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Friday, December 19, 2014
FCRHA to hold Public Hearing on Interim Development Agreement for North Hill

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will hold a public hearing on a proposed Interim Agreement with CHPPENN I, LLC for the development of the North Hill area in Alexandria.

The public hearing will be held during the FCRHA regular meeting on January, 29, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at One University Plaza (4500 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia).  All persons wishing to speak on this subject may call Navneet Sohi at 703-246-5260 to be placed on the Speaker’s List.

Citizens can view a copy of the proposed Interim Agreement at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha or by clicking here. Those wishing to comment on the proposed Interim Agreement may do so by writing to the attention of Rex Peters, Associate Director, Design, Development and Construction Division, at the Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 or via email at Rex.Peters@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For additional information or questions about the Public Hearing, please contact Rex Peters, at 703-246-5143.

Click here to view graphics showing existing conditions and the proposed development plan.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Fairfax County Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2016-2020 Being Developed

Fairfax County is currently developing the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2016 – 2020 and One-Year Action Plan for FY 2016.  The Consolidated Plan is required for funding three key federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). 

The Five-Year Plan identifies a wide range of needs, current programs and strategies, and gaps and priorities for housing, community service, homeless, community development, neighborhood preservation and revitalization, employment, and economic opportunity programs and services in the county.  It also includes broad goals and objectives to address priority needs with the use of resources available through the Consolidated Plan.  The One-Year Action Plan for FY 2016 will identify the proposed use of funds for the three federal programs.

The Consolidated Plan schedule is provided to further encourage citizen participation in the preparation of the documents.  Click here to view the timeline. Additional information regarding the Consolidated Plan process and opportunities for citizen participation, please contact Stephen Knippler at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development at either 703-246-5170, TTY 703-385-3578 or stephen.knippler@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dec. 19th Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Postponed; New Date to Be Announced

Special Message from Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Co-Chair Kerrie Wilson:  I am writing to share the sad news that founding AHAC member and longtime affordable housing and community activist Bill Hanks passed away on Monday.    Bill’s funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 11 AM at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA. 

Out of respect for Bill and understanding many AHAC members may want to attend his services, tomorrow’s (12/19/14) meeting scheduled AHAC meeting will be postponed to January.  We will be announcing the new date as soon as that information becomes available.  In the meantime, please keep Bill’s family and many friends in your thoughts.

Thank you.

Kerrie Wilson

Monday, December 15, 2014
New Deputy Director of Real Estate at HCD
Hossein Malayeri has been selected as the Deputy Director of Real Estate for Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  Since joining the agency in 2012, Hossein has served as Director of the Design, Development and Construction Division.

Hossein came to HCD after a 25 year career with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES).  Among Hossein’s many accomplishments at DPWES, he had overall project management responsibilities for the new Public Safety Headquarters now being constructed next to the Herrity Building, and the development of the 100-acre West Ox Road complex for a variety of state and county agencies, including the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) and other critical public facilities on the site. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Five-Year FCRHA Strategic Plan Extended
To facilitate the upcoming change in leadership at the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in January 2015, due to the retirement of Paula Sampson, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has approved extending the currently adopted Five-Year Strategic Plan through Fiscal Year 2016. The extension will allow for the new Director to participate meaningfully in the development of the next five-year plan. The Plan was set to expire on June 30, 2015.

Monday, December 15, 2014
New Virginia Economy

In August 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 26 establishing The New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee. The executive order established the priorities that will form the foundation of the Governor’s economic development plan for the remainder of his term in office.

On December 5, Governor McAuliffe released "New Virginia Economy," his administration's recommendations for how to reposition the state economy to support more private sector jobs. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, December 15, 2014
RAD Cap Lifted in "Cromnibus" Spending Legislation for Fiscal Year 2015
The new legislation will Raise the RAD cap to 185,000 units


On Saturday, December 13, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" spending bill. The legislation, approved by the House on December 11, combines a three-month continuing resolution (CR) for the Department of Homeland Security - the agency that will implement President Obama's executive action on immigration - with 11 full spending bills for the remaining government agencies through the end of federal Fiscal Year 2015. The spending legislation includes language to raise the RAD cap to 185,000 units of Public Housing.Click here to read the full article.

