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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.
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  Top News  
  Friday, July 18, 2014

 
 

Mondloch Place Wins NACo Award
Project Receives Additional National Recognition

The National Association of Counties (NACo) announced that Mondloch Place has received a 2014 Achievement Award, one of nine awards Fairfax County received from NACo.  Mondloch Place is located in the Alexandria portion of the county and offers 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units, with on-site supportive services, for formerly homeless individuals.  This innovative new facility, which opened in September 2013, is owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and operated by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) and New Hope Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing and support services provider.  Mondloch Place is a critical component of Fairfax County’s Housing Blueprint and the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness within ten years.

The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes innovative county government programs in various categories, such as Human Services, under which Mondloch Place was recognized. 
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Residences at the Government Center Takes a Big Step Forward
VHDA Provides 9 Percent Tax Credits for Development Near Government Center Complex

The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has provided an allocation of 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the development of the Residences at the Government Center, a complex located near the Fairfax County Government Center in the Braddock District.  It is expected that with this important tool, $33.36 million in private investment will be generated  and allow the project to go forward.

The Residences at the Government Center will be a LEED-certified, 270-unit apartment complex that will provide workforce housing.  Marketing of the property will be targeted to Fairfax County employees, although the project will not be restricted to county employees.  Units will be affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with a minimum of 20 percent of the units being affordable to households at or below 50 percent AMI.  The development will incorporate green building, universal, and sustainable design features.Click here to read the full article.


 
 

Progress Continues on Kate’s Place
Construction of Six Units of Affordable Housing is Halfway Completed!

In its continuing efforts to reduce homelessness, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, is constructing six units of permanent supportive  housing adjacent to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in the Springfield District.  The six units, known as “Kate’s Place,” will be occupied by extremely low income and formerly homeless families. The development will be operated by the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.Kate’s Place is being built as two separate three-unit buildings.  The buildings are Energy Star compliant and are designed to resemble large single family houses similar to those of the adjacent properties.  The lower-level units are fully handicapped accessible. Click here to read the full article.


Kate's Place  
 

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 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/wdu/wdu_pricing_7-2014.pdf or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/wdupricing.pdf.
The public is invited to provide written comment until Thursday, August 28.  Comments must be submitted via either:

  • Overnight courier (e.g., FedEx) or regular mail, postmarked no later than August 28, 2014, to
    Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz, Affordable Dwelling Unit Project Administrator
    Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
    3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300                                                                                                            
    Fairfax, VA 22030-6039
    or

Written comments will be reviewed and forwarded to the County Executive.

 
 

 

National Low Income Housing Coalition Out of Reach 2014 Report Available to Public
Report Highlights Growing Gap Between Wages and Rents Nationwide

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2014, its annual report on rental affordability in the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Out of Reach. The study includes an analysis of data for each state, county and metropolitan statistical area such as the annual income needed to afford the Fair Market Rent (FMR; as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).  The analysis shows that there is no state where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent.

Out of Reach 2014 continues to demonstrate that rent affordability is an ongoing challenge in Fairfax County.  In Fairfax County, the report found that the annual salary needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the FMR of $1,469 was $58,760 – 55 percent of the Area Median Income for a family of four.  According to the report, a minimum wage earner would have to work nearly four full-time jobs to afford a two-bedroom unit at the FMR in Fairfax County. 

Out of Reach 2014 can be found at http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/2014OOR.pdf.

 

 
 

Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Amends Schedule of Meeting Dates for Calendar Year 2014

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) rescheduled the October 30, 2014 FCRHA meeting to November 13, 2014, due to a conflict with the 2014 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference.

 


 
       

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