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Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Season’s Greetings for a Happy New Year
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and best wishes for the New Year.  Our offices will be closing at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26 following the holiday. The offices will close again on Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Business will resume as usual on Jan. 2.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
FCRHA Authorizes Application for Subsidy Conversion of Public Housing Properties  
At its meeting on October 24, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized the submission of applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. If the applications are successful, the RAD program would give the FCRHA the option to convert some or all of its 1,060 Public Housing units to the more stable federal Section 8 subsidies. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Federal Budget Sequestration Update

FCRHA Acts to Ensure Long-Term Sustainability of Housing Choice Voucher Program
The federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” have affected two of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) most critical housing programs: Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers.  For the current fiscal year, the FCRHA has taken a number of steps to stabilize the programs, including freezing new leasing in the voucher program and cancelling the award of new project-based vouchers.  However, the cuts called for under sequestration are likely to continue in FY 2015 and have a long-term impact.  This is especially true for the Housing Choice Voucher program, where the FCRHA is facing a deficit of approximately $4.5 million in FY 2015. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
FCRHA Welcomes New Dranesville Commissioner
C. Melissa Jonas has been appointed as the new Dranesville Commissioner for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).  Ms. Jonas is an eleven-year resident of Herndon and is serving her first term on the Herndon Town Council.  She serves on the council’s Interview Committee and chairs the Joint Communications Committee between the council and the Planning Commission. She also serves on the Inter-Jurisdictional Committee.Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
New Location Affordability Portal Helps Calculate Local Costs of Living
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently unveiled the Location Affordability Portal (LAP), a cost calculation tool that allows users to estimate housing and transportation costs for neighborhoods across the country. The LAP will help consumers and communities better understand the combined costs of housing and transportation associated with living in a specific region, street or neighborhood and make better-informed decisions about where to live, work and invest. Visit www.locationaffordability.info to learn more about the costs of living in your area.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Census Data-Access Training Cancelled
The Census Data-Access Training scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 11 has been cancelled due to an unexpected trainer availability issue.  The training will be rescheduled in January or February 2014. Please stay tuned to e-ffordable.org for updates. 

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
December Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting POSTPONED
Meeting Rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 17
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Friday, December 13, 2013 has been postponed and is rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m., in a location to be determined.  Please stay tuned to e-ffordable.org for updates.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
REMINDER: Applications Sought for Blueprint Funding Projects
Applications to be accepted through December 31 and evaluated on first-come, first-serve basis

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is still accepting applications for projects using available Housing Blueprint funds. The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2014 Housing Blueprint. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
FCRHA Authorizes Funding to Nonprofits for Affordable Housing Acquisition
Four Local Nonprofits Receive Community Development Block Grant Funding
The FCRHA authorized deferred loans using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to four local nonprofit organizations, The Brain Foundation; Community Havens, Inc.; Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services; and Cornerstones Housing Corporation. These funds are designated for the acquisition of additional affordable housing units in the county. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Robert Easley Named New HCD Deputy Director
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce that Robert Easley has been selected to serve as deputy director for operations for the agency.  Mr. Easley joined HCD in March of 2011 as director of the Financial Management Division, and has served as acting deputy director since March of 2012. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Coan Pond Residences Celebrates 20 Years of Housing Excellence
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Coan Pond Residences, and honored the life of its late namesake, former FCRHA Commissioner Carl A. S. Coan, Jr. Members of the Coan family joined FCRHA commissioners and Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) staff past and present for a small ceremony followed by a tour of the property. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Work Continues on FY 2015 THRIVE Blueprint
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) continues to shape and strengthen its THRIVE initiative (Total Housing Reinvention for Individual Success, Vital Services and Economic Empowerment). As part of these efforts, the familiar Housing Blueprint that serves as the framework for all of the agency’s work has evolved to show a more complex and accurate picture of HCD’s goals, particularly as they have changed with the advent of sequestration and the agency’s acceptance into HUD’s Moving to Work program. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
December Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting POSTPONED
Meeting Rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 17

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Friday, December 13, 2013 has been postponed and is rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m., in a location to be determined.  Please stay tuned to e-ffordable.org for updates.   

