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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Happy Holidays! Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Closed for Thanksgiving HolidayHCD will be closed November 26 and 27 in Observance of Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

Special Alert: Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is December 18


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 4 and 5.

AHAC’s 2016 meeting schedule can be viewed on e-ffordable.org.

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.

Fairfax County FCRHA Win Best “In My Backyard (IMBY)” Award at the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Conference
On November 19, 2015, Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) were among five winners of the 2015 Virginia Housing Awards, which were announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe and awarded at the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. Click here to read the full article.

HUD Announces New Rule Making Public Housing Smoke-Free
Proposed Rule Open for Public Comment for 60 Days
On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed rule to make the nation’s public housing properties entirely smoke-free.  HUD’s proposed rule would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments within 18 months of the final rule.  Read HUD’s proposed rule.Click here to read the full article.

HUD Reports Homelessness Continues to Decline Nationally
Progress uneven as some communities combat a housing affordability crisis

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s ‘point-in-time’ estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year.  Click here to read the full article.

E-ffordable Tip

Providing Shelter from the Cold and Saving Lives

As we move into December, colder weather will become more of the norm here in Fairfax County. So for those without a home, who are forced to spend the night sleeping outside, it could be a frightening and potentially life-threatening reality.
To help vulnerable neighbors survive the winter, Fairfax County provides overnight shelter with a “no turn-away” policy at all emergency homeless shelters during freezing weather. From late November through March, the County also provides the Hypothermia Prevention Program, a countywide community network of overnight shelters. Through this program last winter, nonprofits and faith-based community partners provided 1,061 men and women with a safe, warm place to sleep. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC)
Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 9 & 10
Fairfax, Virginia  22035
The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to participate in a public hearing to help identify housing and other human services needs to be addressed in the county’s FY 2017 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan. The Plan 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, Oct. 23, 2015
VIDEO: Fairfax County Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Affordable Dwelling Unit Program
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program in Fairfax County. The ADU program was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 11, 1989, and went into effect on July 31, 1990, as part of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development would like to share a video that provides a brief history and overview of the ADU program. To view the video, please click here. This video premiered at the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 29.   

For more housing related videos from Fairfax County, click here.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
HUD Celebrates 50 Years!
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Housing and Urban Development Act into law, establishing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a ‘new and needed instrument’ to confront the nation’s housing and urban challenges. True to its mission, HUD has continuously worked closely with state and local leaders to promote homeownership, support community development, and increase access to affordable housing, free from discrimination. 
Click here to learn more.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Aging in Place: Housing Authorities Confront the Nation's Quiet Crisis Facing Seniors
In a nation with a large and growing older population and a shortage of affordable, senior-friendly rental units, housing authorities are tackling what has been called a quiet crisis. As they work to help older Americans stay independent, housing authorities have used innovative approaches and partnerships. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Virginia Governor's Housing Conference: Nov. 18-20, 2015
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference on Nov. 18-20. The conference will include a variety of plenary sessions led by experts in housing, finance and community development, and several networking opportunities at the commonwealth’s largest housing event. For more information, visit http://www.vagovernorshousingconference.com/.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Special Alert: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Now Scheduled as Executive Committee Meeting on September 25th
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2015 will instead be an Executive Committee meeting from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 9 and 10. All AHAC members are welcome to attend.

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. 16, 2015
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for September 29th

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready for an Emergency?


Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? During the month, Fairfax County Emergency Management Office will be focusing on several specific hazards, encouraging communities to be better prepared for them and offering suggestions on steps to take to be ready. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Just in Case: FCRHA Senior Housing Facilities Get Emergency Generators
During storms and other emergency situations, power outages may occur. In an effort to enhance senior property emergency preparedness, The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is increasing the number of generators installed at Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) senior housing facilities.
Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Now Available for Public Comment: FY 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Repot (CAPER)


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2015.  The FY 2015 CAPER evaluates the county’s use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program funds for the period from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.  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.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
HUD Releases Rule Clarifying the Requirements for Relocation of Housing Choice Voucher Participants


On August 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the final rule that clarifies the portability regulations and requirements in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and helps improve the processing of portability requests. Portability refers to a feature of the HCV program that allows an eligible family with a housing choice voucher to use that voucher to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a public housing agency (PHA) operating an HCV program. The new Portability Rule will help increase administrative efficiencies by eliminating confusing and obscure regulatory language, and balancing the needs of PHA’s while increasing family choice.  Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Call the Question: Will the Greater Washington Region Collaborate and Invest to Solve Its Affordable Housing Shortage?

