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Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled - Monday, January 23

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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.  

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Dec. 16 Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting POSTPONED

The meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee scheduled for this Friday, December 16 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for mid-January.   The date, time and location of the rescheduled meeting will be published on e-ffordable.org as soon as that information becomes available.  In addition, a special subcommittee meeting may be scheduled prior to the next full Advisory Committee meeting. 

Housing Committee Scheduled for January 31

The Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors has been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in Rooms 9 and 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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.  

Happy Holidays

The Department of Housing and Community Development would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. There will not be an edition of e-ffordable published over the holidays. The next edition will be on Friday, Jan. 13. Happy holidays from everyone at HCD!


Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
FCRHA Announces Availability of Project-Based Vouchers
Information Meeting to be Held November 15, 2011

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) announces the availability of up to 62 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) for the acquisition of existing or rehabilitated housing rented to homeless families or individuals.

Application Standards:

  • Units Eligible for Subsidy:  Applications will be accepted for the acquisition or conversion of existing or rehabilitated housing that meets federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS), excluding new construction.

Click here to read the full article.


Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
CCFAC Annual Public Hearing - Nov. 15
Focus on Fairfax County’s Housing and Human Service Needs, Consolidated Plan


The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 232 in the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA).  The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from the public on housing, community development and human services needs and Fairfax County’s Consolidated Plan performance.   The Consolidated Plan is a federal requirement that combines the broad planning requirements of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 with the annual applications and reporting for certain HUD-funded programs administered by Fairfax County.  Information from this public hearing also will be used to assist the CCFAC in preparing the Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2013 and to educate the residents of Fairfax County concerning community needs. Click here to view more information on the public hearing, including how to register for the speakers list.
                                

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations call 703- 246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578. Please allow 48 hours in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
FCRHA Draft 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 Annual Plan for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher for Fiscal Year 2012 (FCHRA Fiscal Year 2013) mandated by the Federal Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998. Through this updated plan, the FCRHA will advise the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), residents of FCRHA-owned housing, and the public of the FCRHA’s mission to serve the needs of low-income and very low-income families for Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing assistance, and the FCRHA’s strategy to address those needs.
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Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
Campaign for a Virginia Housing Trust Fund

In the first week of October, the “Campaign for a Virginia Housing Trust Fund” conducted an online survey to assess the potential impact if a Housing Trust Fund were established in Virginia. According to the results of the survey, a $90 million investment could create or preserve 6,000 units of affordable housing. In addition, the organization concluded that the establishment of a housing trust fund in Virginia could help spur job creation. To date, 39 states currently have housing trust funds. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
Highlights of September 15 FCRHA Meeting

The following are highlights of the September 15, 2011 regular meeting of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA):

  • FCRHA Approves Revisions to Utility Allowance Schedules for Public Housing Properties.  The FCRHA approved revisions to the utility allowances for electric, gas and water/sewer services at certain Public Housing properties. Utility allowances are reviewed and adjusted, as needed, on an annual basis, as required by HUD.  HCD will provide residents with information on utility assistance programs through the county as well as applying for reasonable accommodations when warranted.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
Project Rebuild: HUD and the American Jobs Act
In September, President Obama announced the American Jobs Act, which outlines the President’s plan to create jobs.  One section of the bill, “Project Rebuild,” directly involves the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Project Rebuild is focused on creating jobs, stabilizing neighborhoods, reducing vacancies (in residential and commercial properties). The intent is for Project Rebuild to leverage the success of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which was established under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to address the foreclosure crisis. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 from 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, Sept. 16, 2011
HUD Regional Administrator Visits Fairfax County

Visit to Hanley Shelter Highlights Housing Blueprint, Homelessness Efforts
On Thursday, Sept. 15, Jane C. W. Vincent, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) visited the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter to learn about Fairfax County’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness and address the need for affordable housing.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint Receives Two National Awards

Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint was selected for two national awards: the 2011 National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Award of Excellence and the 2011 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  The NACCED Award of Excellence will be presented at the 2011 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Monday, Sept. 19.  The NACo Award was presented at the Annual Conference held in July, with recognition before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
New Report Details Impacts of Housing Trust Fund on Virginia
The Campaign for a Virginia Housing Trust Fund has released a report detailing the potential economic impact of a Housing Trust Fund on Virginia.  The report was prepared by Chmura Economic and Analytics and presented to housing advocates at a meeting in Richmond on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The report notes that a Housing Trust Fund would infuse the economy with $1 billion within a 10-year period and support 1,778 jobs in Virginia.  The impact would be a result of construction spending, building material purchases, construction worker wages, building operations and maintenance and a range of related employment fields according to the report.  The report assumes a $10 million per year allocation to the fund from the State.