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
REMINDER: Applications Sought for Blueprint Funding Projects
Applications to be accepted through December 31 and evaluated on first-come, first-serve basis


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is still accepting applications for projects using available Housing Blueprint funds. The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2014 Housing Blueprint. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
HCD to Host Training for Nonprofits on Census Data-Access
Training sessions to be held on Dec. 6, Dec. 11; Space is Limited


The Department of Housing and Community Development is extending an opportunity to nonprofit partners to attend a training focused on utilizing data from the United States Census Bureau.  The training sessions will be held on December 6 and 11; space is limited.  Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
FCRHA Authorizes Funding to Nonprofits for Affordable Housing Acquisition
Four Local Nonprofits Receive Community Development Block Grant Funding
The FCRHA authorized deferred loans using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to four local nonprofit organizations, The Brain Foundation; Community Havens, Inc.; Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services; and Cornerstones Housing Corporation. These funds are designated for the acquisition of additional affordable housing units in the county. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Robert Easley Named New HCD Deputy Director
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce that Robert Easley has been selected to serve as deputy director for operations for the agency.  Mr. Easley joined HCD in March of 2011 as director of the Financial Management Division, and has served as acting deputy director since March of 2012.  Mr. Easley will oversee six HCD divisions:  Administration; Asset Management; Financial Management; Information Systems and Services; Property Management; and Rental Services. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Coan Pond Residences Celebrates 20 Years of Housing Excellence
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Coan Pond Residences, and honored the life of its late namesake, former FCRHA Commissioner Carl A. S. Coan, Jr. Members of the Coan family joined FCRHA commissioners and Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) staff past and present for a small ceremony followed by a tour of the property.Click here to read the full article.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Work Continues on FY 2015 THRIVE Blueprint
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) continues to shape and strengthen its THRIVE initiative (Total Housing Reinvention for Individual Success, Vital Services and Economic Empowerment). As part of these efforts, the familiar Housing Blueprint that serves as the framework for all of the agency’s work has evolved to show a more complex and accurate picture of HCD’s goals, particularly as they have changed with the advent of sequestration and the agency’s acceptance into HUD’s Moving to Work program.

A draft of the newly named Fiscal Year 2015 THRIVE Blueprint was presented to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee on September 27, and then to the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee at their October 1 meeting.  

HCD staff continues to work on developing the THRIVE Blueprint.  The Blueprint will be reviewed by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee in January 2014, and will then be brought back to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
SPECIAL ALERT:
  Housing Blueprint Funding Details Now Available Online
Applications to be accepted through December 31 and evaluated on first-come, first-serve basis
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) hosted a Developer Dialogue on Friday, Sept. 6 and shared details about the available Housing Blueprint funds with a packed room of affordable housing developers. The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2014 Housing Blueprint.

The application form, along with details about funding requirements and responses to questions received at the Sept. 6 developer forum can also be found on e-ffordable.org.

Applications will be accepted until 4 PM on December 31 for up to $5 million for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County Please keep in mind that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis , and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To view materials and additional information from the Affordable Housing Developer Dialogue event, click here.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
SPECIAL ALERT: Fairfax County Request for Proposals for HOME CHDO Affordable Housing Projects FY 2014 - Applications Due October 18

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces the availability of funds under the federal Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. Project proposals are being solicited to construct, acquire, or rehabilitate affordable housing.

Preference will be given to projects meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Include preservation and acquisition of affordable housing; and/or
  • Result in affordable housing that is accessible to disabled persons; and/or
  • Serve extremely low income households (at or below 30% Area Median Income (AMI))
  • Incorporate Fairfax County’s Consolidated Plan and Housing Blueprint objectives
  • Support Fairfax County’s Housing First initiative which provides people who are homeless permanent housing first, along with supportive services, instead of placing them into shelters
  • Provide beneficiaries with direct access to public transportation and/or community retail centers and/or supportive services; and/or
  • Projects that can be completed by the applicant within a 12 month timeframe upon receipt award funds.

Up to $650,000 in HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds is available under this Request for Proposals, subject to the final HOME grant amount as approved by Congress and distributed by HUD. An application is available online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/chdorfp/fy2014.htm.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Reminder:
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 27


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon 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.  

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee to Meet October 1
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 1 at 3:00 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. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
FCRHA Again Receives Perfect Score, “High Performer” Designation from HUD for Housing Choice Voucher Program

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 2013.  The FCRHA has earned high performer status for many years running. 

Regarding the FCRHA’s high performer status, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) DC Field Office for Public Housing “congratulates the FCRHA on receiving the High Performer designation and for the hard work in administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.”