Responding to alarming housing needs data released by the Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, a group of public and private sector stakeholders, known as the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group (GWHLG), came together in June 2014 to discuss how to solve the shortage of affordable housing. These stakeholders examined: 1) the nature of the affordable housing shortage in the greater Washington area; 2) the relationship of housing affordability to economic growth; and 3) strategies to increase affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households in the region. Click here to read the full article.

The Faces of Housing
Residents Return to Lincolnia Senior Housing Development

Smiles Abound as Residents Experience Renovated Buildings
“Thank you so much!” exclaimed one resident as she observed her renovated housing unit.  “I feel like I live in a palace!”

This reaction is reflective of the overall appreciation that residents of the Lincolnia Residences expressed as they returned last month to their building and housing units that contained improvements including new heating and air conditions systems, new flooring and ceiling tiles, redone wall finishes, and new furniture in assisted living units and common areas.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Fairfax County Housing and Community Development Director Kurt Creager Resigns; Tom Fleetwood Named Acting Director
Kurt Creager, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), has resigned to accept a new position as the Director of the Bureau of Housing in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Creager’s last day with HCD was on August 4, 2015.
Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Up to $12 Million in Affordable Housing Capital Funds and Up to 75 Project-Based Vouchers Now Available! Apply Now!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $12 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 2016 Housing Blueprint, consistent with the strategies outlined in Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Fairfax County Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Affordable Dwelling Unit Program
This year, Fairfax County celebrates an important affordable housing milestone– the 25th Anniversary of our Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program. The ADU program has made affordable housing an attainable reality for many residents across Fairfax County, including in many areas where there is otherwise no affordability. 

Since the program adoption by the Board of Supervisors in December 1989, with an effective date of July 31, 1990, over 2,500 ADU units have been produced, greatly helping Fairfax County avoid the concentration of poverty and giving low and moderate-income people a chance to live near job centers and public transportation countywide.  Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Fairfax County Releases Rental Housing Complex Analysis Report
This report, released by the Economic, Demographic and Statistical Research Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, presents the results of the January 2014 Fairfax County Rental Housing Complex Analysis. The report summarizes data for the county as a whole, for each planning and supervisor district, and by age of complex, type of structure, and type of unit where appropriate.

To view the report, please click here.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Marian Homes Opens Residential Facility for People with Intellectual Disabilities
On June 25, 2015, just four months after beginning major renovations, Marian Homes celebrated the grand opening of its newest residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities. The home, located in Annandale (Braddock District), will be home to five individuals. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
VHDA Accessible Housing Registry
On-line Registry a New Way to List Accessible Housing Units
VirginiaHousingSearch.com is a statewide housing locator sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority and operated by Social Serve that provides easy access to information about housing opportunities across Virginia.

Listing accessible units on this service can be a great way to find qualified tenants to fill vacancies in accessible units. Approximately 20,000 property searches are conducted each month using VirginiaHousingSearch.com. Click here to read full article.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Accessing Webinar Recording on Census Data and Fairfax County’s Immigrant and Ethnic Communities
In the June 2015 Edition of E-ffordable, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) extended an opportunity for non-profit partners to participate in an online webinar on July 7, 2015 called “Accessing Immigrant and Ethnic Data for Fairfax County, VA” by the U.S. Census Bureau.

During the one-hour webinar, participants got an opportunity to explore some of the latest immigrant and ethnic data from the Census Bureau available for Fairfax County and learned about opportunities for free data-access trainings.

For those who were unable to participate in the webinar, a recording is online at 
https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=021ba72b0fe0c84c06478fa3edfbd517.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
HUD Announces Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule on July 8, 2015 to equip communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to help them meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will also provide additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities and goals for affordable housing and community development. Click here to read the full article.


Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
The State of the Nation’s Housing Report
Homeownership Rates Drop to Historic Lows; Middle Class Feels the Strain of Rising Rents

The State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on June 24, 2015 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, provides a periodic assessment of the nation’s housing outlook and summarizes important trends in the economics and demographics of housing.

This year’s report notes that the U.S. housing recovery lost momentum last year as homeownership rates continued to fall, single-family construction remained near historic lows, and existing home sales cooled. In contrast, rental markets continued to grow, fueled by another large increase in the number of renter households. However, with rents rising and incomes well below pre-recession levels, the U.S. is also seeing record numbers of cost-burdened renters, including more renter households higher up the income scale.

To view the report, click here.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
THE FACES OF HOUSING

Cox, Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority and FACETS Join Forces to Combat Summer Learning Loss

With school out for the summer, many children are away at summer camps, taking family vacations, or out and about doing other activities to exercise their mind. However, for some, summer vacation means day after day with nowhere to go and nothing to do. This lack of summer learning activity can lead to summer learning loss.

Summer learning loss is very real for some students, particularly in families with low-income. The average summer learning loss in math and reading for American students amounts to one month per year. The National Summer Learning Association notes that it disproportionately affects students with low-incomes: they lose two months of reading skills, while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Click here to read the full article.

 

 

Monday, July 27, 2015
E-ffordable Special Alert
Affordable Housing Capital and Project Based Vouchers RFP - ADDENDUM 1 NOW AVAILABLE

The first addendum to Fairfax County's Affordable Housing Capital/Project Based Vouchers Requests for Proposals is now available. Click here to view Addendum Number 1, which contains answers to questions received during the July 10 pre-proposal conference and subsequent questions received through July 23.

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2016 Housing Blueprint, consistent with the strategies outlined in Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Friday, July 17, 2015
E-ffordable Special Alert
July 21 Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Cancelled
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee meeting scheduled for July 21, 2015 has been cancelled.  The next Board Housing Committee meeting is scheduled for September 29, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
E-ffordable Special Alert
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING AVAILABLE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Up to $12 Million in Affordable Housing Capital Funds and Up to 75 Project-Based Vouchers Now Available!


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $12 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 2016 Housing Blueprint, consistent with the strategies outlined in Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Tomorrow
– Friday, June 26

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 and 5. Click here to view the meeting materials.

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, June 25, 2015
Virginia Housing Trust Fund How-to-Apply Workshops

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth, and applications for the program will be opening soon. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will be holding several how-to-apply workshops throughout the state to cover the application process for the Homeless Reduction Grant Program and the Competitive Loan Fund. The following are the dates and locations of the workshops:

Tuesday, July 7
Woodbridge
10 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, July 8
Hampton
2-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Wytheville
1-3 p.m.

Monday, July 13
Webinar
1-3 p.m.

For more information and to register online, please click here.

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Tomorrow
– Friday, June 26

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 and 5. Click here to view the meeting materials.

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.


Virginia Housing Trust Fund How-to-Apply Workshops

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth, and applications for the program will be opening soon. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will be holding several how-to-apply workshops throughout the state to cover the application process for the Homeless Reduction Grant Program and the Competitive Loan Fund. The following are the dates and locations of the workshops:

Tuesday, July 7
Woodbridge
10 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, July 8
Hampton
2-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Wytheville
1-3 p.m.

Monday, July 13
Webinar
1-3 p.m.

For more information and to register online, please click here.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

E-ffordable Special Alert

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING AVAILABLE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

$12 Million in Affordable Housing Capital Funds and Up to 75 Project-Based Vouchers Now Available!

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $12 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 2016 Housing Blueprint, consistent with the strategies outlined in Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Friday, June 19, 2015
E-ffordable Special Alert
DRAFT Request for Proposal for Housing Blueprint Funds Available for Review
Opportunity to comment at event on Monday, June 22; by email through June 29

Attention Affordable Housing Developers,

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is preparing to release the 2015 Affordable Housing Blueprint Funding Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of affordable housing projects in Fairfax County.  This opportunity is intended to address the goals and metrics set forth in the Fairfax County FY 2016 Housing Blueprint.  The draft RFP documents are now available for review here

A “Developer Dialogue” event on this opportunity will be held Monday, June 22nd 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 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov 

Comments on the draft RFP will be accepted at both the Developer Dialogue and by email, attention Mr. Debashish Chakravarty, at Debashish.Chakravarty@fairfaxcounty.gov through June 29. 