Monday, December 15, 2014
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 Wednesday, Dec. 24 and will be closed all day on Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26. Offices will reopen on Monday, Dec. 29. Offices will be closed again on Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Jan. 2. Offices will reopen on Monday Jan. 5.


Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 21, 2014
HCD Director Paula Sampson meets with HUD Secretary Castro
Urges HUD to lift RAD “Cap” during FY 2015 funding cycle
On Thursday, November 6, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director Paula Sampson, and other members of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) and the “Lift the RAD Cap Coalition” met with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need to lift the 60,000 unit cap on the number of Public Housing units that can be converted to the Section 8 subsidy under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has applied to HUD to convert its 1,060 unit Public Housing portfolio under RAD. However, the FCRHA’s units cannot be converted until the RAD “cap” is lifted.Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 21, 2014
FCRHA Applies for Additional VASH Vouchers to Help Veterans
At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has submitted an application to HUD for an additional 17 Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) vouchers. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Cornerstones Housing Corporation Acquires Limited Partnership Interest in Apartments at North Point
On October 30, Cornerstones Housing Corporation closed on the acquisition of the limited partnership interests in the Apartments at North Point, in the Hunter Mill District. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 7, 2014
REMINDER: ONE WEEK LEFT! - Application Deadline November 14, 2014
Request for Proposal (RFP) for FY 2015 Affordable Housing Funds Available!
Clarification to Required Documentation

IMPORTANT:  The Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) application has been updated to clarify that evidence of area Supervisor notification is required; this is consistent with the funding announcement. The previous version of the AHPP application incorrectly stated that a letter of Supervisor support was required.  Click here to see ADDENDUM No. 1. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Notice of Public Hearing - Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will conduct a public hearing on its draft revised “Moving to Work” Plan for Fiscal Year 2015.  The hearing is being conducted in compliance with United States Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements for public housing agencies amending a Moving to Work Plan. The revision to the Moving to Work Plan is the elimination of flat rents in the Public Housing program.Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Dates in 2015
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meetings for 2015 are now posted on e-ffordable.org Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Kurt Creager Appointed Next Director of Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
Succeeds Paula Sampson, Who Will Retire After 22 Years of Distinguished Service

On Oct. 7 the Board of Supervisors appointed Kurt Creager as the next director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  Mr. Creager will succeed Paula Sampson, who is retiring in January after more than 22 years of dedicated service to Fairfax County, including 15 years as HCD Director. Mr. Creager is expected to start on Oct. 27 and will spend the next few months transitioning responsibilities with Ms. Sampson. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Mondloch Place Wins NACCED Award
National Recognitions Keep Coming for Innovative County Project

Mondloch Place has received another national award!  It is the winner of the 2014 NACCED Award of Excellence in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program category.  Mondloch Place is located in the Alexandria portion of the county and is owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and operated by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) and New Hope Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing and support services provider. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 10, 2014
REMINDER:
Request for Proposal (RFP) for FY 2015 Affordable Housing Funds Available!
Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) Application and Guidelines Now Posted
Application Deadline November 14, 2014


A total of up to $8.8 million in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County.
The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2015 Housing Blueprint. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 10, 2014
REMINDER:
Fairfax County Wants Your Help in Planning Housing and Human Service Programs

Public Forums Begin October 8

The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to participate in a public hearing and public forum to help identify housing and other human services needs to be addressed in the county’s FY 2016-2020 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which is currently in development and will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) next year. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 3, 2014
REMINDER AND UPDATE
Request for Proposal (RFP) for FY 2015 Affordable Housing Funds Available!
Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) Application and Guidelines Now Posted
Application Deadline November 14, 2014


A total of up to $8.8 million in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County.
The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2015 Housing Blueprint.

There are two separate applications:

  • Multifamily Projects (six or more units) will apply via the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Partnership Program (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/ahpp.htm).  Click here for more information. Multifamily projects are expected to use combination with other sources such as private equity and financing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to successfully complete proposed projects.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The AHPP application and guidelines have now been posted to the AHPP webpage at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/ahpp.htm.  
  • Scattered Site Projects (five units or fewer) will apply utilizing the application materials available here Scattered site projects using federal funding must serve seniors, the homeless and persons with disabilities, with a preference for projects serving persons in these populations with extremely low incomes (30 percent of Area Median Income and below).  Projects serving senior/homeless and/or persons with disabilities with extremely low incomes may be considered for 100 percent funding.  Further information is available here.