SEMAP is used by HUD to measure housing agency performance in key areas of the Housing Choice Voucher.  SEMAP assesses housing agency performance on 14 key indicators including selection procedures, timeliness of re-certifications, enforcement of housing quality standards, policies and practices for determining rent reasonableness, and other related areas.

Planning Commission Schedules Work Sessions, Public Hearing on Proposed Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment

To ensure that the public has ample time to understand and comment on the proposed Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors directed the county’s Planning Commission to conduct additional outreach to the community, in the form of work sessions.  This opportunity is provided in light of the proposed amendment allowing the use of Residential Studio Units with special exception approval in most residential, commercial, and industrial districts or in all planned development districts as part of a rezoning or with a special exception approval. Click here to read the full article.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
SPECIAL ALERT:  Housing Blueprint Funds Available
Funding Available for Affordable Housing Projects; Dialogue Event Sept. 6

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in Housing Blueprint funds for the development of affordable housing projects in Fairfax County. HCD will be accepting applications from experienced developers on a first-come, first-served rolling basis beginning on September 11 and ending on December 31.

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2014 Housing Blueprint. Specifically, the funding is intended to be used to fund projects that will serve:

    • Those with extremely low incomes, particularly those who are homeless or disabled (20% of units must serve households at or below 30%AMI);
    • Low income working families (60% of units must serve households at or below 50% AMI); and
    • Moderate income workforce (20% of the units must serve households between 51%AMI  to no greater than 100%AMI)

It is anticipated that the available funding will be used in combination with other sources such as private equity and financing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to successfully complete proposed projects. 

A “Developer Dialogue” event on this funding opportunity will be held Friday, September 6 at 1:30 p.m. 

The Developer Dialogue will be held at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development office, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 1:30 to 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.  

Stay tuned to e-ffordable.org for more information in the coming days!

Thursday, August 22, 2013
SPECIAL ALERT:
FCRHA to Receive 15 Additional Housing Vouchers for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that additional funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers is being awarded to local housing authorities across the country.  The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will receive a total of 15 new VASH vouchers. 

These 15 vouchers are in addition to the 48 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.  The additional VASH vouchers will become available to the FCRHA immediately and will provide housing for veterans and their families starting this fall. Click here to read the full article.

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 27


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon 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.  


Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) elected Elisabeth Lardner, Mount Vernon District for a third term, and elected Willard Jasper, At-Large, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, at its meeting on Thursday, July 25.

Commissioner Larder was appointed to the FCRHA in 2001 and has served as chairman for the past three years. She has more than 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, planning and urban design, and currently works as 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 in the area. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
FCRHA Bids Farewell to Former Vice Chairman Richard C. Sullivan
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) bids a fond farewell to former Vice-Chair Richard (Rip) C. Sullivan, Jr., Dranesville District.  Mr. Sullivan resigned from the FCRHA to accept an appointment to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Mr. Sullivan was appointed to the FCRHA in 2009 and served as vice-chair for two years. He has played a critical role in a variety of policy decisions, and also served as a member of the FCRHA’s Planning and Development and Finance committees. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Board of Supervisors Holds Public Hearing on Crescent Apartments
The Board of Supervisors is now in the process of entering into an “interim agreement” with Lake Anne Development Partners for the redevelopment of the Crescent Apartments property in Reston, as part of the larger revitalization of Lake Anne.  The Crescent, which features 181 garden style multi-family affordable units on 16.5 acres, is owned by the Board of Supervisors.  The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) operates the Crescent as affordable rental housing on behalf of the Board, under a long-term lease. The redevelopment project will be expected to both provide a one-on-one replacement of the 181 affordable units and produce additional affordable units. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
FCRHA Approves Entering into Moving to Work Agreement with HUD
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved entering into a formal Moving to Work (MTW) Agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at its July 25 meeting. This represents one of the final steps necessary in making the FCRHA an official MTW agency.  Once the agreement is finalized and signed, the FCRHA will be able to begin work on its planned MTW initiatives.  Stay tuned to e-ffordable.org for more information in the near future, as the FCRHA continues the process of becoming a Moving to Work agency.

