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Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010
SPECIAL ALERT:  First Addendum to Bridging Affordability RFP Released
Fairfax County Dept. of Purchasing and Supply Management has released the first addendum to the Bridging Affordability Request for Proposals (RFP).  The addendum can be found online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on Addendum #1 under the Bridging Affordability section of the page.  (Note: The addendum is in PDF format and may take a moment to load.)  This first addendum to the solicitation responds to questions received before and during the December 9 pre-proposal conference. 
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Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Fairfax County Hosts Tysons Workforce Housing Summit
Fairfax County, in partnership with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing hosted a Workforce Housing Summit on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Capital One Financial Corporation in Tysons Corner to discuss the workforce housing component of the Tysons plan, and its importance to the overall success of the Tysons redevelopment. The summit included an introduction by Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, followed by a panel discussion of nationally renowned developers, moderated by Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
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Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Good News:  Bridging Affordability RFP Released
Proposals Due Thursday, Feb. 3.
Fairfax County has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the “Bridging Affordability” Program.  The solicitation can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on BID NUMBER: RFP11-197170-31.  (Note: The solicitation is in PDF format and may take extra time to load.)
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Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Reminder: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17, 9:30 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. 10, 2010
State Housing Policy Work Group Issues Interim Report to Governor
As part of the 2010 Governor’s Housing Conference, the State Housing Policy Work Group issued its interim report to Governor McDonnell on Thursday, Nov.18. The report, which can be found at www.virginiahousingpolicy.com, details the interim recommendations of the work group, which include:

  • Recognize the role of the housing industry as a vital economic development engine within the Commonwealth;
  • Promote sustainable and vibrant communities;
  • Ensure the provision of a range of housing options; and
  • Prevent and reduce homelessness in the Commonwealth.

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Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
SPECIAL ALERT:  Bridging Affordability Program RFP Released
Pre-proposal Conference on Dec. 9; Proposals Due Feb. 3, 2011

Fairfax County has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the “Bridging Affordability” Program.  The solicitation can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on BID NUMBER: RFP11-197170-31.  (Note: The solicitation is in PDF format and may take extra time to load.)
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Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving from HCD
The Department of Housing and Community Development would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!  The next edition of e-ffordable will be on Friday, Dec. 10.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
FCRHA Seeking Potential Partners to Compete for Housing Choice Vouchers for Homeless Veterans

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is seeking partners to pursue an application for up to 35 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The vouchers provide subsidies for housing rented to homeless veterans and their families referred and receiving case management and supportive service from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).  In order to submit an application to HUD, partners must be identified and committed should the funds be awarded. The selection of a proposal is conditional and subject to the successful award of funding in response to the FCRHA’s application to HUD for available set-aside funding for Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) project-based vouchers.
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Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
The Planned Residences at Government Center Receives Joint Recognition
The Residences at the Government Center, a unique public/private development venture between Fairfax County and the Jefferson Apartment Group, received joint recognition by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing for its innovative approach to providing workforce housing.

The Washington Smart Growth Alliance is a partnership among seven diverse regional organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Enterprise Community Partners, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Builders’ Council, ULI Washington and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.  The Smart and Sustainable Growth Recognition provides a way for environmental and civic organizations to support development that is good for community and good for the environment. 
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Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
Two Fairfax Area Businesses Awarded with 2010 Disability Employer of the Year Awards
The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board presented Best Buy and the Companion Animal Clinic of Fairfax with the Martha Glennan 2010 Employer of the Year Award on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The Companion Animal Clinic of Fairfax, a part of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Associates (NVVA), was presented with the small business award. Best Buy received the large business award for proactive hiring practices and its policies to help employees with disabilities, including offering health insurance that covers hearing aids and ergonomic assessments.

Each year, the Martha Glennan awards are presented to local businesses in the Fairfax area that encourage inclusion in their workforce and provide excellent customer service to people with disabilities. The award is named after Martha Glennan, who was the first chairperson of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board in 1992 and was a disability activist. The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board’s 15 members are appointed by elected officials of Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax. 
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
FCRHA Proposed Revisions to the Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program Available for Public Comment
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) invites all interested residents to review and comment on the proposed revisions to the Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher for Fiscal Year 2011 (FCHRA Fiscal Year 2012) 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. Click here to read the full notice...