To view a complete version of the report, please visit: http://www.virginiahousingtrustfund.org/pdf/HousingTrust_Executive_Summary_final.pdf

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
FY 2011 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Available for Public Comment
The Fairfax County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2011 is now available for public comment.  The FY 2011 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, 2010, through June 30, 2011.  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).  Click here to read the full article

Friday, July 29, 2011
FCRHA Issues Report to the Community
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has issued its Report to the Community: A Tradition of Innovation and Success, covering fiscal years 2000-2010.  The report details the efforts of the FCRHA and its partners to meet the basic housing needs of the county’s low and moderate-income residents during this challenging decade, from the housing boom and remarkable rise in housing values to the recession and foreclosure crisis.

The report also offers a look into the future of affordable and workforce housing as the county works to meet its goal to prevent and end homelessness by 2018 and as the redevelopment of the Tysons area gets underway. 

An electronic version of the FCRHA’s Report to the Community may be located online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/fy2010annualreport.htm

A limited number of printed copies of the Report are available.  To request a printed copy of the report, please call 703-279-7309 or email rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Elects New Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) elected Elisabeth Lardner, Mount Vernon District, and Richard C. Sullivan, Jr., Dranesville District, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, at its meeting on Thursday, July 21.

Commissioner Larder was appointed to the FCRHA in 2001 and has served as the Vice Chairman for the past two years.  She has more than thirty years of experience in landscape architecture, planning and urban design.  She is a principal landscape architect at Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects in Alexandria.    She is actively involved in the Mount Vernon community and is a leader in revitalization and affordable housing projects in the area. 

Commissioner Sullivan was appointed to the FCRHA in 2009 and brings more than twenty years of experience as an attorney, with particular expertise in construction and real-estate related litigation.  He is currently a partner with Reed Smith LLP located in Falls Church.  Since joining the FCRHA, Commissioner Sullivan has played a critical role in a variety of policy decisions, and has served as a member of the FCRHA’s Planning and Development committee.

Friday, July 29, 2011
NVAHA and Local Partners Join to Support First Annual Housing Expo
On Saturday, June 25, 2011, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development participated in the first annual regional Housing Expo 2011 hosted by the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA).  The event was supported by six local jurisdictions: the counties of Arlington, Loudoun and Fairfax; the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church; and the Town of Herndon.  Cardinal Bank and George Mason Mortgage also supported the event.

Expo 2011 was held at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia and showcased rental and homeownership opportunities for individuals and families across a range of income levels.  More than 600 households seeking rental and homeownership information attended.   Present at the event were more than 75 vendors including local non-profits, government agencies, real estate agents and financial credit counseling organizations to give attendees a wealth of information about the home search process.  Workshops covering such topics as financial planning, credit repair, and improving livability through design and accessibility concepts were offered in a variety of languages to attendees.Click here to read the full article...

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Northern Virginia Family Service Collaborative Selected as Provider for Bridging Affordability Program

Fairfax County has selected the Northern Virginia Family Service Collaborative (NVFS) as the provider for the new Bridging Affordability Program.  Bridging Affordability is an integral component of the county’s Housing Blueprint and will provide long-term rental subsidies to 72 homeless individuals and families and an additional 303 households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists.  The Collaborative was awarded the contract of $3.8 million to provide rental subsidies and other support services to individuals and families of greatest need in the county.  Funding for Bridging Affordability comes from rent revenue from the Wedgewood Apartments, an affordable rental property purchased by Fairfax County in 2007 and preserved under the county’s Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative.

Click here to read the full article

Thursday, June 16, 2011
June 24 Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
Per Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Co-Chairs Conrad Egan and Jim Scott, the June 24, 2011 meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has been cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting of the Advisory Committee is on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center.  Among the planned agenda items for the September 24th meeting are a year-end report on the FY 2011 Housing Blueprint, an update on the Bridging Affordability program and a presentation on the FY 2012 Fairfax County budget, including updated information on the county’s federal housing funding and the carryover process.


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

Thursday, May 26, 2011
e-ffordable Extra
Draft Priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (FY 2013-2014): Now Available for Public Comment
The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) has released the Draft Priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) for FY 2013-2014, the next two-year funding cycle for the CCFP. 

