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November 21, 2016

Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Cancelled for November 22
The Board of Supervisors Housing Committee scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center is cancelled.
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 711.

You’re Invited: The FCRHA 50th Anniversary Event (Please RSVP)

You are cordially invited to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). Since its establishment in 1966, the FCRHA has helped thousands of families in Fairfax County have a safe and affordable place to call home.

On December 2, 2016, come out and help us celebrate the FCRHA’s 50 years of service to Fairfax County! For more information and to RSVP, please click here. Please RSVP before November 29th.

Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is December 16, 2016
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon 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 711.

FCRHA Extends Five-Year Strategic Plan
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has approved the extension of its Five-Year Strategic Plan, which is set to expire on June 30, 2017. The Plan serves as a guide for the agency and helps to create an operational road map that supports the mission and goals for providing affordable housing in Fairfax County. Click here to read the full article.

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, spending the night sleeping outside can turn into a frightening, and potentially life-threatening situation. Click here to read the full article.

Renters More Likely to be Food Insecure than Homeowners
New American Housing Survey Statistics Provide Insight on U.S. Food Insecurity, Housing and Neighborhood Topics

About 10.5 million American households, or roughly 8.9 percent of the population, reported that in the past month their access to adequate food was limited by a lack of money and other resources, according to new 2015 American Housing Survey data released on November 17, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Click here to read the full article.

Homelessness in the U.S. Continues to Decline
National estimate finds significant reductions among families and chronically homeless individuals


Homelessness continues to decline in the U.S, specifically among families with children, Veterans, and individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Click here to read the full article.
Happy Holidays! Fairfax County Offices Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Fairfax County offices will be closed November 24 and 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

October 25, 2016

Local Nonprofits Receive Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds
FCRHA Authorizes Funding to Help Acquire Units for Affordable Rental Housing


The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has authorized deferred loans to two local nonprofit organizations using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These funds will provide:

Cornerstones Housing Corporation (CHC) with $300,000 to acquire and renovate one (1) or more housing units in Fairfax County. The housing will be used to provide affordable rental housing for households with incomes at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Cornerstones Housing Corporation will give preference to households that include persons with special needs who can be reasonably accommodated.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. (Good Shepherd) with $404,500 to acquire and renovate two (2) or more units of housing in southern Fairfax County. The housing will be used to provide long-term supportive rental housing for households at or below 50 percent of AMI. The residents of the acquired housing will receive supportive services from Good Shepherd to promote self-sufficiency.

Save-The-Date: The FCRHA Celebrates 50 Years!

Since its establishment in 1966, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has helped many residents in Fairfax County have a safe and affordable place to call home.

To date, the Authority owns a real estate portfolio of more than 2,900 units; has issued more than $200 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance acquisition of affordable rental units in the county; and, on an annual basis, administers more than $60 million in federal grants which support critical housing programs, non-profit housing and public service organizations, and a variety of community development activities in the county.

On December 2, 2016, please join us to celebrate the FCRHA’s 50 years of service to Fairfax County!

Click here to view Save-the-Date


“RestON” Opportunity Neighborhood Launch Event to be held October 26th

Reston-area residents, nonprofits, schools, county programs, businesses, and faith organizations are invited to join the Reston Opportunity Neighborhood (“RestON”) movement—where  community comes together to put children and youth on a pathway to success and ensure their well-being—in school, in neighborhoods and at home. Click here to read the full article.

We Want to Hear From You on November 2!

The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to participate in a public hearing on November 2, 2016 at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030).

We need your help identifying housing and other human services needs which are to be addressed in the county’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated One-Year Action 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.

FCRHA Participating  in New State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP)    
New Rental Subsidy Program to Benefit Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities 

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is participating in the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP), a new State rental subsidy program that is similar to the federal Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and designed to serve individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Click here to read the full article.

Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for November 22

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2016 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 711.

Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is December 16, 2016

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon 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 711.

The State of the Nation’s Housing Report
As the Housing Recovery Strengthens, Affordability and Other Challenges Remain


The State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on June 22, 2016 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. Click here to read the full article.

Fairfax County’s Demographic Interactive Mapper

Fairfax County is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the county's population exceeds that of eight states and the District of Columbia. To help capture demographic data, the county has developed an interactive mapping tool to explore population, households, housing units, gross floor area data, etc., by block groups, communities and zip codes.

