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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
SPECIAL REPORT
FCRHA Named “Moving to Work” Agency by HUD

Designation Will Provide Low-Income Residents with New Opportunities
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has been named a “Moving to Work” (MTW) agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a prestigious title awarded to only 35 housing authorities in the country.  MTW gives housing authorities the flexibility to create programs that work best for their residents, allowing them to test innovative, locally-designed strategies to improve cost-effectiveness and help families achieve self-sufficiency. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
SPECIAL REMINDER:  Housing Blueprint Funds Available Through December 31
$4.4 Million Available for Housing Blueprint Project

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is announcing the availability of approximately $4.4 million in FY 2013 Housing Blueprint funds, via the county’s Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP).  HCD will accept AHPP applications from non-profit and for-profit affordable housing developers through December 31, 2012

The funds are intended to provide permanent gap financing.  While the Blueprint calls for 200 units, smaller acquisition preservation projects will be considered.

To receive consideration, applicants must:

  • Have site control;
  • Propose a project serving the income mix required under the Housing Blueprint; and
  • Propose to use Housing Blueprint funding for permanent financing only. 

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
FCRHA and Private Partner Preserve Affordable Senior Housing in Mount Vernon
$3.9 Million Loan Provided through the Fairfax County Housing Blueprint

On Friday, December 7, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) provided a $3.9 million loan to MVH Partners, LP, for the acquisition, preservation and rehabilitation of Mount Vernon House, a 130 unit affordable senior apartment community in the Mount Vernon District.  Mount Vernon House will receive interior, exterior and security upgrades, will include eight fully accessible units with Universal Design features. 

The acquisition of this property assists in meeting multiple Housing Blueprint goals.  The property will serve households at or below 30%, 50%, and 60% of the Area Median Income; it will provide eight handicapped accessible units which will meet federal Section 504 requirements; and it will incorporate Universal Design features consistent with FCRHA policy.  The FCRHA will also have a Right of First Refusal, should the borrower wish to sell or transfer the property.  Mount Vernon House will provide affordable housing for at least 50 years. 

The $3.9 million in financing is being provided to MVH Partners, LP in the form of a deferred loan from the FCRHA. 

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
REMINDER: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Workshop – Monday, Jan. 28
Representatives from non-profit organizations and other interested parties are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development on Monday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Rooms 4 and 5.

This workshop will focus on developing strategies to meet the goals of Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint in: Design and Development/Land Use, Developing New Funding Sources, Efforts to End Homelessness, and Affordable Housing Policy.

Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

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, Dec. 11, 2012
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, Dec. 14
Meeting to take place at HCD Office

The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet this Friday, December 14, at 9:30 AM; PLEASE NOTE:  The meeting will take place at the offices of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax -  not the Government Center (Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/pender-map.pdf for directions.) 

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, Nov. 20, 2012
Save the Date: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Workshop – Monday, Jan. 28

Representatives from non-profit organizations and other interested parties are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development on Monday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Rooms 4 and 5.

This workshop will focus on developing strategies to meet the goals of Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint in five areas: Design and Development, Developing New Funding Sources, Efforts to End Homelessness, Affordable Housing Policy and Land Use.

Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

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.  

HUD Ranks FCRHA as High Performing Agency for Public Housing Program

Perfect Score for Financial Management

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is again ranked among the best of the nation’s more than 3,000 housing authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

On November 7, 2012, HUD released the FCRHA’s scores for the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, which found that the FCRHA is a “High Performer” in the management of its 1,060 federal Public Housing units.  The FCRHA received a PHAS score of 94 out of a possible 100, including a perfect score for financial management.  The assessment looks at the physical condition of the properties, the financial management of the program, management operations, and resident satisfaction. 

“We are very proud of this achievement, and are committed to maintaining this high standard for residents of the FCRHA’s housing” said FCRHA Chair Elisabeth Lardner (Mount Vernon District).

FCRHA-owned housing is managed and maintained by the staff of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.  This outstanding assessment by HUD for the Public Housing program comes on the heels of the FCRHA’s perfect FY 2012 score for the Housing Choice Voucher program.