CCFAC is inviting the public to provide comments either in writing or in person.  Written comments can be provided via email to:  Stephen Knippler, Senior Program Manager, Department of Housing and Community Development, at stephen.knippler@fairfaxcounty.gov or mailed to Mr. Knippler at 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.  All written comments must be received on or before Tuesday, June 14.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Materials Now Available
May 3 Discussion Focused on Zoning Ordinance Changes for Independent Living Facilities; Federal Housing Funding
On Tuesday, May 3, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee discussed a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance aimed at facilitating the development of independent living facilities for low-income residents.  The committee also received a briefing on cuts in federal housing funding contained in the enacted federal Fiscal Year 2011 budget.  The materials from the meeting are available at the links below:

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Fleetwood, Associate Director for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Department of Housing and Community Development, at 703-246-5103, TTY: 703-385-3578; email: thomas.fleetwood@fairfaxcounty.gov

Friday, May 6, 2011
Northern Virginia Housing Opportunities Expo 2011 – Saturday, June 25
On Saturday, June 25, the Northern Virginia Housing Opportunities Expo 2011 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Expo 2011 will be hosted by Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) in cooperation with Fairfax County, Cardinal Bank, George Mason Mortgage, the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington and Loudoun Counties and the Town of Herndon.
Click here to read the full article...

Friday, May 6, 2011
COG Hosts Celebration of Community Development Block Grant Program

Event Highlights Local Accomplishments Made Possible by Federal Investment|
On Monday, April 25, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) hosted a regional celebration of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The event featured keynote addresses by officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a video showcase of regional CDBG projects and a panel discussion moderated by Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.  The event closed with an address by Saul Ramierez, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). 
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Friday, May 6, 2011
National Low Income Housing Coalition Releases Out of Reach 2011 Report

Study Finds Rent Affordability an Ongoing Challenge in Fairfax County
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2011, its annual report on rental affordability in the United States.  Included in the report for each state, county and metropolitan statistical area is an analysis of data such as the annual income needed to afford the Fair Market Rent (FMR; as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). 

In Fairfax County, the report found that the annual salary needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the FMR of $1,461 was $58,440 – nearly 60 percent of the Area Median Income for a family of four.  According to the report, a minimum wage earner would have to work nearly four full-time jobs to afford a two-bedroom unit at the FMR in Fairfax County.  Out of Reach 2011 can be found at http://www.nlihc.org/oor/oor2011/.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
e-ffordable.org Special Edition
Next Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting – Tuesday, May 3
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee meeting is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Fairfax County Celebrates CDBG Week April 25-April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 30 is Community Development Week in Fairfax County.  For more than 36 years, the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has been an important financial tool in the county’s effort to address the needs of its low and moderate income residents.  CDBG funds have helped build community centers, acquire affordable housing and support numerous local non-profits.  CDBG supports Fairfax County’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool which provides funding for a variety of human services, affordable housing development administration and construction and the acquisition and/or rehabilitation of affordable housing in the county.  Over the years, the county has invested more than $184.8 million for these purposes.

The national celebration of Community Development Week each spring focuses attention on the importance of CDBG and the many benefits it brings to the community and those most in need.  Community Development Week is a national initiative supported by organizations nationwide including the National Association of Counties and the National Community Development Association.

Friday, April 8, 2011
COG Regional Community Development Week Event – Monday, April 25 – Register Now!
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) will be hosting a regional Community Development Week event: “The Role of CDBG in Community Development,” on Monday, April 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the COG Board Room at 777 North Capital St., Washington, DC, 20002. 

The event is planned to include a panel discussion on Congress’ proposed CDBG budget cuts and the potential impact for the region. Attendees will include area elected officials, local government staff, and community development partners. As CDBG faces potential budget cuts, jurisdictions in the region are anxious to demonstrate and discuss the importance and impact CDBG has had in their communities.

Click here to read the full article...

Friday, April 8, 2011
Celebrating the Grand Opening of Olley Glen

The grand opening celebration for Olley Glen Senior Residences – Fairfax County’s newest affordable active senior community, was held last Saturday, April 2 at Little River Glen Senior Center. The event was hosted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).  Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook and Board of Supervisors Chairman Chairman Sharon Bulova were among the featured speakers at the event. Remarks were also given by Ronald F. Christian, Chairman of the FCRHA; Paula Sampson, Director of Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and Paul Connolly, Vice President of Acquisitions of PNC Multifamily Capital, which is the investor for Olley Glen and helped provide financing for the project.  The formal ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the beautiful new Olley Glen were also part of the celebration. Click here to read the full article...