Friday, Oct. 22, 2010
First Resident Moves into Olley Glen
Residents have begun moving into Olley Glen Senior Residences, a new 90-unit affordable apartment community adjacent the FCRHA’s Little River Glen and Braddock Glen properties in Fairfax.  Mr. Edward Kanka was the very first resident to move in on Thursday, Oct. 14. Olley Glen offers affordable rents, which include utilities (except cable), a beautifully landscaped courtyard, washer and dryer in each unit, and universal design features throughout the property to enable aging in place. Click here to read the full article...

Friday, Oct. 22, 2010
CCFAC’s Annual Public Hearing - Nov. 9

The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to a public hearing that is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Rooms 9 & 10, 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 2012 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. 22, 2010
Non-Profit Grant Opportunity: Transurban-Fluor Capital Beltway HOT Lanes Community Grant Program
The Transurban and Fluor Capital Beltway Community Grant Program, launched in 2009, supports organizations that serve communities adjacent to and most affected by the construction of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project, which extends along the Capital Beltway (I-495), from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road.  The goal of the grant program is to promote safety, protect the environment, and support the economic development or well-being of communities directly impacted by HOT lanes construction.  Non-profit organizations may apply.  Grant program sponsorship levels range from $250 – 5,000.  Grants are awarded quarterly. The next deadline for applications is Thursday, Dec. 30.

For more information on the Capital Beltway Community Grant Program, please visit: http://www.virginiahotlanes.com/grants/.

Friday, Oct. 22, 2010
Olley Glen and Other County Construction Activities Earn Exceptional Ratings from HUD


Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has received 95% and 100% on a review from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the agency’s Federal labor standards administration and enforcement in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. HUD examined documents concerning construction activities and included certified payrolls, employee interviews, assessment sheets, wage decisions, and semi-annual Labor Standards Enforcement Reports.  Five construction projects were reviewed including Olley Glen Senior Residences (95%), 7-Corners playground, Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) playground, Bryant Center playground and the Reston Museum all receiving 100% ratings. Each project involved use of federal funds.
Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
HCD Earns High Performer Rating in SEMAP for Housing Choice Voucher Program
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 2010. 

SEMAP is used by HUD to measure housing agency performance in key areas of the Section 8 tenant-based programs.  SEMAP assesses housing agency performance on 14 key indicators including selection procedures, timeliness of recertifications, timing of housing inspections, enforcement of housing quality standards, policies and practices for determinates of rent reasonableness, rate of program lease-up, family self-sufficiency and other related areas. 
Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
Extension of Public Comment Period on Fairfax County Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments
for the Fiscal Years 2011-2015 Consolidated Plan
The public comment period for the Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments (AI) is being extended through Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m.  The AI provides an overview of the fair housing situation in Fairfax County, with findings and recommendations to overcome the effects of identified impediments and a comprehensive review of a jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures, and practices and an assessment of how this affects the location, availability, and accessibility of housing.  The AI is planned to be provided to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Copies of the document are available for review online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha, at the Citizen Information Desk located on the lobby level of the Government Center, and at the information desk of all branches of the Fairfax County Public Library system and at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.  Citizens wishing to comment may do so by writing to the attention of Savi Singh, Administrative Assistant, Grants Management, HCD, at the address above or via e-mail at savi.singh@fairfaxcounty.gov. For additional information on the Fair Housing AI for Fiscal Years 2011-2015, contact HCD at 703-246-5170, TTY:  703-385-3578.   

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
HUD Approves Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2011 and Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2011 – 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2011 and the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2011 – 2015. The final plans were approved by the Board of Supervisors and submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in May 2010.
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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
State Housing Policy, Foreclosure Information Now Available on e-ffordable.org
At its meeting on Friday, Sept. 24, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee requested that information related to the work of the State Housing Policy Work Group be posted to e-ffordable.org; those items are now available at:  http://www.e-ffordable.org/articles/9-24-2010 follow-up items.htm.  The official website for the Work Group is http://www.virginiahousingpolicy.com/.

Click here to view the Virginia Foreclosure Prevention Task Force website.

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meetings to Begin at 9:30 AM
As agreed to by the Advisory Committee at its Friday, Sept.  24 meeting, all future Advisory Committee meetings will begin at 9:30 AMThe meetings will continue to take place at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 9 and 10.