To view the interactive mapper, click here.
To see an overview of the County’s demographics, click here

Energy and Water Efficiency and Save Costs,
HUD Launches Utility Benchmarking in an Effort to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency and Save Costs


On October 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed utility benchmarking of water and energy in its portfolio of public and assisted, as well as newly-insured, multifamily housing. This new ‘utility benchmarking’ initiative would apply to approximately 2.2 million units across several categories of HUD-assisted affordable housing: developments with Project Rental Assistance Contracts, multifamily properties with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) with more than 250 public housing units.  Click here to read the full article.

FCRHA Announces the Availability of up to 100 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA)
Vouchers are for projects that help preserve or create local affordable housing

On September 22, 2016, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized the release of up to 100 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA). This rental assistance is intended to support projects that preserve or create new affordable housing, consistent with the goals of Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint. Click here to read the full article.

September 26, 2016

e-ffordable Special Alert

FCRHA Announces the Availability of up to 100 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA)
Vouchers are for projects that help preserve or create local affordable housing

On September 22, 2016, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) authorized the release of up to 100 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA). This rental assistance is intended to support projects that preserve or create new affordable housing, consistent with the goals of Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint.

The PBA program is a component of the federally funded HCV program, which provides project-based affordable housing for very low and extremely low households. For this announcement, the FCRHA has approved up to 100 HCVs for PBA, with an expectation that 25 will be reserved for projects that preserve existing affordable housing and allow such projects to serve lower incomes; it is anticipated that the PBA for these 25 HCVs will be available within a year of award of the vouchers. The remaining 75 HCVs are expected to be available over the next year through attrition. Accordingly, the award of vouchers will constitute a forward commitment of these resources with a preference for projects that construct new affordable housing units. Applications will be eligible for additional preference if a significant number of units in the project(s) serve special needs populations, such as seniors, as described in the Housing Blueprint.

The FCRHA will rank each application based upon weighted selection criteria with overall priority in support of projects that preserve affordable housing or construct new affordable housing and meet the goals of the Housing Blueprint. The criteria include:

  • Site and Community Amenities and Supportive Services: Maximum Points - 20;
  • Owner Experience and Management: Maximum Points - 35;
  • Consistency with FCRHA Initiatives: Maximum Points - 25;
  • Feasibility of the Project: Maximum Points - 20

An information meeting for prospective developers/owners will be held on October 3, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the HCD office, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Applications will be accepted from October 3, 2016 through November 18, 2016 and a determination will be made by December 9, 2016. For more information, click here.

September 19, 2016
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for September 27

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.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 711.

September 19, 2016
Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 7

Note: Room Change


The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Room 120C (access through the Cafeteria).

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 711.


September 19, 2016
FCRHA Closes on Financing for Wexford Manor Rehab; Up to $2.9M Provided
In August 2016, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) closed on financing to preserve and rehabilitate Wexford Manor, a 74 unit affordable housing community in Falls Church, VA (Providence District).
Up to $2.9 million is being provided to New Wexford LLC and New Wexford Bond LLC, affiliates of Wesley Housing Development Corporation, in the form of a deferred loan from the FCRHA to rehabilitate the property. Funding will be used to make interior and exterior improvements, including the conversion of eight units to full accessibility and an expanded Community Resource Center for resident services and support. The community will be preserved as affordable housing for at least the next 30 years. Click here to read the full article.

September 19, 2016
Ground Breaking Held for Lewinsville Community Campus

On September 8, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, in partnership with the County of Fairfax, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), and Wesley-Hamel (Wesley Housing Development Corporation and Hamel Builders) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the Lewinsville Community Campus, formally known as the Lewinsville Center.Click here to read the full article.

September 19, 2016
FCRHA Re-elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman


The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) re-elected Robert Schwaninger, Mason District, and Willard Jasper, At-Large, as chairman and vice-chairman respectively, at its meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Reminder: Local and Federal Funds Totaling up to $10.7 Million* Available for the Development of Affordable Housing in Fairfax County
****Oct 7 Deadline for Some Applications****

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced the availability of up to $10.7 million* in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County. 

The $10.7 million* includes federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds and local Housing Blueprint funds.

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2017 Housing Blueprint, which supports Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success
*Includes funding expected to be approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in September 2016.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

RFP Deadlines for FY 2017 Affordable Housing Funds

  • Applications for Projects Using Housing Blueprint Funds will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline for Projects Using Exclusively Federal Funds is October 7, 2016
  • Application Deadline for Projects Using Nine Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Housing Blueprint Funds is October 7, 2016

September 19, 2016
Fairfax County Releases Rental Housing Complex Analysis Report
This report, released by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, presents the results of the January 2015 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.