FCRHA Now Accepting Applications for Project-Based Housing Vouchers

90 Vouchers Available to Support Housing Blueprint Goals


The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 90 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) in support of new housing opportunities for homeless families or individuals on the FCRHA’s waiting list, with eight in support of victims of domestic violence. Project-based vouchers made available will serve homeless individuals or families with supportive services as outlined in the Housing Blueprint.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program, defines existing housing as that which requires less than $1,000 per assisted unit (including the unit’s prorated share of any work to be accomplished on common areas of systems) to meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS), excluding housing for which new construction or rehabilitation has started. PBA is limited to 25% of the units in a building unless the building has four units or less, or units designated for families that are elderly, disabled, or receiving supportive services will occupy the units. It may be possible to obtain a HUD waiver to this limit if supportive services will be provided to all PBA residents. Rent subsidy contracts are available for an initial period of 15 years with possible 15-year extension, subject to annual appropriations. If currently occupied units are to be included in the PBA program, the unit must meet HQS and the current tenant must apply and be determined eligible for Housing Choice Voucher assistance.

Click here to read the full article.         

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
SPECIAL ALERT  
Requests for Proposals: Seven Group Homes Available
Pre-Proposal Conferences Scheduled for Next Week
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the following request for proposals:

Seven Group Homes for Persons with Special Needs:  HCD announces the availability of seven (7) housing units, acquired and rehabilitated with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds.  Project proposals are being solicited from eligible non-profits to own and operate scattered site single family housing units to be used as affordable group housing for persons with disabilities including persons with severe mental illness needing Residential Intensive Care and Comprehensive Services; persons with autism and other developmental disabilities; and persons with disabilities who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.  The units available under this solicitation are to serve participants in programs operated by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), persons on CSB waiting lists, and persons with CSB service-eligible disabilities.  Applications are due on Friday, November 30, at 4:30 PM. A pre-proposal conference will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at the offices of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 3700 Pender Drive Fairfax, VA 22030.

Application materials for this critical opportunity are available online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/fy2013rfpgrouphomes.htm

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. 19, 2012
FCRHA Designated a HUD “High Performer” for Housing Choice Voucher Program

Housing Authority Earns Perfect Score in FY 2012 Assessment
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has been awarded a perfect score in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP).  The 100 percent rating makes the FCRHA a “high performer” under the SEMAP system for FY 2012.  The FCRHA has earned high performer status for many years running.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Board Approves FCRHA Financing to Preserve Affordable Senior Housing in Mount Vernon
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a $3.9 million Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) loan to MVH Partners, LP, for the acquisition, preservation and rehabilitation of Mount Vernon House, a 130 unit affordable senior apartment community in the Mount Vernon District.  Mount Vernon House will receive interior, exterior and security upgrades, will include eight fully accessible units with Universal Design features.  Mount Vernon House will provide affordable housing for special needs populations, to include independent seniors for the duration of at least 50 years.  The $3.9 million in financing will be provided to MVH Partners, LP in the form of a deferred loan from the FCRHA. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Reminder: Request for Proposals: $1.065 Million in CDBG/HOME Funds
Proposals Due Nov. 7, 2012
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released a request for proposals:
$1.065 Million in CDBG/HOME Funds for Affordable Housing Acquisitions: The funding available under this solicitation includes a total of $1,066,114, consisting of $310,805 in HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds, and $755,309 from CDBG.  Applications must propose to meet the metrics set forth in the FY 2013 Housing Blueprint, and serve populations eligible under HOME and CDBG.  Specifically, it is expected that these funds will be used to provide up to 19 new units/group home beds for CDBG/HOME-eligible individuals and families with special needs and the homeless, consistent with the Blueprint.  The properties must be rented to households whose incomes are at or below 50% of AMI.  Applications are due on Wednesday, November 7, at 4:00 PM.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Reminder:  Bridging Affordability Program - Request for Proposals  
Proposals Due Oct. 24, 2012
Fairfax County has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2012-2013 “Bridging Affordability” Program.  The solicitation can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/solicitation/#general; click on BID NUMBER: RFP2000000392. (Note:  The solicitation is in PDF format and may take a moment to load.) All questions pertaining to this RFP should be submitted in writing to the contract administrator at dpsmteam3@fairfaxcounty.govProposals are due on October 24, 2012 at 2 pm.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
Request for Proposals: $1.065 Million in CDBG/HOME Funds
Pre-Proposal Conference Scheduled for Next Week

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released a request for proposals:

  • $1.065 Million in CDBG/HOME Funds for Affordable Housing Acquisitions:The funding available under this solicitation includes a total of $1,066,114, consisting of $310,805 in HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds, and $755,309 from CDBG.  Applications must propose to meet the metrics set forth in the FY 2013 Housing Blueprint, and serve populations eligible under HOME and CDBG.  Specifically, it is expected that these funds will be used to provide up to 19 new units/group home beds for CDBG/HOME-eligible individuals and families with special needs and the homeless, consistent with the Blueprint.  The properties must be rented to households whose incomes are at or below 50% of AMI.  Applications are due on Wednesday, November 7, at 4:00 PM.  A pre-proposal conference will be held on Friday, October 12, at 10:00 AM at the offices of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 3700 Pender Drive Fairfax, VA 22030.