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Fairfax County Wants Your Help in Planning Housing and Human Service Programs
Public Forums Begin October 8

The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to participate in a public hearing and public forum to help identify housing and other human services needs to be addressed in the county’s FY 2016-2020 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which is currently in development and will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) next year. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 26
Special Start Time: 9:45 – Supervisor Hudgins to Speak


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, September 26 from 9:45 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9 and 10.  

This important meeting will feature a special appearance and remarks by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee.  The meeting will end with a thank you reception for outgoing Advisory Committee Co-Chair Conrad Egan.  The meeting agenda and available materials are available here. 

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, September 25, 2014
Kerrie Wilson Appointed Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Co-Chair
Succeeds Long-Time Co-Chair Conrad Egan

Kerrie Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstones, Incorporated, has been appointed by Chairman Sharon Bulova as Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.  Ms. Wilson has served on the AHAC since its inception in 2005, and has regularly chaired special subcommittees of the AHAC over the years, including the committee that has developed the Housing Blueprint.  Ms. Wilson succeeds Conrad Egan, who is stepping down at the conclusion of the September 26, AHAC meeting. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Paula Sampson Announces Retirement from Fairfax County

After 15 years as Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development and 22 years of county service, Paula Sampson has announced her retirement.  Ms. Sampson serves as both the executive director for the county department and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). Click here to read the full article.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, September 26
Special Start Time: 9:45 – Supervisor Hudgins to Speak

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, September 26 from 9:45 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9 and 10.  

This important meeting will feature a special appearance and remarks by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee.  The meeting will end with a thank you reception for outgoing Advisory Committee Co-Chair Conrad Egan.

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, September 19, 2014
It’s Not Too Late! Register for the 2014 NACCED Conference Co-Hosted by Fairfax County 
September 28 - October 1 in Arlington, VA

The National Association for County Community and Economic Development’s (NACCED’s) annual conference and training will be held from Sunday, September 28 to Wednesday, October 1 at the Hyatt – Arlington, Virginia, 1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.  Co-hosted by Fairfax County and other northern Virginia jurisdictions, this event will include sessions on developing holistic communities, Fair Housing compliance, and working with financial institutions.  Participants can look forward to meaningful sessions, the annual Awards Luncheon, and an exciting dinner cruise on the Potomac River.

For more information or to register for the conference, go to: http://www.nacced.org/?page=2014Conf.

Friday, September 19, 2014
FCRHA Honors John Payne on His Retirement

John Payne, Deputy Director of Real Estate at Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), will complete his distinguished service with the county on October 7, 2014.  The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and HCD wish our friend a happy and prosperous retirement. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, September 19, 2014
New VHDA Accessible Housing Registry Launches
On-line Registry Offers Easy Access to Listing of Accessible Housing Units

The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) is creating an Accessible Housing Registry through virginiahousingsearch.com for jurisdictions across the Commonwealth.

This registry offers renters with disabilities, social service providers, advocates, housing locators, property providers, and others a fast, free way to identify and list accessible housing units that are for rent.  The website, which is accessible for people with disabilities, is hosted through Social Serve, a non-profit organization that provides customized housing locators. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SPECIAL ALERT:  Revised Request for Proposal (RFP) for FY 2015 Affordable Housing Funds
Now Available!

Application Deadline November 14, 2014

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $8.8 million* in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County. This funding announcement is part of a solicitation that was previously announced July 31 but later cancelled in order to incorporate feedback from industry partners. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Special Alert: We Need Your Feedback!

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) requests your input on proposed changes to an upcoming FY 2015 solicitation for up to $8.8 million in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County.

Changes are being considered for maximum funding limits, income targeting, leveraging, and the application submission deadline. The proposed changes were discussed during an in-person “Developer’s Dialogue” meeting held at HCD on August 14. Click here to read the full article.

Reminder: Proposed Sales Prices for Workforce Dwelling Units Released
Public comment opportunity open to August 28, 2014


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is accepting written comments on a proposed pricing structure for for-sale Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs).  The WDU program is a proffer-based incentive system designed to encourage voluntary development of new housing affordable to a range of low- and moderate-income workers, particularly in Fairfax County’s high-density areas.Click here to read the full article.

Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Elects New Chairman; Re-elects Vice-Chairman

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) elected Robert Schwaninger, Mason District, and re-elected Willard Jasper, At-Large, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, at its meeting on Thursday, July 31. Click here to read the full article.

New Community Havens Home Opens in Burke
Facility financed with FCRHA funding

On July 29, 2014, Community Havens, Inc. opened a new high support needs home in Burke, Virginia.  The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) provided loan financing in the amount of $300,000 for the acquisition of the land. Additional assistance for the building of the home was provided by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Community Services Boards, the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and other financial institutions and non-profit organizations. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, August 18, 2014
New Report Indicates Inclusionary Zoning Programs Strengthen Housing Affordability
Report highlights initial findings from a first-of-its-kind national directory


Robert Hickey and Lisa Sturtevant of the National Housing Conference, along with Emily Thaden of the National Community Land Trust Network, published Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing, a report revealing how inclusionary zoning programs can strengthen housing affordability.   The Lincoln Land Institute, in partnership with the National Community Land Trust network, sponsored the report which highlights 20 inclusionary zoning programs throughout the country. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Issues The State of the Nation’s Housing 2014
Report shows many communities still struggle
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released The State of the Nation's Housing 2014 report.  The report projects that the nationwide housing recovery should continue, but also faces a number of challenges, including tight credit, continuing elevated unemployment, and mounting student loan debt among young Americans.  These factors, says the report, are moderating growth and keeping millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Special Alert: $8.8 million Solicitation for Affordable Housing Development Cancelled
Solicitation to be revised and re-issued by September 1
Developer Dialogue Will Take Place on Aug. 14


To better meet the needs of industry partners, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will cancel and revise the solicitation announcing the availability of up to $8.8 million in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County.

The agency plans to revise and re-issue the solicitation by September 1 to allow for additional input.  For those interested in providing input into the upcoming revised solicitation, please plan to attend the previously scheduled “Developer Dialogue” on Thursday, August 14 at 2:00pm.

The meeting will be held at the offices of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited: Please RSVP by August 11 to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

The planned funding will further the goals of the FY 2015 Housing Blueprint.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
SPECIAL ALERT: 
Up to $8.8 Million Available for Affordable Housing Development
Housing Blueprint, Federal Funds Available on First-Come Basis through Dec. 31;
Developer Dialogue to be Held Aug. 14


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $8.8 million* in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County. HCD will be accepting applications from experienced developers on a first-come, first-served rolling basis beginning on August 1 and ending on December 31.

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2015 Housing Blueprint.

There are two separate applications:
  • Multifamily Projects (six or more units) will apply via the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Partnership Program (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/ahpp.htm).  Click here for more information. Multifamily projects using local funds will be expected to leverage resources; the maximum local subsidy per unit will be capped at $50,000.  Multifamily projects are expected to use combination with other sources such as private equity and financing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to successfully complete proposed projects. 

  • Scattered Site Projects (five units or fewer) will apply utilizing the application materials available hereScattered site projects using federal funding must serve seniors, the homeless and persons with disabilities, with a preference for projects serving persons in these populations with extremely low incomes (30 percent of Area Median Income and below).  Projects serving senior/homeless and/or persons with disabilities with extremely low incomes may be considered for 100 percent funding. 

A “Developer Dialogue” event on this funding opportunity will be held Thursday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. 

The August 14 Developer Dialogue will be held at the offices of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the HCD Center from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by August 11 to 703-246-5260, TTY: 703-385-3578 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

*Note: The availability of approximately $1.4 million in federal funding is subject to Board of Supervisors action on the FY 2014 Budget Carryover Review on September 9. 

