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Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

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. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Reflections from Paula Sampson             
As I approach my retirement from Fairfax County, I want to wish you all a fond farewell and share my reflections on my 22 years with the County and particularly, these past 15 years as Director of HCD and the FCRHA.  It has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed every minute.  It is amazing how fast time flies and while I intend to stay active in affordable housing in the coming years, I am grateful for the partnership, friendship and working relationships I have been fortunate to have here.Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Personal Story
Residents of FCRHA Properties Achieve Academic Success

The Stories of Two Residents Exemplify the Importance of Educational Accomplishments

A recent review of academic achievements by residents at four properties owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has revealed some impressive statistics.  The nonprofit organization, Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services (FACETS), works with youth and adults at Barros Circle, Ragan Oaks, Robinson Square, and Wedgewood Apartments.   Information that they gathered on youth shows that 38 elementary school-aged students made the honor roll this past school year as did seven middle-school students and 13 high-schoolers.  The report also shows that ten youth from these properties graduated from high school this year. Click here to read the full article. 

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
MTW Pilot Success Story

In 2013, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was named a “Moving to Work” (MTW) agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in 2013.  The MTW designation allows housing authorities the flexibility to create programs that work best for their residents, allowing them to design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies to improve cost-effectiveness and help families achieve self-sufficiency.  Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Tips Article

A Warm Bed on a Cold Night:  Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Program


As winter weather brings freezing temperatures, the risk of hypothermia and even death is a very real concern for our homeless population. Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness is collaborating with local non-profits to safeguard vulnerable residents and provide shelter and services during the winter months through the Hypothermia Prevention Program.  In addition, Fairfax County’s human service agencies provide supportive services with case management for homeless individuals and families.  Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, March 7, 2014
Rochelle’s Story: A Dream Comes True
Mondloch Place Provides Hope – and a Place to Call Home

Rochelle never thought she’d become homeless, living day-to-day at the mercy of others.

Rochelle’s path to homelessness started tragically at an early age.  Her mother passed away and she moved in with her grandmother at the age of eight. Sadly, Rochelle’s grandmother passed away, and she moved in with her father who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. After his death, Rochelle abused drugs to “numb the pain,” as she describes it, and drifted from place to place.
Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, March 7, 2014
Partners in Action: Helping Residents Reach Their Education Goals

For everyone, education is essential to achieving success in life.  This is especially the case for participants in affordable housing programs, who need both a place to call home and educational services to help them reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is partnering with a local non-profit organization, to provide a variety of services for residents of two of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) affordable housing communities in Annandale: Wedgewood Apartments and the adjacent Little River Square. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, March 7, 2014
Renters Comprise One-Third of Households in Fairfax County


Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 33 percent of households in Fairfax County rent their housing units.  The data, part of the 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, reveals that 130,091 of the 391,216 occupied housing units in the county are renter-occupied.  The percentage of renter-occupied housing is trending upward from 2011 (32 percent) and 2010 (30 percent).

In its study Housing the Region’s Future Workforce 2012-2032 released in December 2013, George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) projects that between 2012 and 2032 approximately 134,000 net new jobs will be created in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.  With these new jobs comes a demand for additional housing.  CRA estimates that approximately 45,000 net new housing units will be needed in the county and the two cities by 2022 and approximately 83,000 by 2032.  Of those 83,000 units, CRA projects that approximately 22,500 (27 percent) of them will be renter-occupied. Click here to read the full article.
 
 

Friday, March 7, 2014
Free Tax Resources

Free Tax Preparation

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is assisting low-income families in Fairfax County with free income tax preparation and filing. If you worked in 2013, and earned less than $52,000, then you may qualify. IRS certified volunteers will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit.
Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
“George” and “Tom” and a Place to Call Home
FCRHA/CSB Partnership Provides New Housing Options for Community’s Most Vulnerable Residents

Having a disability can be difficult even under the best of circumstances.  For our most vulnerable, low-income neighbors with disabilities, meeting the basic need of a home with supportive services is a tremendous challenge.  But, thanks to a unique partnership between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) and their non-profit partners, people like “George” and “Tom” have a place to call home. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Partners in Action: Keeping Kids Well-Nourished Over the Summer
Effort Helped Young People Dependent on School Lunch Program

Many children in Fairfax County depend on the nutrition provided by the free and reduced school meals programs during the school year.  But what happens during the summer?  For kids living in two Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) affordable housing communities, Fairfax County’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helped fill the gap – and a lot of empty stomachs. 
Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Partners in Action: Cedar Ridge Garden Wins Neighborhood Partnership Award

Cedar Ridge is a 195-unit apartment complex in the Hunter Mill District that is part of the Fairfax County Rental Program administered by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). At Cedar Ridge, leaders have emerged from the community who regularly volunteer for community programs and projects. One such project is the Community Garden project. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Stay Informed, Stay Prepared Year-Round

While National Preparedness Month has come to a close, there’s still plenty of ways to stay prepared – and informed – throughout the calendar year.

One important way to stay prepared for the unexpected is to sign up for the county’s emergency alert network and emergency blog. Social media is valued for its ability to keep us up-to-date and up-to-the-minute with news and alerts, and these county tools are no exception when it comes to delivering important information when you need it. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

June 24, 2013

From Homelessness to a Better Tomorrow
A Bridging Affordability Success Story

Martha was determined to give her daughter a safe, stable home. Her story is one of a woman that kept a relentlessly positive outlook who worked hard and found, with the help of Fairfax County’s Bridging Affordability program, a place to call home.

