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May 5, 2017
E-ffordable Special Alert
You're Invited! Dialogue Event on the FY 2018 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 for the FY’18 Housing Blueprint Funds.

A “Developer Dialogue” event will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 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 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Space is limited: If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, May 19 to 703-246-5260 or rha@fairfaxcounty.gov 

REMINDER – First Community Meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan

The location is confirmed for the first community meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan! The event will be held on Saturday, May 20 at the Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306; from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided! Click here to view the event flyer. More information about the Strategic Plan can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/communityhousingplan.htm. If you have any questions related to the event, contact Ashley Montgomery, Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Community Development at Ashley.Montgomery@fairfaxcounty.gov.

April 28, 2017
e-ffordable.org Special Alert
LOCATION CONFIRMED – First Community Meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan
The location is confirmed for the first community meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan! The event will be held on Saturday, May 20 at the Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306; from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided! Click here to view the event flyer. More information about the Strategic Plan can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/communityhousingplan.htm. If you have any questions related to the event, contact Ashley Montgomery, Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Community Development at Ashley.Montgomery@fairfaxcounty.gov.

April 24, 2017
e-ffordable.org Special Alert
Passing of Jim Scott, Affordable Housing Pioneer
James M. “Jim” Scott, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, passed away on April 13, 2017. Jim was a pioneer and leader in affordable housing in Fairfax County and the  Commonwealth of Virginia. Throughout his years in public service, Jim tirelessly led the effort to preserve affordable housing - as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1972-1986; as a leader within the National Association of Counties in the late 70’s and early 80’s; as Co-Chairman of the Affordable Housing Preservation Action Committee and Co-Chair of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 until 2014.  Among his countless accomplishments in affordable housing was the creation, on his motion at the Board of Supervisors in 1974, of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.  

Jim was born in Galax, Virginia, where he attended Handley High School. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy, his two daughters and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at the Inova Center for Personalized Health, Conference Center Atrium, 3225 Gallows Rd, Fairfax 22031.  Please click here for more information about the memorial.   

April 21, 2017
e-ffordable.org Special Alert
Date Confirmed for First Community Meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan
Mark your calendars! The first community meeting on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan is set for Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Additional details, including the meeting location, are still being finalized and more information will be released in the coming days. The meeting will be held in the southern part of the county.  In the meantime, should you have any questions related to the event, contact Ashley Montgomery, Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Community Development at Ashley.Montgomery@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Countywide Housing Strategic Plan to be Discussed at Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Meeting
On Thursday, May 18, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will hold a panel discussion entitled, “Affordable Housing: It’s Good for Business.” Vincent Rogers, Director of Policy, Reporting and Communications at the Department of Housing and Community Development will be a panelist and will be discussing our work on the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan. We encourage you to attend this event to support the work of the plan and to hear the discussion about the connections between “housing that is affordable” and the local economy. The event will be held from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, with the panel discussion scheduled to begin at 8:15 am. More information can be found at Affordable Housing: It's Good for Business.

April 14, 2017
Connect with the FCRHA on Facebook!
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is committed to embracing social media to provide residents, stakeholders, and the broader community with the latest housing news, updates, and information impacting Fairfax County.

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Amy Ginger to Start on April 17 as the New Deputy Director of Operations at HCD
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce that Amy Ginger will start on April 17, 2017 as deputy director of operations for the agency.

Ms. Ginger comes to HCD from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she served as Director of the Office of Housing Voucher Programs, overseeing the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program which provides $20 billion in rental assistance and administrative fees to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to serve low-income families nationwide. Prior to working with HUD, she worked as a senior manager at Quadel Consulting Corporation and Subsidiaries as a senior level consultant for the HCV program; providing training, technical assistance and direct program management for PHAs nationwide.

Click here to read the full article.

Fairfax County Celebrates Community Development Week
Community Development Week is being recognized from April 17 through April 22
This week, join us in recognizing the importance and achievements of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program in improving the quality of life in Fairfax County.

Click here to read the full article.

Next Board of Supervisors Health, Housing and Human Services Committee Meeting Scheduled for May 23rd
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors Health, Housing and Human Services Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Room 11.

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 May 19th
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017 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.

HUD Marks National Fair Housing Month
Countdown to 50 years of fair housing in America with focus on protecting families with children
This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation that became law on April 11, 1968. On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2017 at its national headquarters. This year’s theme is Fair Housing Equals Opportunity, highlighting equality in housing as a foundation upon which aspirations can be achieved and affirming the Fair Housing Act’s ongoing role in confronting housing discrimination. Click here to read the full article.