Friday, June 12, 2015
E-ffordable Special Alert
You're Invited! Dialogue Event on the Upcoming 2015 RFP for Fairfax County Affordable Housing Blueprint Funds
Major Opportunity Includes Up to Approximately $12 Million in Funding, Up To 75 Project-Based VouchersAttention
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is preparing to release the 2015 Affordable Housing Blueprint Funding Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of affordable housing projects in Fairfax County. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, June 12, 2015
Virginia Housing Trust Fund How-to-Apply Workshops

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth, and applications for the program will be opening soon. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will be holding several how-to-apply workshops throughout the state to cover the application process for the Homeless Reduction Grant Program and the Competitive Loan Fund. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, June 26
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 and 5.

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Fairfax County Celebrates New Workforce Housing
On May 5, 2015, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in celebration for the Residences at the Government Center. Hosted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), Jefferson Apartment Group, and Stratford Capital Group, the event marked the beginning of construction for new workforce housing in Fairfax County. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Fairfax County Participates in Montgomery County’s 24th Annual Affordable Housing  Conference
This year’s theme, “Housing, Transit and Jobs — The Foundation For A Strong Economy.”

The Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County held its 24th annual Affordable Housing Summit on May 4 in North Bethesda. This year’s theme, “Housing, Transit and Jobs — The Foundation For A Strong Economy,” was echoed in the keynote address by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and remarks by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Your Input is Needed: Participate in the 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment

The 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment will help identify human service needs and potential solutions in communities throughout Fairfax County. Your input is critical to help strengthen opportunities for individuals and families to be safe, healthy and realize their potential. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach 2015 Report Released
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released it’s Out of Reach 2015 report on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Out of Reach is NLIHC’s annual report featuring the Housing Wage, the wage a household must earn in order to afford a modest rental home in communities across the country. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Webinar on Census Data and Fairfax County’s Immigrant and Ethnic Communities Participate in July 7 Online Webinar Presented by U.S. Census Bureau
The Department of Housing and Community Development is extending an opportunity to non-profit partners to participate in an online webinar: Accessing Immigrant and Ethnic Data for Fairfax County, VA on July 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. presented by the U.S. Census Bureau. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Partnerships in Action: Friends of HCD
On May 19, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) presented awards to exceptional partners for their outstanding efforts at their annual HCD All Staff Meeting. The Friends of HCD Award recognizes an external individual, agency/organization or team that has assisted HCD is achieving its mission. Five individuals and one team were selected for the 2015 Friends of HCD award. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Special Alert:

Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Cancelled for May 5, 2015.
The groundbreaking ceremony of Residences at the Government Center will be held in its place. See e-ffordable article “Site Work Begins at the Residences at the Government Center” for more information.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Site Work Begins for the Residences at the Government Center

Site work began in early April on The Residences at the Government Center, a 270-unit affordable rental apartment community on the grounds for Fairfax County Government Center. The complex will be situated on just over eight wooded acres facing Monument Drive, across from Fairfax Corner.  Clearing and grading of the land started around April 8 and should be complete in the beginning of June.

“The Residences at the Government Center will offer more affordable housing options for county employees, as well as others who live and work in Fairfax County,” notes Kurt Creager, director, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. “This is a great step forward for the county.” Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Kate’s Place Wins NALHFA HOME Excellence Award
New Facility Gives Formerly Homeless Individuals a Place to Call Home

The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) has selected Kate’s Place as its HOME Excellence Award winner for 2015.  This award is given to a project that has utilized funding from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Your Input is Needed: Participate in the 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment
The 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment will help identify human service needs and potential solutions in communities throughout Fairfax County. Your input is critical to help strengthen opportunities for individuals and families to be safe, healthy and realize their potential.