Application materials are available online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/fy2013cdbghomerfp.htm.

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. 5, 2012
Safe and Secure: 100th Family Benefits from Bridging Affordability Program
County-Funded Rental Subsidy Program Reaches Important Milestone
Fairfax County’s Bridging Affordability rental assistance program achieved an important milestone by recently providing its 100th family with a place to call home.  Since the first Bridging Affordability family leased a unit in September 2011, the program’s collaborative of nonprofits - led by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) - has assisted 100 families by providing rental subsidies and supportive services aimed at achieving self-sufficiency. 

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Well Represented at White House Forum
Participating in a recent White House Forum on Housing for Virginia Leaders were several members of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, including Conrad Egan, Shelley Murphy, and Michelle Krocker. Paula Sampson, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, also participated in the Forum.  The Forum was led by federal officials from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Issues discussed included foreclosures, FHA mortgage finance, neighborhood stabilization and a discussion of approaches to helping underwater borrowers through short sales and refinancing. The participants included government officials, housing advocates, non-profit organizations, private sector builders and developers, realtors and mortgage lenders.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
Workforce Housing Need in Fairfax County to Rise Through 2025
Washington Business Journal Examines Workforce Housing Forecast

Fairfax County will need 63,660 new workforce housing units for households earning less than 120 percent of area median income by 2025, according to an article published by the Washington Business Journal. The article examines both Fairfax and Montgomery counties and how with the increased cost of living in both counties, that workforce housing is essential in for families whose earnings generally fall between $80,000 and $130,000 a year. To read the full article, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2012/08/24/locked-out-fairfax-montgomery.html?page=all

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 28
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 2 and 3.

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, Sept. 18, 2012
SPECIAL ALERT:  Housing Blueprint Funds Now Available
$4.4 Million Available for Housing Blueprint Project; Dialogue Event Friday

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is announcing the availability of approximately $4.4 million in FY 2013 Housing Blueprint funds, via the county’s Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP).  HCD will accept AHPP applications from non-profit and for-profit affordable housing developers through December 31, 2012

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2013 Housing Blueprint.  Specifically, the funding is intended to be used for the purchase of approximately 200 units of multifamily housing in Fairfax County that will serve: 1) the county’s homeless population; 2) persons on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists; and 3) the county’s low and moderate-income workforce.  It is anticipated that the available funding would be used in combination with other sources such as private equity and financing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and project-based Housing Choice Vouchers. 

A “Non-Profit Dialogue” event on this and other available funding opportunities will be held this Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10 AM.  Non-profit and for-profit developers interested in the Housing Blueprint funding are welcome. 

The Non-Profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
FY 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Available for Public Comment
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2012.  The FY 2012 CAPER evaluates the county’s use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant/Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program funds for the period from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.  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.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Congressional Delegation Unanimously Supports FCRHA “Moving to Work” Application

Fairfax County’s U.S. Senators, House Members Reach Out to HUD Leadership

In letters to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernard Fulton, Fairfax County’s Congressional delegation expressed strong support for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) “Moving to Work” (MTW) application.

In a joint letter to Secretary Donovan, U.S. Senator Mark Warner and U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Frank Wolf called attention to the FCRHA’s “track record of innovation in managing federal housing resources and of close collaboration with HUD and its many community partners”, and urged consideration of the FCRHA’s “promising application”. In a separate letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernard Fulton, Senator Webb noted that the MTW designation would “allow the FCRHA to modernize and further transform its successful housing model to meet the growing community needs.”
Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
HCD Presented with Three National Awards at NAHRO’s Annual Summer Conference
This May, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) received three 2012 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for the Housing Blueprint, the PROGRESS Center, and the Olley Glen senior housing community. The awards were presented at NAHRO’s Summer Conference in San Francisco held July 29-31. John Payne, HCD Deputy Director for Real Estate, was presented with the awards.