Friday, July 18, 2014
Mondloch Place Wins NACo Award
Project Receives Additional National Recognition
The National Association of Counties (NACo) announced that Mondloch Place has received a 2014 Achievement Award, one of nine awards Fairfax County received from NACo.  Mondloch Place is located in the Alexandria portion of the county and offers 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units, with on-site supportive services, for formerly homeless individuals.  Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Residences at the Government Center Takes a Big Step Forward
VHDA Provides 9 Percent Tax Credits for Development Near Government Center Complex
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has provided an allocation of 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the development of the Residences at the Government Center, a complex located near the Fairfax County Government Center in the Braddock District.  It is expected that with this important tool, $33.36 million in private investment will be generated  and allow the project to go forward.Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Progress Continues on Kate’s Place
Construction of Six Units of Affordable Housing is Halfway Completed!
In its continuing efforts to reduce homelessness, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, is constructing six units of permanent supportive  housing adjacent to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in the Springfield District.  The six units, known as “Kate’s Place,” will be occupied by extremely low income and formerly homeless families. The development will be operated by the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.Kate’s Place is being built as two separate three-unit buildings. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Proposed Sales Prices for Workforce Dwelling Units Released
Public Comment Opportunity Open to  August 28, 2014
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is accepting written comments on a proposed pricing structure for for-sale Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs).  The WDU program is a proffer-based incentive system designed to encourage voluntary development of new housing affordable to a range of low- and moderate-income workers, particularly in Fairfax County’s high-density areas. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 18, 2014
National Low Income Housing Coalition Out of Reach 2014 Report Available to Public
Report Highlights Growing Gap Between Wages and Rents Nationwide
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2014, its annual report on rental affordability in the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Out of Reach. The study includes an analysis of data for each state, county and metropolitan statistical area 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).  The analysis shows that there is no state where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Amends Schedule of Meeting Dates for Calendar Year 2014
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) rescheduled the October 30, 2014 FCRHA meeting to November 13, 2014, due to a conflict with the 2014 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference.

Monday, June 23, 2014
June 27th Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 27, 2014 has been cancelled.  The next full AHAC meeting is scheduled for September 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, June 27
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference 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, June 3, 2014
Board of Supervisors Adopts FY 2015 Budget                                                             
Housing Blueprint Funding Included
On April 29, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the FY 2015 budget.  The adopted budget includes funding for Housing Blueprint priorities, including $5 million for production/preservation of up to approximately 160 affordable units under the “Housing Blueprint Project”, as well as $1.9 million for the Bridging Affordability rental subsidy program.  (The FY 2015 Housing Blueprint can be viewed online here.) 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
HUD Approves Amended FCRHA FY 2014 Moving to Work Plan
FCRHA Moves Forward with Steps to Ensure Sustainability of Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing Programs

On May 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) amended FY 2014 Moving to Work (MTW) Plan. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Change in Leadership at HUD 
Julián Castro Nominated to be New HUD Secretary; Shaun Donovan Nominated as OMB Director

On May 23, President Barack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to be the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary.  Mayor Castro would replace Shaun Donovan whom the President nominated to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Click here to read the full article.

Monday, June 2, 2014
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, June 27
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference 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

Monday, June 2, 2014
Board of Supervisors Adopts FY 2015 Budget                                                             
Housing Blueprint Funding Included

On April 29, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the FY 2015 budget.  The adopted budget includes funding for Housing Blueprint priorities, including $5 million for production/preservation of up to approximately 160 affordable units under the “Housing Blueprint Project”, as well as $1.9 million for the Bridging Affordability rental subsidy program.  (The FY 2015 Housing Blueprint can be viewed online here.)  

Monday, June 2, 2014
HUD Approves Amended FCRHA FY 2014 Moving to Work Plan
FCRHA Moves Forward with Steps to Ensure Sustainability of Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing Programs

On May 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) amended FY 2014 Moving to Work (MTW) Plan.

The amended plan includes a critical step to help the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs remain sustainable for the long term in the post-sequestration environment: raising the tenants’ share of rent in both programs from 30 percent of their income to 35 percent. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, June 2, 2014
Change in Leadership at HUD
Julián Castro Nominated to be New HUD Secretary; Shaun Donovan Nominated as OMB Director