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Public Comment Period on Fairfax County Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments for the Fiscal Years 2011-2015 Consolidated Plan
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a draft Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments (AI) associated with the Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2015, which is now available for public comment.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take action regarding endorsing the AI at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. The AI provides an overview of the fair housing situation in the county, with findings and recommendations to overcome the effects of identified impediments.  The AI also provides a comprehensive review of a jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures, and practices and an assessment of how this affects the location, availability, and accessibility of housing.  In addition, the AI assesses how conditions, both private and public, affect fair housing choice.
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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Homeownership Success Story – Lila Lai
Lila Lai is one of the success stories of the Fairfax County’s "Silver Lining" Program, who was able to achieve her goal of homeownership through a unique public private partnership between Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), a local community broker and the Fannie Mae First Look Program. By utilizing HCD’s various programs including the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program, and Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP), Lila was able to achieve her goal and is now a proud homeowner of a townhouse in the Sully District.
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Friday, Sept. 17, 2010
September 24 Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting to Begin at 9:30 AM
Per Co-Chairmen Conrad Egan and Jim Scott, the Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 meeting of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will begin at 9:30 AMThe meeting will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
FCRHA Earns Exceptional Ratings for the Condition of Its Properties
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has been awarded exceptional Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) ratings from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for its Public Housing units.  The overall score for FCRHA-owned Public Housing properties was 95, and some properties scored as high as 99 out of a possible 100. The high ratings exemplify FCRHA’s commitment to maintaining and preserving its properties as one of its highest priorities.

REAC is used by HUD to assess the physical condition of Public Housing properties of housing authorities across the nation to ensure they can provide safe and decent housing for tenants.  Annually, each property is inspected and scored on physical condition and appearance of the property site, building exterior, building systems, common areas, and units.

Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
Availability of FY 2010 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2010.  The FY 2010 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, 2009, through June 30, 2010.  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).  Copies of the draft FY 2010 CAPER will be available and comments will be received through Friday, Sept. 24 at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The report will also be available for this same period of time at the following Fairfax County Public Libraries: Reston Regional, Centreville Regional, Sherwood Hall Regional, and Patrick Henry Regional.  The document will also be available online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/fy2010caper.htm. 
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Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
Additional $6 Million in Foreclosure Funds Awarded for Virginia
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of $5,000,000 to Virginia and an additional $1,254,970 to the City of Richmond through its Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) on Wednesday, Sept. 8.  The awards were made under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which has provided an additional $1 billion nationwide in a third round of NSP funding (NSP-3) for all states, some counties, and some local communities. 

The NSP-3 funding for counties and local communities was restricted to the 20% most distressed areas identified by formula based on percentages and severity of foreclosures, subprime mortgage financings, mortgage delinquencies, housing price declines, unemployment increases and high cost loan rates. Richmond is the only local Virginia community to receive NSP-3 funding.

Fairfax County has received a total of $3.8 million in NSP funds in prior funding rounds directly from HUD as well as from prior state allocations.

Monday, Aug. 2, 2010
“e-ffordable.org” Newsletter Takes a Summer Break
Next e-ffordable.org Newsletter in September
The e-ffordable.org e-newsletter will resume publication in September. In the event that breaking news occurs, a special issue of the newsletter will be published. If you have any questions, please contact Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-246-5260 TTY: 703-385-3578 or e-mail rha@fairfaxcounty.gov. Have a great summer!

Friday, July 2, 2010
Board of Supervisors Adopts Plan Amendment for Tysons Corner
Fairfax County’s “Downtown” to Include 20 Percent Affordable/Workforce Housing
On June 22, 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted an amendment to its land use Comprehensive Plan that will guide the transformation of Tysons Corner into a walkable, green urban center by 2050.  
This groundbreaking action reaffirmed and expanded the Board’s efforts to foster the development of affordable, workforce housing in the county:
  • Affordable unit expectation:  In total, 20 percent of new residential units must be set aside as work force or affordable housing. This requirement surpasses the county’s current countywide policy of 12 percent. This housing will be made available to households earning between 50 to 120 percent of the area median income. Click here to read the full article...
Friday, July 2, 2010
HCD Participates in “Cash Counts” Foreclosure Fair