September 19, 2016
HUD Expands Family Self-Sufficiency Program to Privately Owned Multifamily Properties

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced in late August that owners of privately owned apartment buildings under Section 8 contracts can now offer Family Self-Sufficiency programs to the more than one million households living in their properties. HUD will now allow owners of multifamily properties to use funding from residual receipt accounts to hire service coordinators for their own Family Self-Sufficiency program. Read HUD's notice to multifamily property owners.
Click here to read the full article.

September 19, 2016

Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant Pool
How-to-Apply Webinars

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant Pool is intended to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth. Applications for the program will be coming soon, and DHCD will be holding several how-to-apply webinars to discuss the application process.

Click here to read the full article.

September 19, 2016
Passing of FCRHA Commissioner John Betts

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Commissioner John E. Betts (Springfield District) on September 7, 2016. Commissioner Betts was first appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) by Fairfax County Supervisor, Pat Herrity (Springfield District) in March 2011. He was later reappointed in April 2013. He was the beloved husband of 45 years to Barbara Betts, father of Allison and Jonathan Betts, and son of Polly and the late Bernard Betts. He will be deeply missed by the FCRHA and the staff of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Board Approves Housing Authority Financing to Preserve Affordable Housing in Huntington Area

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to make a loan of up to $5.65 million to Christian Relief Services of Virginia (CRSVA) for the acquisition of a 113-unit apartment complex, Huntington Gardens, in the Lee District.

Click here to read the full article.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Special e-ffordable Alert

Local and Federal Funds Totaling up to $10.7 Million* Available for the Development of Affordable Housing in Fairfax County
Pre-Proposal Conference - July 27, 2016 at 1 p.m.

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $10.7 million* in local and federal funds for the development of affordable housing in Fairfax County. 

The $10.7 million* includes federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds and local Housing Blueprint funds.

The available funding is provided to further the goals of the FY 2017 Housing Blueprint, which supports Fairfax County’s Strategic Plan for Economic Success

Request for Proposal (RFP)

RFP Deadlines for FY 2017 Affordable Housing Funds

  • Applications for Projects Using Housing Blueprint Funds will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2017

  • Application Deadline for Projects Using Exclusively Federal Funds is October 7, 2016

  • Application Deadline for Projects Using Nine Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Housing Blueprint Funds is October 7, 2016

Pre- Proposal Conference
A pre-proposal conference on both application processes will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in the HCD Center Conference Room in the Offices of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax.  SPACE IS LIMITED – Please RSVP by email to rha@fairfaxcounty.gov no later than July 25, 2016. 

*Includes funding expected to be approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in September 2016.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Lincolnia Senior Campus Reopens!
Newly Renovated Facility Includes Affordable Senior Housing and Assisted Living, Senior Center and Adult Day Health Care

On June 24, 2016, a Lincolnia Grand Re-opening event was held in celebration of the completion of renovations at Lincolnia Senior Residences and Senior Center facility, located in Alexandria, VA. Since 1990, this facility has been a vital resource of housing, recreation and health care for seniors.  Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Marian Homes Opens Mother of Mercy House 
Residential Facility to House People with Intellectual Disabilities


On June 17, 2016, Marian Homes celebrated the grand opening of Mother of Mercy House.  The home is located in the City of Fairfax and will house five adults with intellectual disabilities and extremely low incomes.Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Workforce Dwelling Unit Rental Program Continues to Produce in Fairfax County
Adaire in McLean the Latest; 80 New Units Delivered


Fairfax County’s WDU Rental Program provides income-qualified households the opportunity to live at a reduced rent in some of the new privately-owned and operated market rate apartments communities in the county. There are now 27 privately-owned and operated apartment complexes offering a total of 815 WDU units to moderate income working families in Fairfax County.  Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
FY 2017 Housing Blueprint Approved

The FY 2017 Housing Blueprint was approved by the Board of Supervisors at their June 28, 2016 meeting. The approved Blueprint returned to a simpler format than in recent years, and focuses on metrics and projects in the pipeline.  The four goals of the Blueprint are: Ending Homelessness in Ten Years; Providing Affordable Housing Options to Special Needs Population; Meeting the Affordable Housing Needs of Low Income Working Families; and Increasing Workforce Housing through Creative Partnerships and Public Policy. The Blueprint identifies the FY 2017 targets and anticipated net unit increases for each goal. The Blueprint also serves as the framework for the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) work and was presented to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee on June 24, 2016.