Mondloch Place Nears Completion
Redevelopment of the supportive housing facility is on track for tenant move-ins this fall

The redevelopment of the former Mondloch House is going strong, and is on track to have the first of its tenants move into the facility this fall. The new “Mondloch Place” will offer 19 fully furnished efficiency rental units with onsite supportive services to formerly homeless individuals and be operated by New Hope Housing. Constructed under existing zoning, the facility is being rehabilitated under the leadership of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). The residents of Mondloch Place can expect to find a very supportive environment where they can pursue greater self-sufficiency through job training, life skills training, healthcare and case management. Construction is expected to be completed in September. Click here to read the full article.

Reston Interfaith is now Cornerstones
Leading Local Non-Profit has New Name, Same Mission


The Reston Interfaith Board of Directors has voted to change the organization’s name to “Cornerstones.” The change does not to signal a change in mission; rather it is intended to reflect the organization’s efforts to be increasingly more inclusive of its supporters in Reston and beyond.  Reston Interfaith - now Cornerstones - has provided human services to over 250,000 individuals during its 43-year history, and is a partner of long standing with Fairfax County in the delivery of affordable housing, including as part of the collaborative of nonprofit organizations which operates the county’s Bridging Affordability program. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Board Authorizes Public Hearing on Interim Development Agreement for The Crescent
Apartments in Reston
Hearing set for July 30 on Potential Agreement with Lake Anne Development Partners LLC

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized a public hearing on an Interim Development Agreement with Lake Anne Development Partners, LLC (LADP) for the redevelopment of the Crescent property in Reston as part of the larger revitalization of Lake Anne. The Crescent, which features 181 garden style multi-family affordable units on 16.5 acres, is owned by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and leased to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). 

The Crescent has been earmarked for revitalization early last year the county issued a request for proposals from potential developers. The redevelopment plans call for the replacement of all existing 181 units of affordable housing and the addition of units affordable as workforce housing. The July 30 public hearing, to be held at 4:30 pm in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035-0072, will allow residents to comment on the Interim Development Agreement with LADP as the potential developer for the project. Persons wishing to testify may register online or by telephone at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Sequestration Update
Details are slowly becoming clearer as more is known about long-term impacts

The federal funding cuts known commonly as sequestration went into effect in March 2013, but for many government agencies the full effect of these cuts is still largely unknown. However, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), working in concert with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget, has received guidance on dealing with the known impact to some of the county’s housing and grant programs.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV):  The final amount anticipated for the HCV program for Calendar Year 2013 (CY 2013) is $42,925,845. The good news is that HUD will not take an offset an thus the worst-case scenario in terms of utilizing the Bridging Affordability funding for Housing Assistance Payments will likely not take place. However, the FCRHA will be required to fully deplete its reserve to fund existing voucher holders through the end of FY 2014. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Financing Plan for Renovation of Lincolnia Center Approved by FCRHA
Bond Financing up to $13 Million Authorized by FCRHA

The FCRHA authorized the use of bond financing not to exceed $13 million for the renovation of The Lincolnia Center in Alexandria. The financing will go to the Board of Supervisors for approval in the fall.  The complex includes senior housing, an assisted living facility, a senior center and an adult day health care center. The rehabilitation is expected to include replacement of the HVAC system and the emergency generator, extensive interior renovations and upgrades to the lighting and fire alarm systems, and the construction of an accessible walkway between the building complex and the adjacent athletic field. The renovation is expected to begin in late 2013.

Comprised of a former elementary school building, the Lincolnia Center complex (located in the Mason District) was originally constructed in 1949. A new addition was completed in 1988, and the building was then converted into a facility for senior living services. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
June 28th Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 28, 2013 has been cancelled.  The next full AHAC meeting is scheduled for September 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Fairfax County Awards “Bridging Affordability” Contract to Northern Virginia Family Service
Local Non-Profit, Partners to Continue Administering Locally-Funded Rental Subsidy Program
The Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced the award of Bridging Affordability funds in the amount of $7,497,489 to Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).  The award will enable NVFS and its non-profit partners to continue the Bridging Affordability Program and will provide rental subsidies and supportive services to approximately 250 new very-low income households.  This is the second round of Bridging Affordability funding awarded to NVFS; the original contract has a total value of approximately $5.3 million, nearly all of which has already been expended on or committed to families participating in the program. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Update: Federal Sequestration and the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Board of Supervisors, FCRHA Act to Prevent Terminations; Issuance of New Aid Still Suspended
Budget “sequestration” continues to have wide-ranging effects on a number of federal programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As previously reported, sequestration has forced the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to implement an approximately $2.5 million reduction in Calendar Year 2013 funding for the voucher program, which required the agency to stop leasing new tenants.

