportunity to Provide Input on Application Process for Federal Foreclosure Funds Added to the Agenda
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will host a Non-profit Dialogue event on Friday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Rooms 2 and 3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.  As previously announced, the agenda for the meeting includes a discussion of the draft Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Strategic Plan-Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2010. Click here to read the full story...

Friday, January 9, 2009
2009 Virginia General Assembly Session Set to Begin
On-line System an Easy Way to Track Progress of Bills
The 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009.  The Commonwealth provides a fast and easy way to learn about and track the progress of bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate.  The web-based Legislative Information System can search for bills by topic, bill number and sponsor, and provides a summary and the full text of the bill, and tracks the legislation’s progress.  The Legislative Information System can be accessed by using the following link:  http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+men+BIL

 

 

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