About the NAHRO Award of Merit: 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.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Workshop Focused on Financing Affordable Housing with Tax-Exempt Bonds
The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies will be sponsoring a workshop in October focused on “Financing Affordable Housing with Tax-Exempt Bonds and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.” The session will explore new solutions for financing multifamily affordable housing. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Bank of America Building, 15th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20005.

Fairfax County, Montgomery County and the District are all participating  in this regional event. Non-profit and for-profit developers of affordable housing are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited and registration is required by Friday, Oct. 12.To register for the workshop, visit: https://nalhfa.site-ym.com/events/attendees.asp?id=248264.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 28

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 2 and 3.

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, Sept. 5, 2012
Non-Profit Dialogue Rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 21
Important Opportunity to Learn About Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Representatives from non-profit organizations and other interested parties are invited to a dialogue event hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development on Friday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

This event is a critical opportunity to learn about upcoming funding opportunities.  Topics will include the Bridging Affordability program, the planned competition for group homes to serve persons with disabilities, the availability of Housing Blueprint funds through the Affordable Housing Partnership Program, and the planned competition for Project-Based Vouchers.

The Non-Profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

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, Aug. 30, 2012
SPECIAL ALERT:  Bridging Affordability RFP Released
Pre-proposal Conference on Sep. 5; Proposals Due Oct. 24, 2012

Fairfax County has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2012-2013 “Bridging Affordability” Program.  The solicitation can be found on-line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/solicitation/#general; click on BID NUMBER: RFP2000000392. (Note:  The solicitation is in PDF format and may take a moment to load.)

The optional pre-proposal conference will be held on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Room 9/10, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.  All offerors are urged to attend.  All questions pertaining to this RFP should be submitted in writing to the contract administrator at dpsmteam3@fairfaxcounty.govProposals are due on October 24, 2012 at 2 pm. 

About the Bridging Affordability Program:  Bridging Affordability is an integral component of the FY 2012 and FY 2013 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.  Of the approximately $7.5 million available in FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds, up to $7 million is available for rental subsidies and/or capital acquisition and up to $500,000 is available to fund supportive services in rental subsidy projects.

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Non-Profit Dialogue Scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17
Important Opportunity to Learn About Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Representatives from non-profit organizations and other interested parties are invited to a dialogue event hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development on Monday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  

This event is a critical opportunity to learn about upcoming funding opportunities.  Topics will include the Bridging Affordability program, the planned competition for group homes to serve persons with disabilities, the availability of Housing Blueprint funds through the Affordable Housing Partnership Program, and the planned competition for Project-Based Vouchers.

The Non-Profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

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, July 27, 2012
FCRHA Re-Elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) re-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 19.

Commissioner Lardner was appointed to the FCRHA in 2001 and served as Vice Chairman two years before being elected Chairman in 2011.  She has extensive 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. 

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 27, 2012
Northern Virginia Regional Housing Information Session Scheduled for August 8
Critical Opportunity to Provide Input on Statewide Housing Issues, New State Housing Fund
The Virginia Housing Coalition and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Housing Development Authority are holding six regional information and input sessions this summer.

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 27, 2012
FCRHA Submits Moving to Work (MTW) Application
MTW Application is a Critical Component of the FCRHA’s THRIVE Initiative

On June 26, 2012 the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) submitted the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) first ever Moving to Work (MTW) application. MTW is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) demonstration program that allows public housing authorities to design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies to improve cost-effectiveness and help families achieve self-sufficiency. The FCRHA’s MTW plan is a critical component of its Total Housing Reinvention for Individual Success, Vital Services and Economic Empowerment (THRIVE) initiative, and if selected as an MTW agency, will allow the FCRHA to link its housing programs into a continuum, enable staff to spend less time on paperwork and more time on people, and assist families in building a savings “nest egg” and achieving self-sufficiency.

Click here to read the full article.

“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, May 25, 2012
HCD Receives Four National Housing Awards from NAHRO, NACo
Housing Blueprint, PROGRESS Center, and Olley Glen Senior Community Recognized for Innovation


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has received three 2012 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), as well as a 2012 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The NAHRO awards recognize the Housing Blueprint, the PROGRESS Center, and the Olley Glen senior housing community; the NACo award also recognizes the PROGRESS Center.  The NAHRO Awards of Merit will be presented the NAHRO Summer Conference in July; NACo will present its Achievement Awards at its annual conference, also in July.  


Click here to read the full article.

Friday, May 25, 2012
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for June 12


The Housing Committee of the Board of Supervisors has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at 12 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.  