On Saturday, June 19, the “Cash Counts” Foreclosure Fair & Family Finance Expo was held at the Fairfax County Government Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The free event was hosted by Fairfax County as a part of the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope).  Lenders, personal finance experts, banks, consumer protection agencies, and community-based groups offered tools and expertise to expertise to impart knowledge to attendees on rebuilding after a financial crisis or recovering from mortgage distress. At the opening breakfast, speakers included:Congressman Gerry Connolly, 11th District of Virginia, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Executive Director Christine Todd and Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, HCD Director Paula C. Sampson, and DFS Director Nannette Bowler.
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Friday, July 2, 2010
FCRHA Authorizes Additional Funds to Homestretch, Inc.
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved loans of up to $270,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to Homestretch, Inc., a Falls Church-based non-profit. In addition, in April 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the NSP program that allowed additional NSP funds to be allocated to non-profits, of which Homestretch received funding of $109,370.  These funds resulted in Homestretch acquiring and rehabilitating three foreclosed homes located in Annandale and Falls Church.  Homestretch will use these homes to provide transitional housing for homeless individuals.

Homestretch, inc. provides transitional housing and supportive services with the goal of providing education and resources that will enable homeless families to become self-sufficient and live independently.  Since April 2004, the FCRHA has assisted Homestretch in acquiring 25 units using a variety of funding sources.

Friday, June 25, 2010
SPECIAL EDITION OF E-FFORDABLE.ORG
Governor's Housing Policy Committee Housing Survey

Comments Due Friday, July 9
On Friday, April 30, Governor McDonnell issued Executive Order 10, which established Virginia's first executive housing policy committee. This committee will guide the development of a statewide housing policy to be announced in the fall. 
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Friday, June 4, 2010
“e-ffordable.org” Summer Schedule

For summer of 2010, the e-ffordable.org e-newsletter will be published monthly on the first Friday in June, July, and August. In the event that breaking news occurs, a special issue of the newsletter will be published. If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Norvell, Director of Public Affairs at 703-246-5104 TTY: 703-385-3578. Have a great summer!

Friday, June 4, 2010
HCD Recognized With Two National Awards
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has received two 2010 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The awards recognize the Tenant Collection and Cash Management Process and the successful Partnership for Permanent Housing (PPH) Program. 

NAHRO’s Award of Merit is designed to give national recognition to innovative housing and community development projects, programs, and services provided by NAHRO agency members throughout the country; to provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and to create a resource bank of information on significant innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments.
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Former FCRHA Chair, Current Hunter Mill FCRHA Commissioner Named to Prestigious State Housing Panel

Conrad Egan and Richard Kennedy Appointed to State Housing Policy Work Group

On May 26, 2010, former Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) chairman Conrad Egan, and current Hunter Mill District FCRHA Commissioner, Richard Kennedy, were named to the state's new Housing Policy Work Group.  The work group, which will meet several times between mid-June and late September, is charged with developing broad goals and direction related to housing policy for the Commonwealth. 

The work of the Housing Policy Work Group will be guided by the policy principles outlined by Governor Robert F. McDonnell in Executive Order No. 10 (2010), Housing Policy Framework of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The executive order can be found on-line at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/Issues/ExecutiveOrders/2010/EO-10.cfm

Friday, June 4, 2010
Planning Commission Recommendation Supports Affordable and Workforce Housing in Tysons Corner
At the end of May, the Fairfax County Planning Commission approved a recommendation for a Comprehensive Plan amendment for Tysons Corner that supports the provision of 20 percent affordable housing and workforce housing units in the development of Tysons.  The language of the amendment also supports housing for those with special needs including homeless households and a monetary contribution to affordable housing from non-residential development in the area.

The proposed amendment will go before the Board of Supervisors for a public hearing on June 22.  A copy of the Tysons Corner Urban Center Area-wide Recommendations, from the Planning Commission can be viewed here.  (Affordable and workforce housing is addressed beginning on page 36).

Friday, May 21, 2010
e-ffordable.org Special Edition
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Materials Now Available
May 18 Discussion Focused on “Bridging Affordability” Program, Homeless Point-in-Time Survey
On Tuesday, May 18, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee discussed a wide variety of topics, including the proposed design of the “Bridging Affordability” program, the 2010 Homeless Point-in-Time Survey, and the status of the county’s affordable housing-related federal stimulus funding.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Board of Supervisors Housing Committee to Meet May 18
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee will meet Tuesday, May 18, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax in conference rooms 9 and 10.
Agenda items include:

  • “Bridging Affordability:” Proposed Program Description and Project Selection Criteria
  • Report on the Point-in-Time Survey
  • Service Support for the Unsheltered
  • Updated Efforts to Encourage Development of Residential Studio Units
  • Update on Federal Stimulus Funding Related to Housing

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. 