Friday, April 8, 2011
Housing Virginia Publishes Special Report on Northern Virginia

Housing Blueprint, Tysons Workforce Summit Featured in Online Newsletter

Housing Virginia, a statewide nonprofit organization focusing on convening key stakeholders to advance forward-looking housing policy, publishes an e-newsletter called “Start Here.” The March edition of Start Here had a special focus on affordable housing in Northern Virginia, including a review of the Dec. 3, 2010 Tysons Workforce Housing Summit and a feature on the Housing Blueprint.  The newsletter also included a report on homelessness in Fairfax County. 

The March 2011 edition of Start Here can be found here.

Friday, March 11, 2011
Board of Supervisors Endorses “Residences at Government Center”
Zoning Approval for Key Component of “Housing Blueprint”
On Tuesday, March 8, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and voted to allow the “The Residences at the Government Center” to be constructed on a portion of the ninety acre Government Center Campus property. The Board’s action amended the previously approved proffers and conceptual development plan for the Government Center property, bringing the planned development closer to final approvals necessary to begin construction.  A copy of the staff report on this action can be found at: http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4342072.PDF
Click here to read the full article...

Friday, March 11, 2011
FY 2012 Housing Blueprint Garners Broad Community Support
The Fairfax County Housing Blueprint is a comprehensive policy reflecting the philosophy of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that affordable housing is a continuum ranging from the needs of the homeless to first-time homebuyers.  The Blueprint has demonstrated itself to be an effective tool for matching available resources to the needs of county residents.

FCRHA endorsed the FY 2012 Blueprint at its March 3 meeting.  In addition, the Blueprint has been endorsed by more than 30 organizations countywide including the Fairfax County Disability Services Board; the Coalition for Smarter Growth; AHC, Inc; FACETS; several county agencies and the Reston Citizens Association among many others.  The Blueprint has also been endorsed by several individual supporters across the county.  It is through the support and collaboration of these supporters and individuals that the Blueprint continues to positively impact the lives of those with the greatest need in the Fairfax community.
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Friday, March 11, 2011
Bridging Affordability Proposals Now Under Review

The solicitation period for non-profits to submit funding applications under Fairfax County’s new Bridging Affordability program has closed and the proposals are now under review.  County staff anticipates making award recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, April 26. 

About the Bridging Affordability Program:  Bridging Affordability is an integral component of the FY 2011 Housing Blueprint.  The program is designed to provide funding to non-profits, via a competitive process, for use as rental subsidies and capital for the acquisition of additional affordable units to address the homelessness and waiting list goals of the Blueprint.  In the first year of the Bridging Affordability program, it is expected that these funds will serve approximately 48 homeless individuals and families, and about 364 households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists.

Friday, March 11, 2011
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Materials Now Available

March 1 Discussion Focused on Federal Housing Funding, Housing Blueprint

On Tuesday, March 1, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee discussed a wide variety of topics, including proposed cuts in federal housing funding, the draft FY 2012 Housing Blueprint, and the status off the FY 2011 Blueprint.  The materials from the meeting are available at the links below:

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Fleetwood, Associate Director for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Department of Housing and Community Development, at 703-246-5103, TTY: 703-385-3578; e-mail: thomas.fleetwood@fairfaxcounty.gov

Friday, March 11, 2011
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 4 and 5.

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.  

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011
FCRHA – Highlights from Thursday, Jan. 20 Meeting
On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) conducted its regular meeting.  Below is a summary of the meeting. The following actions were taken by the FCRHA:

  • FY 2012 CDBG and HOME Funding Recommendations Approved
    The FCRHA approved the proposed uses of approximately $5.98 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $2.7 million in HOME funds to be available in FY 2012, as recommended by the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC). The proposed uses will support the FCRHA Strategic Plan affordable housing goals and commit to solutions for emerging community needs and challenges. The recommendations will be included in the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for use of the funds for FY 2012, which will be the subject of a Board public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, with final Board action in April 2011. 
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Monday, Feb. 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 1: Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center. 

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011
Friday, March 25: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 4 and 5.

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.  

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2011
URGENT - SPECIAL ALERT: Bridging Affordability Proposal Due Date Extended
Fourth Addendum to RFP Released
Fairfax County has extended the closing date and time for the Bridging Affordability Request for Proposals (RFP) to Monday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

The county has also issued the fourth addendum to the RFP; all addenda to the RFP can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on Addenda 1, 2, 3 & 4 under the Bridging Affordability section of the page.  (Note: The addendum is in PDF format and may take a moment to load.) 

The deadline for questions on this RFP has now passed. 

Proposals are now due on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.  Note that a signed copy of all addenda to the solicitation must be included in all proposals. 