Friday, May 25, 2012
FCRHA Public Hearing on Draft “Moving to Work” Plan: May 30

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has scheduled a public hearing on its draft “Moving to Work” Plan, to be held at a special meeting on May 30, 2012 at 7 PM; the hearing will take place at the FCRHA Board Room, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030.  If you wish to submit written comments on the draft Plan, you may do so by email to mtw@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by mail, attention of Vincent Rogers, Senior Program Manager, Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.  The FCRHA’s draft MTW Plan can be viewed here; additional information on the FCRHA’s work to become an MTW agency can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/mtw.htmThe deadline for receipt of written comments on the draft Plan will be 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

About Moving to Work:The FCRHA is planning to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for designation as a “Moving to Work” (MTW) agency.  If the FCRHA’s application is successful, the designation would allow the FCRHA to design and test innovative approaches to housing, ultimately providing residents with significant benefits that will help them move towards greater self-sufficiency. 

Click here to read full article.

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Virginia Housing Trust Fund Approved

The Virginia House and Senate approved the $85 billion budget for the Commonwealth, which includes the creation of the “Virginia Housing Trust Fund.” The Trust Fund would provide $7 million in initial capitalization in the second year of the biennial budget.   The Trust Fund will support a broad range of housing initiatives and affordable housing efforts including homelessness and homeownership, which will be funded through grants and low-interest loans. In an effort to support the reduction of homelessness in the Virginia, up to 20% in grants will be targeted to address the needs of that population.

Click here to read full article.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fairfax County Awarded Ten Additional Veterans Housing Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was awarded ten HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers.  These ten vouchers are in addition to the 38 already being successfully administered by the FCRHA, and give Fairfax County greater capacity to provide much-needed affordable housing for homeless military veterans and their families. 

Click here to read full article.

Friday, May 11, 2012

HCD Associate Director to Receive “Top 40 Under 40” Award

Tom Fleetwood, Associate Director with the Department of Housing and Community Development, was selected for the prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" award by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the Virginia Housing Coalition. The award will be presented during the 2012 Virginia Housing Coalition dinner on Thursday, June 21 in Richmond. In addition, award recipients will be invited to participate in a two-day leadership development training session in September sponsored by VHDA. 

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Friday, May 11, 2012

FCRHA Commissioner Appointed to Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness

Willard Jasper, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) At-Large Commissioner, was recently appointed to the Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Governing Board is comprised of community leaders with commitment to the mission of the Board and to provide a “community voice” to end homelessness in Fairfax County. Mr. Jasper is a longstanding advocate for affordable housing in Fairfax County.  He has served on the FCRHA since June 1997.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

SPECIAL REPORT:  Board of Supervisors Adopts FY 2013 Budget
Chairman Bulova and Board of Supervisors Identify Additional Resources for Housing Blueprint Commitment
 
On Tuesday, May 1, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the FY 2013 budget.  Under the guidance of Chairman Sharon Bulova, the Board adopted a budget which includes funding for Housing Blueprint priorities such as the Bridging Affordability program and provides additional resources to help fill the housing gaps identified by the community in the Blueprint.  (The FY 2013 Housing Blueprint can be viewed online here.) 

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Monday, April 9, 2012
Non-profit Dialogue Scheduled for Monday, April 16
Representatives from non-profit organizations and other interested parties are invited to a dialogue event hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development on Monday, April 16.  The key topic of the event is the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s THRIVE Initiative and application for federal designation as a “Moving to Work” agency.

The Non-profit Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 and 10 from 3 - 4 p.m.  If interested in attending, RSVP to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

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, March 9, 2012
Fairfax County FY 2013 Advertised Budget Released
Proposed Spending Plan Falls Short of Resources Called for in FY 2013 Housing Blueprint
 
Fairfax County’s FY 2013 Advertised Budget Plan, which wasreleased on February 28th, reflects the difficult choices facing the Board of Supervisors in a still-challenging economic environment. 

These difficult choices are clearly illustrated in the area of affordable housing. Although the Advertised Budget does include county funds to make up for federal reductions in the Consolidated Community Funding Pool, it falls short of the funding recommended in the FY 2013 Housing Blueprint.

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Friday, March 9, 2012
REMINDER:  Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, March 23
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, March 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.  

Friday, March 9, 2012
Public Hearing on Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2013
Board of Supervisors to Consider Use of Important Federal Funding Resources on March 20

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4 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 2013.