Non-Profit Dialogue Materials Now Available
The materials from the May 3 Non-Profit Dialogue hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development are now available.  Please see links below.

“Bridging Affordability” Program Presentation

“Bridging Affordability” Program Overview Matrix

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Fleetwood, Strategic Planner, Department of Housing and Community Development, at 703-246-5103, TTY: 703-385-3578.

HCD in the Community: Living the Mission

Through its mission, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is dedicated to creating and preserving affordable housing and caring, livable communities; serving the diverse needs of Fairfax County’s residents through innovative programs, partnerships and effective stewardship; and fostering a respectful, supportive workplace.

HCD would like to take a moment to thank its community partners for recognizing the efforts of staff.  Below is a letter received by our agency commending Ms. Agnes Bizzell Colden, Lead Housing Services Specialist.

It is with great delight that I write today in gratitude and recognition of Agnes Bizzell-Colden’s great contributions.   Ms. Bizzell-Colden conducted a thorough and informative training to Shelter House staff on the housing voucher process in Fairfax County.   In addition to providing us with handouts, Ms. Bizzell-Colden took the time to insert her own notes into the documents in order to provide staff with further information to better complete the paperwork.   She made herself available to answer numerous questions from staff, and has also promptly and professionally followed up with staff members who have had additional questions.  

Howard Zinn said, “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.”

Ms. Bizzell-Colden’s passion and commitment is obvious and extensive.   She creates in others a capacity to “behave magnificently” and inspires us to greater service.  

Thank you for making her presentation at Shelter House possible, and thank you for all the ways that the Fairfax County Department of Housing is helping to end homelessness in new ways.

With gratitude and joy,
Laura Martin
Director, Patrick Henry Family Shelter and Transitional Housing  

Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring 2010 Non-Profit Dialogue Scheduled for Monday, May 3
Topics include: New Bridging Affordability Program

On Monday, May 3, representatives from non-profit organizations and other advocates are invited to a Non-Profit Dialogue hosted by Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 4 and 5 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Planned topics of discussion include Residential Studio Units (RSU's) and the Bridging Affordability Program.

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.

Board of Supervisors Funds Urgent “Housing Blueprint” Priorities in FY 2011 Budget
“Bridging Affordability” Program, North Hill, Senior Housing to Receive Critical Investments

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget, which includes funding for the most urgent priorities identified in the Housing Blueprint.  $4 million in available operating revenues from Wedgewood to fund the Blueprint’s new “Bridging Affordability” program. In addition, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) adopted by the Board includes the following capital projects: Lincolnia and Lewinsville senior housing properties, in the Mason and Dranesville Districts, respectively as well as for the development of 67 units of affordable housing at the Residences of North Hill Park in the Mount Vernon District.

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New State Housing Policy Announced

On Wednesday, April 28, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the establishment of Virginia’s first executive housing policy framework, intended to guide the development of a housing policy designed to reduce homelessness and expand affordable housing in the Commonwealth.  In addition to affordable housing, the policy will also address workforce housing, economic development, healthy neighborhoods, effective coordination of transportation, environmental issues and other opportunities.

The Governor also announced the formation of the Housing Policy Advisory Committee, chaired by Bob Sledd, Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor, and to be comprised of representatives from state government, private industry groups, local governments, and nonprofit housing providers and consumer representatives.

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Robert Schwaninger Reappointed as Mason District Commissioner to the FCRHA

On Tuesday, April 27, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed Robert Schwaninger as Commissioner to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) for the Mason District.  Mr. Schwaninger first became involved in Mason District community activities in 2001 by joining with his neighbors to participate informally in local land issues.  Through his involvement, he found that shaping the future of Mason District was an ongoing process, requiring community involvement at various levels.  In 2005 he accepted the position of Chairman of the Area Plan task force, taking on the responsibility of guiding the Task Force to provide a forum for citizens to offer all levels of input related to future land development throughout the District.  He was first appointed to the FCRHA in July 2006 and is the current chairman of the FCRHA’s Finance Committee.  The term of FCRHA commissioners is four years.

Mr. Schwaninger Jr. is an attorney and president of the law firm of Schwaninger & Associates.