  • Fairfax County would like your thoughts on topics such as:
  • Availability of physical, dental and behavioral health services
  • Accessible and affordable housing opportunities
  • Resources to promote financial stability
  • Opportunities and resources for children and youth
  • Resources for older adults that promote positive living and independence
  • Opportunities for community engagement

There are a variety of tools available to gather feedback from individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Community engagement opportunities include an online survey, Meetings-on-the-Go (a tool that makes it easy for groups of all sizes and interests to discuss human services needs and share their perspectives) and several community meetings that will be scheduled.

You can participate and find up-to-date information on the 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment online at:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/healthhuman/needs-assessment

Thursday, April 30, 2015
The CCFAC Wants To Hear from You!
The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) has released its draft priorities for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2018. The CCFAC has added a new element to its priorities framework — specific human services focus areas - for the upcoming CCFP application (to be released in the fall of 201 5) and is encouraging comments from the community, particularly on the following questions:

  • What do you think about the addition of focus areas within the CCFP Priorities (Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Self-Sufficiency, and Long-Term Supportive Services)?
  • Are these the right focus areas for Fairfax County at this time?
  • How should Fairfax County encourage projects that address these focus areas?
  • Do you have other ideas for how Fairfax County can design its human services priorities for CCFP? Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Board Approves Housing Authority Financing to Develop, Preserve Affordable Housing in Lorton and Falls Church
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved loans totaling up to $3,490,000 from the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to Cumberland Court Apartments, LLC for the renovation and development of a newly proposed Lindsay Hill Apartments in Lorton and New Wexford LLC for the acquisition, preservation, and rehabilitation of Wexford Manor Apartments in the Falls Church area. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
New ULI Report Gives Recommendations for Effectively Using Public Land to Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington has released a new report on Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington, DC Region.  It was prepared for ULI Washington by the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference.  The report concludes that identification and use of public land can be a valuable way to reduce development costs, increase development opportunities for affordable housing, and meet the housing needs of lower-income residents, with less need for direct public subsidy. The report includes case studies in MD, VA and DC, and best practices from around the country. Click here to view the report.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
HUD Study Finds Public Housing Authorities Underfunded when Administering Housing Choice Voucher Program
Analysis to inform Congress and HUD on new funding formula to keep pace with costs

Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across the country are significantly underfunded in managing the federal government’s largest low-income housing assistance program which serves 2.1 million households nationwide.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published on April 8 its Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study which concludes high-performing PHAs operating well-managed voucher programs are increasingly hard-pressed to meet the actual cost burden of this program. Click here to read the full article.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting – Friday, March 27
*Time Change: Meeting to Start at 9:00 A.M.

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 and 5.

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

Friday, February 20, 2015
Public Hearing on Proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2016-2020 and Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2016 on March 24

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia, on the Proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2016-2020 and Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2016.
To register to speak at the public hearing, call the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703-324-3151 (TTY 703-324-3903).Click here to read the full article.

Friday, February 20, 2015
Be Part of the Conversation: “Where Will Our Jobs Sleep at Night?” Panel Discussion on March 10
According to the latest projections from GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis, Northern Virginia is estimated to add over 440,000 net new jobs by 2032. To ensure that this employment growth can occur, a sufficient supply of housing must be available for these new workers—in the right locations, of the right types, and at affordable prices and rents.
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Friday, February 20, 2015
Fairfax County to Participate in the 5th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo 2015
The Northern Virginia Housing Expo (NoVA Expo) will take place Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Herndon High School (700 Bennett St) in Herndon, Virginia.  This is a free public event showcasing rental and first time ownership opportunities in the region. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, February 20, 2015
HUD Awards $1.8 Billion to Improve and Preserve Nation’s Public Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded on February 12 nearly $1.8 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was awarded approximately $1.5 million. The funding will allow agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  View funding by public housing authority here. Click here to read the full article.

Friday, February 20, 2015
NAHRO Announces Senator Mark Warner Co-Legislator of the Year
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) has selected Senator Mark Warner for Co-Legislator of the year along with Senator Blunt from Missouri. The award honors federal legislators for their efforts in support of responsible policies impacting the provision of safe and affordable housing in quality communities.Click here to read the full article.

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