The Proposed One-Year Action Plan for FY 2013 identifies the proposed use of funds for the four federal programs, with an estimated amount of $6.7 million:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG - $4,414,224),
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME - $1,405,283),
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG - $469,222), and
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA - $438,386).

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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Materials Now Available
January 31 Discussion Focused on Bridging Affordability, Housing Blueprint

On January 31, 2012, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee discussed a wide variety of topics, including the status of the Bridging Affordability program, the draft FY 2013 Housing Blueprint, anticipated cuts in federal housing funding, and the redevelopment of the Lewinsville senior facility.  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.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
FCRHA Adopts FY 2013 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in Priority Strategic Areas
                     
At its meeting on January 19, 2012, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its FY 2013 Strategic Plan-Action Plan, covering July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. 
The Strategic Plan-Action Plan provides an overview of the major FCRHA activities and projects – and their anticipated FY 2013 outcomes – in strategic areas such as affordable housing preservation, affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities and other special needs, homeownership, and new affordable housing production. Highlights of the plan include:

  • Continued preservation of additional units as opportunities arise consistent with the FY 2013 Housing Blueprint.
  • Identifying opportunities to link affordable housing preservations activities with the Ten-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Housing Blueprint and use existing resources to achieve FY 2013 Blueprint metrics.
  • Continuation of the Bridging Affordability program, providing rental subsidies to approximately 185 homeless individuals and families and households from the county’s affordable housing waiting lists.
  • Seeking a public-private partnership to redevelop The Crescent Apartments property in Reston, resulting in additional affordable and workforce housing and fostering Lake Anne revitalization efforts.

To view the FY 2013 Strategic Plan, click here.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Preservation of Mount Vernon Apartments Moves Forward
Board of Supervisors Approves FCRHA Financing under Housing Blueprint

On January 24, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to make a loan of $4,800,000 to Wesley Mount Vernon Owner, LLC for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 184-unit Mount Vernon Apartments, in the Lee District.  The project is consistent with the goals of the 2012 Housing Blueprint, which called for a non-profit organization to acquire up to 200 units to serve the homeless, households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists, and to provide workforce housing.  Wesley Mount Vernon Owner, LLC is a subsidiary of Wesley Housing Development Corporation. 

The FCRHA loan will be comprised of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds and county funding. The project, located in the Lee District, will include Universal Design features and 19 units will be fully accessible. When completed, the property will feature upgrades in kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Exterior improvements will include new roofs, windows, entranceways, lighting, trim and architectural accents. In addition, site improvements will include tot lot upgrades, landscape, and community room and rental office improvements.

About Wesley Housing: Wesley Housing Development Corporation (WHDC) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization that has been operating in Northern Virginia for over 30 years. The mission of WHDC is to: develop, own, operate, and maintain affordable housing and sustain quality communities for low- and moderate-income persons in Northern Virginia.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Community Service Board Report Details Housing Needs for Persons with Disabilities

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has released a report identifying the affordable housing needs for those with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The report, Forging a Path Home, notes that 1,650 CSB clients needed affordable housing as of June 2011.

The report includes a set of recommendations developed by CSB to accommodate growing housing needs. Among the recommendations was coordinating with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to expand affordable housing opportunities, and supporting policy efforts to foster an increase in the production of units for very low income households, particularly for persons with disabilities.

To view the complete report, please visit:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/reports/housing-report.pdf

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
George Mason University Report Focuses on Growth in Workforce and Housing Needs in Washington, DC Region
The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis recently released a report, “Housing the Region’s Future Workforce: Policy Challenges for Local Jurisdictions,” which analyzes the future housing demand associated with projected job growth in the Washington DC metropolitan area between 2010 and 2030.

The report notes that over the next 20 years, there will be an increase of 1.05 million jobs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As a result of future job growth, there is a need for 731,457 new housing units.  The report discusses the shift in homeownership rate for future residents from the current 64% to 55% over the next 20 years. Fairfax County is expected to need between 52,145 and 110,947 net new units by 2030 to house new workers based on projected job growth.  Based on data included in the report, it is anticipated that approximately 50,000 net new units will be needed in Fairfax County for new low and moderate income workers by 2030. 

To view the full report, please visit:
http://66.147.244.232/~lifeats1/cra/pdfs/studies_reports_presentations/Housing__the_Regions_Workforce_Oct_2011.pdf

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting - Monday, January 23
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting will take place in Conference Rooms 9/10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.  The main agenda item will be consideration of the draft FY 2013 Housing Blueprint.

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, 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.  

 

 

 

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