HCD Staff Recognized for Efforts on Foreclosure Prevention Outreach

Kathy Jones, Lead Housing Services Specialist with the Homeownership Division of the Department of Housing and Community Development, was recognized with a 2010 Award of Excellence by the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors for her efforts in developing Fairfax County’s Foreclosure Prevention Outreach Program.

Fairfax County’s Foreclosure Outreach Program is presented through a partnership between the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), Department of Consumer Affairs and Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  Ms. Jones played a lead role in developing the presentation and program and expanding the program into the community. 

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HCD Director Appointed to Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB)

Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director, Paula C. Sampson, was recently appointed to the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB). Ms. Sampson noted that “there is tremendous potential in aligning the job training and job referral services of the NVWIB with the self-sufficiency and career development needs of Public Housing and other low income residents of FCRHA housing.”

The goal of the NVWIB is to promote long-term job growth and a competitive workforce in Northern Virginia by providing businesses with highly skilled workers and job seekers with valuable tools and resources for successful employment. 

The NVWIB is comprised of an integrated network of public and private sector partners, which provide oversight to the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park.

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Public Hearing on Housing Plans is April 27
News Highlights  

  • Comments encouraged on proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2011 - 2015 and proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2011.
  • Proposed plans available for review online.
  • To register to speak at the public hearing, call 703-324-3151 (TTY 703-324-3903).
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Save the Date: Spring 2010 Non-Profit Dialogue Scheduled for Monday, May 3
On Monday, May 3, representatives from non-profit organizations and other advocates are invited to a Non-Profit Dialogue hosted by Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 4 and 5 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Planned topics of discussion include Residential Studio Units (RSU's) and the Bridging Affordability Program.

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, April 16, 2010
HUD Announces NSP Revisions

On Thursday, April 1, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced important changes to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in an effort to increase the flexibility of funds for purchasing and rehabilitating foreclosed and abandoned properties. HUD has redefined the terms “foreclosed” to now include properties in default; and the term “abandoned” will now include homes with code violations. The new changes will help communities acquire, rehabilitate and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned properties under the NSP program as well as provide relief to prospective grantees in meeting the 18-month deadline.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development's FY 2010 Affordable Housing Request for Proposals (RFP)
Deadline to Apply for Funding: 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2010
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces the availability of funds of up to a total of $427,345 under the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program.
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

Per Co-Chairmen Conrad Egan and Jim Scott, the Friday, March 26, 2010 meeting of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has been cancelled

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday,  June 25, 2010, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, rooms 9 and 10.

Friday, March 12, 2010
Funding Alert: Webinar March 17 by Community Foundation for National Capital Region

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region will be accepting applications for funding for the Neighbors in Need Fund Safety-Net/Direct Services Request for Proposals (RFP).  In spring 2010, the Fund will award grants of up to $25,000 to non-profit service organizations that assist low-income children and adults meet basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, emergency financial assistance, prescription and foreclosure prevention. Priority will be given to organizations experiencing an increase in demand for service (within the past 12-24 months) as a result of the economic crisis. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 4 p.m. For further information on proposal guidelines and application materials, click here.

In addition, a grant seeker information webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. for organizations interested in applying to the Neighbors in Need Fund Safety-Net/Direct Services Request for Proposals (RFP). To register for the webinar, please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lt75ebv54xkn.

Friday, March 5, 2010
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Virginia Senate Refers Housing Fund Bill to Housing Commission for Study
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, the Virginia Senate’s Local Government Committee “passed by” House Bill 960, which would have provided explicit authority for localities that have not already done so to establish local housing funds for the purpose of making grants and loans.  The bill was referred for study by the Virginia Housing Commission. 
As reported on e-ffordable.org on Wednesday, Feb. 24, a potential amendment to the bill would have prevented localities from using voluntary cash contributions, or “proffers,” received through the land use rezoning process to capitalize their housing funds.  This amended version of the bill could have stopped Fairfax County from using cash proffers for its Housing Trust Fund.  The language concerning cash proffers was not included in the final version of the bill passed by in the Senate. 