FCRHA Adopts FY 2018 Strategic Plan – Action Plan
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) adopted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Strategic Plan-Action Plan, covering July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, 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 is structured around the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Lines of Business (LOBs) which are:

1) Affordable Housing Development, Preservation and Sustainability;
2) Affordable Rental Housing, Property Management and Maintenance;
3) Tenant Subsidies and Resident Services;
4) Homeownership and Relocation Services; and
5) FCRHA/HCD Program Planning, Development and Management.

Click here to read the full article.

Administration Proposes 2018 HUD Budget
On March 16th, the Administration proposed a Fiscal Year 2018 spending blueprint for discretionary programs in several agencies across the Federal Government, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To view the proposed budget for HUD and other agencies, click here.

Seventh Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo a Major Success
On Saturday, March 18, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) participated in the seventh annual regional Housing Expo 2017 hosted by Fairfax-based nonprofit AHOME Foundation in cooperation with the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon. Click here to read the full article.

 

You’re Invited: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Housing Fair on April 29th
The  Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR)  is hosting a housing fair on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The fair is open to first-time buyers, renters, sellers, active Military, Veterans and the general public.

  • Refreshments and free shredding are offered early.
  • Experts will be offering 15 minute education sessions, with consumer education for those who want to be informed.
  • Vendors will be offering giveaways to all attendees.

Come learn about the importance of credit, available first-time homebuyer mortgage programs, and other resources that will help you navigate through buying or selling a home in Northern Virginia.  The event will be held at NVAR Headquarters located at 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031. For more information, click here.

e-ffordable Special Alert
AHAC Co-Chair to Speak at Affordable Housing Forum – Sunday, March 19
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) Co-Chairman Kerrie Wilson, will be a guest speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) on Sunday, March 19 to discuss how the faith-based community can help address the challenge of affordable housing in Fairfax County.  The forum will start at 12:30 p.m. in the UUCF Sanctuary, located at 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, VA 22124.

Now Available for Public Comment: Draft Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018


The Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2018 is now available online for viewing and public comment. 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 for Fiscal Years 2016-2020; and (3) the FY 2017-2018 Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) funding priorities.
To view the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2018, please click here.

FCRHA Welcomes New Commissioners Kenneth G. Feng and Kevin C. Greenlief
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) welcomes
two new commissioners: Kenneth G. Feng and Kevin C. Greenlief.

Kenneth G. Feng, Springfield District Commissioner
Kenneth G. Feng has been appointed as the new Springfield District Commissioner for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). 

 Mr. Feng has thirty-two years of public service experience at various levels and branches of government.  In 2006, Mr. Feng retired from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the Assistant Director for Investigations.  Afterwards, he completed a five-year contract with the U.S. State Department as a Management Analyst. Mr. Feng has served as a police officer, financial auditor, and congressional investigator.  In addition, he collaborated with senior officials within the Congress, White House, Pentagon, and multinational corporations in developing national policy.  He also has teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at California State Universities. Click here to read the full article.

Kevin C. Greenlief, Sully District Commissioner
Kevin C. Greenlief was appointed as the Sully District Commissioner for the FCRHA on October 18, 2016.

Mr. Greenlief’s appointment follows a 34-year career with Fairfax County government where he retired as the Director of the Department of Tax Administration (DTA).  Appointed DTA Director in 1994, Mr. Greenlief served as the County Assessor and Tax Collector, managing the assessment and collection of more than $3 billion in revenue from nearly 1.5 million tax accounts.  Mr. Greenlief also had direct oversight of the Tax Relief Program for the Elderly and Disabled, to include low-income rental grant assistance.  Click here to read the full article.

Public Hearing Scheduled for March 14th on Fairfax County’s Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2018
A public hearing on the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2018 (Action Plan) will take place before the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia, on March 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center.

The public hearing will provide an opportunity for citizens to express their views on the Action Plan, as well as on housing, community development, fair housing, homelessness and community service needs in Fairfax County, and to comment on Fairfax County's community development performance. We encourage the public to provide information concerning changes in housing and community service trends since the last Board public hearing on the consolidated action plan in March 2016. Click here to read the full article.

Fairfax County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Is Now Available Online
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY 2016. As a recipient of federal funds under the Consolidated Plan, Fairfax County is required to provide this annual 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, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

To view the FY 2016 CAPER, please click here.

7th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 18th: We Hope To See You There!
If you are looking to rent or buy a home or apartment in Northern Virginia, make the Northern Virginia Housing Expo your first stop. Free and open to the public, its dozens of exhibits and workshops will provide all the information needed to rent an apartment or purchase a first home.