At its April 25 meeting, the FCRHA authorized the cancelation of all project based vouchers (PBV) awarded under their most recent competition, to include PBV awarded to the FCRHA for its own properties.  In addition to the decision to cancel PBV awards, the FCRHA voted to continue suspension of all new leasing, including those for occupants of PBV units wishing to move. The FCRHA did agree to allow leasing of existing PBV units as the units turn over due to residents moving out. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services Wins Award
Nonprofit Receives 2013 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from The Washington Post
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. has received The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.  The award, announced on May 23, recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization. 

Good Shepherd Housing strives to reduce homelessness among the working poor, elderly, and persons with disabilities through the rental of housing units with supportive services, the awarding of grants to prevent evictions, and the provision of financial counseling and education to its clients.  A partner with Fairfax County on several affordable housing and homelessness prevention initiatives, Good Shepherd Housing has received funding including Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program awards through the county.  Good Shepherd Housing is also a partner with Northern Virginia Family Service in administering Fairfax County’s Bridging Affordability rental subsidy program.  Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Advisory Committee Co-Chair to Receive Award from the National Housing Conference
Conrad Egan to be Honored at NHC Annual Gala in June
Congratulations to Affordable Housing Advisory Committee co-chair Conrad Egan, who will receive the Carl Coan, Sr. Award for Public Service to Affordable Housing from the National Housing Conference at its Annual Housing Person of the Year Gala on June 21.

Mr. Egan has had a long and distinguished career in affordable housing. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Egan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Housing Conference. He served the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as Director of the Office of Multifamily Housing Management and later as Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD. He served as Executive Vice President of NHP Inc., one of the Nation’s largest multifamily property owners and managers. He also served as the Executive Director of the Millennial Housing Commission. Mr. Egan is a former chairman of the Chairman of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee to Meet May 7
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 7, at 3:00 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. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Draft Priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool FY 2015-16 Cycle Released
Public Comment Opportunity Open Until May 14, 2013

The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) has released the Draft Priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) for the next two-year CCFP cycle for FY 2015-2016.

The CCFAC is inviting the public to provide comments either in writing or in person.  Written comments can be provided via email to: David Jones, Senior Program Manager, Department of Housing and Community Development, at david.jones@fairfaxcounty.gov or mailed to Mr. Jones at 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.  All written comments must be received on or before Tuesday, May 14. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
FCRHA Authorizes Partnership with Office to Prevent and End Homelessness
15 Units Provided to People who are Homeless or At- Risk of Being Homeless

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) recently authorized a new partnership with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH). The partnership calls for the leasing of 15 units at Wedgewood Apartments to persons who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. These units will be used to provide residents with stable housing as they work with OPEH to develop and maintain skills enabling them to become more self-sufficient and remain in permanent housing. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
“The Residences at Government Center” Takes Another Step Forward
FCRHA Authorizes Bonds to Help Finance Construction of New Affordable Housing Community
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, the issuance of Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds not to exceed $29 million for the purpose of financing the construction of the 270-unit multifamily housing development known as The Residences at Government Center. This innovative public-private partnership project will be built on the campus of the Government Center in the Braddock District, and will include green buildings; low-impact and sustainable design features; and amenities such as garage parking and fitness and children’s play areas. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, March 29, 2013

SPECIAL REPORT:  Sequestration and Housing Choice Vouchers
FCHRA Must Suspend New Lease-ups in Critical Federal Housing Program

Due to the federal budget “sequestration” and based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as to anticipated reduced funding levels for the year, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has notified applicants and partners that the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will suspend new leasing in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program until further notice.  Individuals and families currently leased up under the program are not expected to be affected.

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, March 1, 2013

NEW DATE: 
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, March 15
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is now scheduled for Friday, March 15 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.  

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

Special Alert: Inclement Weather/Jan. 28th Advisory Committee Workshop

Weather forecasters are predicting a chance of freezing rain tomorrow morning, January 28th. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Workshop, planned for tomorrow at 9:30 AM at the Fairfax County Government Center, will take place as scheduled, unless Fairfax County Government offices are closed. If the county has "unscheduled leave", the workshop will still take place, understanding that participants may arrive late. If the county is closed, the workshop will be cancelled.  To check the county's operating status, please tune to local news outlets or visit the county's emergency information site at http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/.

 

 

 

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