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
Developing the “Housing Blueprint”: A Model of Collaboration
Non-Profits, Advocates Worked Together to Realize Board Policy Vision
The endorsement of the “Housing Blueprint” by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in late January was the culmination of a months-long collaborative process led by the Department of Housing and Community Development, working with other county agencies, non-profit housing and social service providers and advocates.  This process was a model of effective community policy-making, which produced a consensus for a new direction in Fairfax County’s affordable housing efforts. 
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Friday, Feb. 24, 2010
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Virginia Senate Considering Critical Change to Cash Proffers for Affordable Housing
A committee of the Virginia Senate is now considering an important change to pending legislation concerning local housing funds which could have a significant negative impact on affordable housing in Fairfax County.  The version of House Bill 960, which is expected to be acted on by the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday, March 2, provides explicit authority for localities that have not already done so to establish local housing  funds  for the purpose of making grants and loans.  However, the amended version of the bill now being debated would prohibit the use of voluntary cash contributions, or proffers, received via the land use (rezoning) process to provide capital for such  housing funds and could prohibit the use of cash proffers in already established housing funds, such as Fairfax County's Housing Trust Fund. 
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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Board of Supervisors Endorses “Housing Blueprint”
New Policy Focuses on Homeless, Special Needs, Reducing Waiting Lists, Workforce Housing
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally endorsed the “Housing Blueprint”, a comprehensive new affordable housing policy developed collaboratively by county agencies, advocates and non-profit organizations.
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Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Housing Blueprint

Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, Chair of the Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors, plans to bring the “Housing Blueprint” to the Board for its endorsement on Tuesday, Jan. 26.  The Blueprint is an outgrowth of the Board’s discussion at its summer retreat and its desire to shift the emphasis in housing policy from the preservation of affordable housing to serving those with the greatest need and other priority areas. The Blueprint was widely supported by over 20 housing advocates and providers.  Click here for a draft summary of the Blueprint.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Pathway Homes Acquires Three Units With NSP Funds
Pathway Homes, Inc., a local non-profit that was awarded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds in 2009, has recently closed on three units acquired using the NSP funds. Located in the Fairfax County portion of Alexandria, VA, these three units will give Pathway Homes the ability to provide affordable rental housing and comprehensive supportive services to nine adults that are diagnosed with serious mental illness/and or substance abuse. As a part of a five-unit commitment, the remaining two units are expected to be acquired by spring 2010
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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) awarded Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Funds in May 2009 under the Silver Lining Plus Foreclosure Purchase Program to three non-profits including: Pathway Homes, Inc, Reston Interfaith Housing, and Christian Relief Services of Virginia.

Pathway Homes, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing supportive services and affordable housing to adults with serious mental illnesses in Northern Virginia.
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
2010 Virginia General Assembly Session Begins
On-line System an Easy Way to Track Progress of Bills
The 2010 session of the Virginia General Assembly convened on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.  The State of Virginia 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?101+men+BIL

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
NOTICE: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Hold Special Meeting on Monday, Jan. 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, Jan. 8, 2010
Housing Committee Scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19

The Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. in Rooms 9 and 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
Partnership for Permanent Housing Program Finalist for NHC 2009 Pioneering Housing Strategies Award

PPH Program Featured on NHC Website
In 2009, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and its partners in the Partnership for Permanent Housing Program (PPH) were named a finalist by the National Housing Conference (NHC) in their Pioneering Housing Strategies Awards competition.  For the week of January 4, NHC will highlight HCD and the PPH program on the NHC website at: http://www.nhcopenhouse.org/2010/01/nhc-2009-pioneering-housing-strategies.html.  NHC commends PPH for its “full-scope” approach to providing stability for families by concentrating on the wide range of issues related to poverty and homelessness.
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Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
Rising Housing Costs Despite Lower Home Prices
Center for Housing Policy Report Examines New Housing Trends
Housing costs are rising, despite the drop in home prices, according to a new study released by the Center for Housing Policy. Although the onset of the foreclosure crisis created a buyer’s market, with lower home prices, the report examines the effects of recent housing market turbulence on housing affordability.
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Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
New Deputy County Executive – Patricia Harrison
Patricia (Pat) Harrison was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in September 2009 as the new Deputy County Executive for Human Services. Since September, Pat has worked alongside Deputy County Executive Verdia Haywood and will transition into Verdia’s duties upon his retirement later this month. As the new Deputy County Executive for Human Services, she will oversee Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and other human service agencies including: Department of Administration for Human Services,  Department of Systems Management for Human Services Health Department, Department of Community and Recreation Services, Department of Family Services , Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
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