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2014 Meeting Dates of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:

  • September 26, 2014
    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Fairfax County Government Center,
    Conference Rooms 9 & 10

  • December 19, 2014
    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Fairfax County Government Center,
    Conference Rooms 9 & 10


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Special Alert: We Need Your Feedback!

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

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

You can view the presentation, targets matrix, and meeting summary at the links below.

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

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

The County Executive establishes WDU sales prices after consideration of written comment from the public and HCD, as well as other information that may be available.   The draft of proposed sales prices for WDUs is available on line at or

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

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

Commissioner Schwaninger was appointed to the FCRHA in 2006 and has served as FCRHA Finance Committee chairman for the past five years. Schwaninger, an attorney, has been practicing before the Federal Communications Commission since 1982, and began his own firm in 1986. Since that time, he has represented hundreds of businesses, licensees, tower owners, and persons before the FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and various federal agencies and offices.  Commissioner Schwaninger became involved in community activities in 2001 when he joined with his neighbors to participate informally in local land use issues.  In 2005, he became Chairman of the Mason District Area Plan task force, guiding the task force to provide a forum for citizens to offer all levels of input related to future land development throughout the district. 

Commissioner Jasper was appointed to the FCRHA in 1997 and is a past chair of the FCRHA’s Housing Ownership, Management and Security Committee. He retired from DICHROMA, Inc. in 2008, where he served as vice president and director of human resources, but has continued to build on a long record of community service.

Jasper was the founder of Project MANHOOD, which mentors boys between ages 7 and 17, and has also been a member of the Urban League Guild for approximately 15 years. He served a distinguished military career and retired from the Army Medical Service Corps in 1980 as a lieutenant colonel. In addition to his work with the FCRHA, Commissioner Jasper serves as Chair of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees and the National Council of Urban League Guilds. 

Robert Schwaninger, FCRHA Chairman

Willard Jasper, Vice-Chairman





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

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

The home will serve six individuals with intellectual disabilities, particularly those with intense needs.  Some of the residents will have come to this home from the Northern Virginia Training Center, while others will have transferred from other local Community Havens properties that are not equipped to provide the same level of support. 

The newly constructed single level home has an open floor plan and will provide ample space for the residents. With wide doors and bathrooms; the home is specially adapted for those with physical as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Residents of the home will have their own room to personally design and decorate.  Click here to read the full article.


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

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

The document reveals how long affordability periods, strong legal mechanisms, carefully designed resale formulas, dedicated program stewardship, and strategic partnerships help preserve affordable homes produced by inclusionary housing programs. 
A national inventory of local inclusionary housing programs was compiled for this report and indicates that inclusionary housing policies can be found in nearly 500 local jurisdictions across 27 states and Washington, D.C. Fairfax County is featured in the report.

To view Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing, please visit:



Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Issues The State of the Nation’s Housing 2014

Report shows many communities still struggle

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released The State of the Nation's Housing 2014 report.  The report projects that the nationwide housing recovery should continue, but also faces a number of challenges, including tight credit, continuing elevated unemployment, and mounting student loan debt among young Americans.  These factors, says the report, are moderating growth and keeping millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market.

The report also indicates that more than a third of households in the United States live in housing that exceeds their means, based on the traditional affordability standard of housing costs of no more than 30 percent of a household’s income.  The future looks bleak for cost-burdened renters, according to the report, as the cost of market-rate housing will continue to be out of reach for many, even with a pickup in income growth and an easing in rents.
The State of the Nation's Housing 2014 can be found at









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