About the Bridging Affordability Program:  Bridging Affordability is an integral component of the FY 2011 Housing Blueprint.  The program is designed to provide funding to non-profits, via a competitive process, for use as rental subsidies and capital for the acquisition of additional affordable units to address the homelessness and waiting list goals of the Blueprint.  In the first year of the Bridging Affordability program, it is expected that these funds will serve approximately 48 homeless individuals and families, and about 364 households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists.

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
SPECIAL ALERT:  Third Addendum to Bridging Affordability RFP Released
Fairfax County has released the third addendum to the Bridging Affordability Request for Proposals (RFP).  All addenda to the RFP can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on Addenda 1, 2 & 3 under the Bridging Affordability section of the page.  (Note:  The addendum is in PDF format and may take a moment to load.) 
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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
2010-A Year of Accomplishment
Looking back on 2010, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is proud to have been a partner in numerous efforts to further affordable housing across a range of incomes and needs in the county.  HCD looks forward to continuing to work in tandem with the community, non-profits and partner agencies in the upcoming year.

The Housing Blueprint
A comprehensive new affordable housing policy endorsed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at the beginning of 2010, the Housing Blueprint guides the efforts of the county’s affordable housing efforts in the community.  The Blueprint, developed collaboratively by county agencies, housing advocates and non-profits, focuses on those with the greatest need such as homeless households; persons with disabilities and persons with extremely low income.  It targets cutting the waiting lists for affordable housing by half in 10 years; supports partnerships with the county’s non-profit community and fostering the development of additional workforce housing options.
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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
Save the Date: Board of Supervisors Housing Committee to Meet March 1
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center. 

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, Jan. 28, 2011
FCRHA Adopts FY 2012 Strategic Plan – Action Plan

Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Closely Aligned With Housing Blueprint
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its FY 2012 Strategic Plan-Action Plan at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20, covering July 1, through June 30, 2012, pending final action by the Board of Supervisors on the county budget plan in April 2011. 

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the FCRHA adopted a five-year Strategic Plan for the period from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015. The FCRHA adopts its one-year Action Plan each year to outline how the FCRHA and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will meet the goals of the Strategic Plan and the HCD vision, in response to current trends and needs, and within available resources.
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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
FCRHA Approves the Use of FY 2012 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Funds
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved the recommended use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds for FY 2012 at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20. The recommendations will now be considered by the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) and the Board of Supervisors prior to the public hearing on the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan Use of Funds for FY 2012 on Tuesday, March 29.
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Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
SPECIAL ALERT:  Second Addendum to Bridging Affordability RFP Released
Fairfax County has released the second addendum to the Bridging Affordability Request for Proposals (RFP).  Both the first and second addenda to the RFP can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm; click on Addenda # 1&2 under the Bridging Affordability section of the page.  (Note: The addendum is in PDF format and may take extra time to load.)  Click here to read the full article...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
2011 Virginia General Assembly Session Begins
On-line System an Easy Way to Track Progress of Bills The 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly convened on Wednesday, Jan.12.  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://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+men+BIL.  

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
2011 AHAC Meeting Schedule Set
Meetings To Begin at 9:30 AM
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee at its Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 meeting, agreed to change the start time for all future meetings to 9:30 AMThe meetings will continue to take place at the Fairfax County Government Center.  The 2011 Advisory Committee meeting schedule is as follows:

  • March 25, 2011: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 & 5
  • June 24, 2011: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Fairfax County Government Center; Conference Rooms 9 & 10
  • September 23, 2011: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Fairfax County Government Center; Conference Rooms 9 & 10
  • December 16, 2011: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Fairfax County Government Center; Conference Rooms 9 & 10

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
REMINDER:  Bridging Affordability Proposals Due Feb. 3, 2011
Fairfax County has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the “Bridging Affordability” Program.  The solicitation and associated materials can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm.  (Note:  RFP materials are in PDF format and may take a moment to load.)  Proposals are due on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at 2 p.m.  Note that a signed copy of all addenda to the solicitation must be included in all proposals.

All questions pertaining to this RFP should be submitted in writing to Sandy Benfit, contract administrator, at sandy.benfit@fairfaxcounty.gov by close of business on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 

About the Bridging Affordability Program:  Bridging Affordability is an integral component of the FY 2011 Housing Blueprint.  The program is designed to provide funding to non-profits, via a competitive process, for use as rental subsidies and capital for the acquisition of additional affordable units to address the homelessness and waiting list goals of the Blueprint.  In the first program year, it is expected that these funds will serve approximately 48 homeless individuals and families, and about 364 households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists.

 

 

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