To view the Housing Blueprint, click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Reminder: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting– Friday, June 24

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 24 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 711.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, June 28

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 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 711.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach 2016 Report Released
The Virginia Housing Alliance and the National Low Income Housing Coalition jointly released Out of Reach 2016 report, which provides the housing wage for all states, counties, and metropolitan areas in the country. Each year, the data in Out of Reach informs housing policy makers and advocates at the national, state, and local levels. It also provides the average wages of renters, the number of hours minimum wage earners must work to afford rent, and the cost of rental homes across the country.

The report highlights the gap between what renters earn and what it costs to afford rent at fair market value. According to 2016 Out of Reach, Virginia remains the most expensive state for renters in the Southeast and the 10th most expensive state in the nation. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Webinar Series on How to Access and Use Census Data
Participate in Online Webinars through August 31 Presented by U.S. Census Bureau


The U.S. Census Bureau is extending an opportunity to all interested data users to participate in a series of online webinars on how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business data from the Census Bureau.  The webinars will be held through August 31, 2016 at various times. Click here to view the schedule for free data access webinars.

About the webinar series:  The webinar series offers a variety of thematic sessions using data tools such as American FactFinder, QuickFacts, DataFerrett, Census Explorer, Local Employment Dynamics, Business Dynamics Statistics, and Voting Hot Reports. All sessions will last between 30 minutes and two hours. If you are not familiar with the American FactFinder tool, it is recommend that you attend an introduction to American FactFinder or the Quick Data Reports webinar prior to participating in other sessions.

How to participate: To register for the webinars go to census.gov. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a waitlist available for all sessions.   Most webinars will not be recorded in order to reduce the risk of technical issues.

For assistance or general questions about the webinar series, you can send an email to clmso.ddb.questions@census.gov.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) Approves Submitting Moving to Work (MTW) Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Plan Includes Several Activities Involving Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Participants 


The FCRHA approved submission of the FCRHA MTW Plan for FY 2017 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The FY 2017 MTW Plan includes several activities for which the FCRHA is requesting approval from HUD, including allowing FSS participants to opt out of interest payments on escrow; modifying the FSS escrow structure; establishing a work requirement for FSS participants; establishing a gateway to the Housing Choice Voucher program from the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program; and authorizing the FCRHA to establish a local MTW Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program. To view the FY 2017 MTW Plan, click here.

Monday, June 13, 2016
E-ffordable Special Alert
Opportunity to Comment on FY 2017 Housing Blueprint Funding Process              

The Department of Housing and Community Development hosted a “developer dialogue” on June 10 to receive input and recommendations concerning the FY 2017 Housing Blueprint funding competition.  As part of that discussion, participants asked for the opportunity to submit additional comments in writing.  The attached summarizes the key feedback received during the June 10 event, and provides an overview of some of the anticipated basic requirements and preferences for the funding this year.  Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to Mr. Debashish Chakravarty, Senior Real Estate Finance Officer, by email at Debashish.Chakravarty@fairfaxcounty.gov until 10 AM on Monday, June 20. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016
E-ffordable Special Alert

You're Invited! Dialogue Event on the FY 2017 Affordable Housing Funding Process

Attention Affordable Housing Developers,

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is requesting your input on the affordable housing funding process in FY 2017.

A “Developer Dialogue” event will be held on Friday, June 10 at 9:30 a.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 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Wednesday, June 8 to 703-246-5260 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov
 

Monday, April 25, 2016
Community Meeting on the Development of North Hill Scheduled for April 27
Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck will host a community meeting on the development of North Hill on April 27, 2016 at Walt Whitman Middle School's Lecture Hall from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Residents are invited to hear about the progress being made toward developing the North Hill area into a mix of affordable, workforce and market rate housing. The developer, CHPPENN I, LLC, as well as county representatives, will be present and available to answer questions from the community.

The North Hill development project is expected to bring to the community 278 affordable multi-family rental units in six separate, high quality, urban designed buildings with structured parking. In addition, the project is expected to result in up to 195 for-sale townhomes and acreage for a park. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, April 25, 2016
The Residences at Government Update
The Residences at the Government Center, a privately owned and operated 270-unit affordable workforce rental apartment community on the campus of the Fairfax County Government Center, will open its doors to residents in fall 2016, with final project completion by the end of the year.