On May 23, President Barack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to be the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary.  Mayor Castro would replace Shaun Donovan whom the President nominated to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Julián Castro has been mayor of his hometown, San Antonio, for five years.  His focus was on revitalizing the city and included planning thousands of housing units downtown, attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, and building relationships with mayors across the country.  The Obama Administration named the East Side of San Antonio a Promise Zone, characterized by citizens and the federal government working together to remake the community.  President Obama described Mayor Castro as “a leader in housing and economic development." Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Mondloch Place Wins NALHFA HOME Excellence Award
Recently-Opened Facility Gives Formerly-Homeless Individuals a Place to Call Home
The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA)has selected Mondloch Place as its HOME Excellence Award winner for 2014.   Mondloch Place is located in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County and offers 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units with onsite supportive services to formerly homeless individuals.  The building is owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and is operated by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) and New Hope Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing and support services provider. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Passing of JoAnne Ibrahim
Long-time HCD Employee Provided Staff support to Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
JoAnne Ibrahim, former Administrative Assistant for the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), passed away early Sunday morning, March 9.  JoAnne served Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) from 2003 to 2013, retiring on November 15, 2013.  During those ten years, she served as administrative assistant to the HCD Director, and distinguished herself as a trusted and reliable point of contact for FCRHA commissioners, Board members and our many partners in the community.  JoAnne served as primary administrative staff for the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee, the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and numerous ad hoc citizen committees. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
FCRHA Adopts FY 2015 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Guides Efforts in Priority Strategic Areas
At its meeting on March 6, 2014, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its FY 2015 Strategic Plan-Action Plan, covering July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, driven by the FY 2015 Housing Blueprint.  The Strategic Plan-Action Plan provides an overview of the major FCRHA activities and projects – and their anticipated FY 2015 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. Click here to read the full article

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Braddock Glen Ranked as “Top Senior Living Community”
Excellence Award Places Community in Top One Percent Nationwide
Braddock Glen Assisted Living was ranked as one of the top senior communities on SeniorAdvisor.com, an online ratings and reviews site for senior living communities nationwide.  The SeniorAdvisor 2013 Excellence Award recognizes senior living communities who receive consistently high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families and visitors. This exclusive designation is awarded to less than one percent of communities nationwide. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Non-Profit Dialogue Focuses on Changes to Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Programs
Attendees Express Support for Policies

On Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, representatives of non-profit service providers gathered to receive information from Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on changes included in the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Plan that would affect their clients.  Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Training Helps Staff Access Data from U.S. Census Bureau
On Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, several county and non-profit staff attended a training session conducted by a representative of the United States Census Bureau.  At the computer-based training, participants navigated through the U.S. Census Bureau web site and were taught characteristics of the Decennial Census, American Community Survey and Population Estimates data programs so they could choose the right program for the kind of household or housing information they desired.  Participants also became familiar with American FactFinder, the Census Bureau's primary data-access tool.  Hands-on exercises inside American FactFinder and other data-access tools helped participants apply their newly-gained knowledge to work-related data searches. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, March 28

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference 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, Feb. 21, 2014
RESCHEDULED: Training for Nonprofits on Census Data-Access
Training Sessions to be Held on Mar. 7; Space is Limited
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) invites nonprofit partners to attend a training focused on utilizing data from the United States Census Bureau.  The training sessions, which were canceled in December, will now be held on March 7. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Local Nonprofits Receive HOME Investment Partnerships Program Funding
FCRHA Authorizes Funding for Affordable Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has authorized deferred loans to three local nonprofit organizations using federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds.Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee to Meet February 4


The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4 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. 31, 2014
Center for Regional Analysis Releases New Housing the Region’s Future Workforce Report
 
The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis recently released a report, “Housing the Region’s Future Workforce 2012-2032,” which analyzes the future housing demand associated with projected job growth in the Washington DC metropolitan area over the next twenty years.  This report is an update to the Center’s October 2011 report. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Fairfax County to Participate in the Fourth Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo 2014

The fourth annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Robert E. Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA.

NoVA Expo 2014, a regional affordable housing event, will showcase both rental and homeownership opportunities for individuals and families across a spectrum of income levels. NoVA Expo 2014 will feature workshops and exhibits designed to educate attendees about location options, being prepared for buying or renting and more. Exhibitors will include area non-profits, local governments and lending institutions to provide attendees with a wealth of information on housing programs, financing, and rental and homeownership options. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

SPECIAL ALERT

REMINDER: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 17


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, in Room 120C, which is accessed through the Cafeteria on the first floor of the 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.  

 

 

 

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