The expo will take place at Dominion High School located at 21326 Augusta Drive in Sterling, Virginia. It is being hosted by the AHOME Foundation in cooperation with representatives from the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church and the town of Herndon, as well as the Virginia Housing Development Authority. For more information, click here.

North Hill Poised to Become an Affordable and Market-Rate Housing Hub on Richmond Highway
After many attempts over the years, new housing options are poised for a vacant property along Richmond Highway that was originally bought for affordable housing. The Board of Supervisors approved zoning changes to the nearly 35-acre property at the corner of Dart Drive and Richmond Highway.
The board’s action on Tuesday allows for the construction of:

  • 219 affordable and workforce apartments
  • 60 affordable independent living units for seniors
  • 175 market rate townhomes
  • 12 acre public park

For more information, click here.

CCFAC Non-Profit Dialogue Addresses Federal Funds for Affordable Housing Development
On February 6, 2017, the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) held a non-profit dialogue regarding how to effectively allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) capital funding to non-profit organizations through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  Funding is currently allocated competitively through the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) RFP process and the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) RFP process. Click here to read the full article.

FCRHA Awards Project-Based Vouchers to Local Developers/Organizations
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the award of Project-Based Vouchers to the following developers/organizations:

  • CHPPENN I, LLC
  • Lake Anne Fellowship House
  • Wesley Housing Development Corporation
  • Cornerstones
  • Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

Click here to read the full article.

 

Loudoun County Housing Needs Assessment
George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis announces the release of “Loudoun County Housing Needs Assessment, 2015-2040”, a report that assesses the County’s current and future housing needs. The report includes an analysis of current demographic, economic and housing market conditions and patterns of housing affordability in the County as well as describes the current gaps between housing demand and supply.
For more information and to view the report, click here.

Free Tax Relief Workshops

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is hosting a series of free tax relief workshops in March at several locations throughout the county. Real estate tax relief is available for older adults and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications; you also may be eligible for car tax relief and tax relief for renters. County staff from the Department of Tax Administration will assist with filling out the application form, as well as answering questions. The schedule is by district. More information on tax relief can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta or by calling 703-222-8234.

February 15, 2017
e-ffordable Special Alert
North Hill Poised to Become an Affordable and Market-Rate Housing Hub on Richmond Highway. After many attempts over the years, new housing options are poised for a vacant property along Richmond Highway that was originally bought for affordable housing. Click here to read the full article.

February 13, 2017
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled to March 10
Meeting to take place at Residences at Government Center
The Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 10, from 1- 3 p.m. instead of on Friday, March 3PLEASE NOTE:  The meeting will take place at The Residences at the Government Center (11851 Monument Dr., Fairfax)not the Fairfax County Government CenterAttendees will have an opportunity to tour the Residences at the Government Center after the meeting.  More information regarding the agenda and meeting logistics will be forthcoming.

January 27, 2017
Mark Your Calendars for February 6!
CCFAC to Hold Non-profit Dialogue on RFP Process
The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites your organization to a non-profit dialogue regarding how to effectively allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) capital funding to non-profit organizations through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Click here to read the full article.

2016 Conrad Egan Excellence Awards
On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Conrad Egan Excellence Award ceremony was held in the FCRHA Board Room at One University Drive to recognize exceptional efforts and contributions of staff members at HCD. Click here to read the full article.

The New State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) is Underway in Fairfax County
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will sign its first tenants under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) in mid-February. SRAP is 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.

Amy Ginger to Remain at HUD; Russell Lee to Remain as Acting Deputy Director of Operations for HCD
Amy Ginger, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) new hire for the Deputy Director of Operations position, has decided to remain at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Russell Lee, Director of Rental Services, will remain as Acting Deputy Director of Operations at HCD until further notice. The agency plans to reinitiate the search for the position in the near future.

Free Tax Help for Fairfax County Residents
If you (or someone you know) worked in 2016, and earned less than $54,000, then you may qualify for free tax service through Fairfax County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The tax service is provided by community volunteers who are designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as certified tax preparers. They will ensure that you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for tax credits. You will need to bring photo ID and other documents. Families throughout Northern Virginia received over $9.5 million in federal refunds last tax season through this free service.

For more information about this free tax service, click here.

Housing Added to Fairfax County’s Diversion First Initiative
Fairfax County’s Diversion First initiative has added housing to the program that offers alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness, developmental disability or substance use disorder who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low level offenses.

“It was recognized that lack of housing was a barrier for people who were eligible for diversion; approximately $500,000 was allocated by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to help remedy this critical issue,” according to Daryl Washington, Deputy Director for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. “Without housing, there was often no place for a diverted person to go; this gap had to be addressed.”
Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 

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