The rental units will serve households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), - about $65,150 for a family of four - as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 20 percent of the units will serve households at or below 50 percent of the AMI. The new community will include efficiencies, one, two and three bedroom units. Units will be available to county employees and others working in the public and private sector within Fairfax County. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Update on New National Housing Trust Fund
Nearly $174 Million to be Allocated to States to Increase and Preserve Decent and Safe Affordable Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nearly $174 million in funding through the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF).  The purpose of the HTF is to complement existing federal, State, and local efforts to increase and preserve the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households, including families experiencing homelessness. It is anticipated that the first-ever allocations from the fund will be made to States later this spring and that funds can be drawn upon as early as this summer.   Click here to read the full article.

Monday, April 25, 2016
George Mason University Releases U.S. Census Population Growth Report
The report, released by the George Mason University (GMU) Center for Regional Analysis (CRA), presents the population growth in the Washington Metro Area from 2014-2015. The report summarizes data for each jurisdiction in the Washington Metro Area.

To view the report, please click here.

The GMU Center for Regional Analysis provides research and analytical services to local governments, businesses and other stakeholders focusing on economic, demographic, transportation, housing and fiscal trends and forecasts.

Monday, April 25, 2016
2016 Point-in-Time Count Revealed 12 Percent Reduction in Homeless Population
On January 28, 2016, the annual Point-in-Time count was conducted in the Fairfax-Falls Church community and 1,059 people were identified as being literally homeless – those who were in shelters, in time-limited transitional housing programs, or unsheltered and living on the street.  The number represents 145 less people or 12 percent less that the number counted in January 2015 and there was a decline in numbers throughout the homeless system, including in families, children in families, adults in families, single adults, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and families experiencing domestic violence. Click here to read the full article. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Transforming North Hill: FCRHA Approves Developer to Act as Agent for Zoning and Land Use Approvals
On March 10, 2016, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) entered into a Limited Revocable Agency Agreement with the developer, CHPPENN I, LLC, for the redevelopment of the FCRHA-owned North Hill property in the Mount Vernon District. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Fleetwood Appointed Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development
At its March 1 meeting, the Board of Supervisors appointed Tom Fleetwood as the next director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Fleetwood will succeed Kurt Creager, who left the county in the summer of 2015. Since that time, Fleetwood has been serving as acting director for the agency, and will take on his official role as director effective immediately. Click here to read more.

FCRHA Adopts FY 2017 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
Housing Authority Annual Work Plan Restructured Around Lines of Business
At its Special Meeting on March 2, 2016, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Strategic Plan-Action Plan, covering July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, driven by the Housing Blueprint.  The Strategic Plan-Action Plan provides an overview of the major FCRHA activities and projects – and their anticipated FY 2017 outcomes – and has been restructured around the Department of Housing and Community Click here to read the full article.

HUD Awards the FCRHA $246,000 to Promote Jobs and Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents
To help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded this month nearly $32 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence. Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) received a total of $246,000. Click here to read the full article.

New Apartment Community in Reston Offers 88 Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs)
BLVD at Reston Station, a new 21-story apartment building located next to the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston Metro station, opened its doors on March 8. Of the 448 apartments that make-up the privately-owned and developed BLVD, 88 units (about 20 percent) are affordable workforce housing known as Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs). These units are available thanks to the Board of Supervisors WDU Policy, a proffer-based incentive system which was adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan in 2007.Click here to read the full article.

Sixth Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo a Major Success

On Saturday, March 19, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (FCRHA) participated in the sixth annual regional Housing Expo 2016 hosted by Fairfax-based nonprofit AHOME Foundation in cooperation with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon.

Northern Virginia’s (NOVA) Housing Expo 2016 was held at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Virginia and showcased rental and homeownership opportunities for individuals and families across a range of income levels. More than 600 households seeking rental and homeownership information attended. Attendees had an opportunity to learn what they needed to work with a realtor, what government programs are available in their communities, what was required to qualify for a mortgage, and household budgeting. Click here to read the full article.

Fairfax County 2015 Demographics Report Now Available Online
A wealth of demographic information on county population, housing units, residential development, and commercial and industrial data

The 2015 Demographics Report prepared by the Economic, Demographic and Statistical Research Unit of Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is now available online.

The report is full of data down to U.S. Census land tracts. It includes average rental prices, demographic breakdowns, commercial and industrial data, and data to help people understand the make-up of the County. The information presented in the report is broken down by supervisor districts, towns, planning districts, human services regions, zip codes and census tracts. Click here to read the full article.

 

February 11, 2016
Board of Supervisors Housing Committee Meeting Scheduled for February 12th
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Housing Committee is scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1 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.

Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is March 25th
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2016 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.


2016 Northern Virginia Housing Expo Set for March 19th at Woodbridge’s Freedom High School
Anyone looking for an affordable place to live in Northern Virginia should plan to visit the 2016 Northern Virginia Housing Expo, hosted by Fairfax-based nonprofit AHOME Foundation in cooperation with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon. Admission is Free. Click here to read the full article.


You Are Invited! Come Share Your Experiences and Thoughts Regarding Housing Discrimination in Fairfax County

Everyone has a right to fair housing. The right to live where one chooses with dignity and without fear of discrimination is a basic right guaranteed to all people. Fairfax County is researching the extent to which discrimination in housing and mortgage lending restricts where people can live here. The County needs your help to identify these problems so that it can generate solutions.

Fairfax County and its consultants are conducting two public meetings to hear your input at the following locations:

South County Public Meeting
Tues., February 16, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South County Center 8350 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA

Culmore Public Meeting
Thurs., February 25, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Library 6101 Knollwood Drive Falls Church, VA

Please come share your thoughts and experiences. For more information about the event, click here.

Fairfax County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Available Online
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY 2015. As a recipient of federal funds under the Consolidated Plan, Fairfax County is required to provide this annual Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) within 90 days of the end of the county’s program year. The 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.

To view the FY 2015 CAPER, please click here.

Draft Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Now Available for Review

The Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2017 is now available online for viewing. It identifies the proposed use of funds for the three federal programs: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant. It also recognizes: (1) various public and private resources available for housing and community development activities; (2) the goals and objectives for the Five-Year Consolidated Plan; and (3) the FY 2017-2018 CCFP funding priorities.

To view the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2017, please click here

Five- Year FCRHA Strategic Plan Extended 
On December 10, 2009 the FCRHA adopted a five-year Strategic Plan for the period from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015. In November 2014, a leadership transition was underway at the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) with the upcoming retirement of then-HCD Director Paula Sampson and the appointment of Kurt Creager as her successor. In order to facilitate this transition and permit the new Director to participate meaningfully in the development of the next five-year plan, the FCRHA extend the adopted plan by one year.

With the departure of then-HCD Director Kurt Creager in July 2015, HCD is now in a leadership transition again. As a result, the FCRHA has extended the Five-Year Strategic Plan an additional year, through Fiscal Year 2017. In addition to accommodating the leadership transition, this action will allow HCD the ability to maintain the schedule for developing and proposing the Strategic Plan - Action Plan for FY 2017 and coordinate the strategic plan with the development of the FCRHA/HCD budget for FY 2017.

Shaping Fairfax County’s Strategic Direction through Lines of Business (LOBs)

Recently, Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget (DMB) made available to the public Fairfax County’s Lines of Business (LOBs) for 2016.

LOBs provides a comprehensive, detailed look at the functional and operational level of work performed by County programs and services. It is the first step in a multi-year process to shape the county’s strategic direction and validate county priorities. LOBs will allow county officials to fully understand the impacts of future budget decisions and to be as transparent as possible with the community.

 

There are 390 Lines of Business covering all funding sources in the County. The complete list of LOBs from #1-390, as well as completed LOBs documents, are available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/2016-lines-of-business.htm.

 

To view Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) LOBs Narrative, please click here. To view HCD’s LOBs Presentation, click here.

 

To provide feedback on Lines of Business (LOBs) documents, click here.

For more information, check out the September 11, 2015 LOBs Presentation to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

 


HUD and GOOGLE Announce First Public Housing Units to be connected with Ultra High Speed Internet Through ConnectHome Initiative

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and Google Fiber Vice President, Dennis Kish, announced that the West Bluff Townhomes in Kansas City, Missouri will be the first public housing development to be connected to Google Fiber's ultra-high speed (gigabit speed, or up to 1000 mbps) internet through the ConnectHome Initiative. The 100 housing units at West Bluff are now able to sign up for Google Fiber gigabit speed internet free of cost.  Over the next several months, gigabit service will be available to another 1300 public housing units in the Kansas City metro area.  Additionally, Google Fiber will be bringing those high speeds to HUD assisted and affordable housing in all fiber cities, including the ConnectHome fiber cities of Atlanta, GA, Durham, NC, San Antonio, TX and Nashville, TN. Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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