Martha’s Story
Martha moved from Louisiana to Virginia in June 2008 with her then 10-year-old daughter. As a single mom looking to provide the best for her child, Martha was drawn to the potential for higher paying jobs and exceptional public education. Martha instantly fell in love with life in Northern Virginia. Within a month, she found a full-time job as a cook and, shortly thereafter, a part-time job as a sales associate. Things were looking up in Martha’s world. In July 2009, she accepted the head kitchen position at a startup restaurant and was able to move with her daughter into her own apartment. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

June 24, 2013

Keeping Hope Alive
Housing Choice Voucher Participant Finds Success through Determination

Keaira has had many challenges in her life, including growing up in poverty, homelessness and motherhood at an early age. However, Keaira was determined to break the cycle of poverty, change her life and become a success story. 

Keaira’s Story
Keaira grew up in a Public Housing community, with her single mother raising five children, and when Keaira became pregnant at the age of 15 she assumed she would continue in her mother’s footsteps. She moved to Richmond in hopes of turning things around and had another baby. Unfortunately, Keaira met with little success. She was young, alone and had nowhere to go. Keaira returned to Northern Virginia with her children – and with hope for a brighter future. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

June 24, 2013

Painting a Perfect World
Senior Resident’s Painting Featured in Annual NAHMA Calendar

Ruth K. Kaufman, a resident at the senior community Winter Hill Apartments located in the City of Falls Church, received an honorable mention for her submission in the National Affordable Housing Management Association’s (NAHMA) 2013 Calendar Contest.  Ruth’s poster was chosen from over 5,000 contest submissions and is featured in the 2013 NAHMA calendar.  The theme of the 2013 calendar is “Let’s Take Care of Our World” with an underlying message of promoting a drug-free community which has been part of the annual calendar contest for the past 26 years. The contest is open to children, elderly/disabled and special needs residents of NAHMA-member affordable housing communities nationwide. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

June 24, 2013

Getting a Helping Hand with the Housing Process:  “Third-Party” Authorizations

Sometimes managing the information and the process required for participating in Fairfax County’s federal Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs can appear complicated and challenging.  Do you or a loved one need help with this process?  If so, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has a way for applicants and participants in its programs to designate a trusted “third party” – a friend, relative, caseworker – to receive notices, make sure information stays up-to-date, and assist their friend, family or client with their housing. 

Third-party authorization is a voluntary process that can be used by any applicant to or participant in the Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing and Fairfax County Rental Programs.  The federal form to designate a third-party is available on our website at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/rentalhousingprograms/hud92006.pdfClick here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Helping our Veterans Have a Place to Call Home: 
VASH Program Turning Hope into a Better Tomorrow in Fairfax County


On Monday, November 11, the nation will observe Veteran’s Day, a national holiday that honors our nation’s veterans who have served and sacrificed so much for our country.  Sadly, many veterans experience hardships finding work or face homelessness after concluding their service to their country. One such veteran, John Haigler, was able to move from homelessness to a place to call home through a partnership between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. VASH provides rental assistance vouchers to veterans who are also receiving supportive services from Veterans Affairs. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Partnerships in Action: Pathway Homes, Fairfax County Helping our Veterans

This Veterans Day, as we remember the sacrifices of those who have served, an important new partnership is underway and providing a place to call home for veterans.  Pathway Homes, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disabilities in Northern Virginia, is utilizing a group home off of West Ox Road to serve individuals who are homeless, with a preference for veterans in need of housing.  This project is made possible through a partnership between Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), other county agencies, and Pathway Homes.  Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Stay Warm This Winter:  Fairfax County’s Crisis Assistance Program

As winter weather approaches, residents of Fairfax County can expect freezing temperatures in the coming months.The Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers the Crisis Assistance Program, which helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits as well as funding to repair or replace heating equipment.  The application period began Thursday, November 1, 2012 and closes on Friday, March 15, 2013. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Making Career Dreams a Reality: An HCD Intern’s Story 

A rewarding career in an in-demand field – it’s a dream most young people share.  They just need an opportunity.  For Dylan Thornton, a recent high school graduate and a Housing Choice Voucher program participant in Fairfax County, that dream is working in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) field.

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) PROGRESS Center has a partnership with the SkillSource Educating Youth through Employment (EYE) Program, which sponsors a summer internship program for young adults whose families receive housing assistance – people just like Dylan.

Click here to read the full article.

 
  Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

PARTNERSHIP CORNER: 

PROGRESS Center, Neighborhood Community Services Team Up with Local Non-Profit to Bring Free Tai Chi Class to Falls Church Residents

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) PROGRESS Center, in partnership with the county’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, addressed the need of providing a bilingual fitness class for adults and seniors at Greenwood Apartments. Greenwood Apartments is a federal Public Housing property owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and located in the Falls Church area.

The Neighborhood Community Services coordinated with Compassionate Service Society (CSS) East, a non-profit organization focused on teaching Integral Tai Chi, a unique form of Tai Chi combined with yoga and meditation. The classes are taught by volunteers of the CSS in both English and Vietnamese and are held Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center. The class is free of cost to residents. Originally, the classes were only scheduled through until September 20, but due to the popularity of the class, it will be held on a permanent basis. The PROGRESS Center hopes to expand this program to other communities in Fairfax County.

 
 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

GMU, HCD Form New Partnership to Assess Resident Needs at Senior Properties

Throughout this month, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in partnership with George Mason University’s (GMU) School of Nursing will be conducting a needs assessment survey for the residents at two Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority-owned senior communities, Little River Glen and Olley Glen senior residences throughout October.  Both communities are part of the “Glens at Little River” senior campus, which also includes the Braddock Glen assisted living facility. 

This needs assessment will provide HCD with valuable information about the needs of the residents and services that might be beneficial for them and would help HCD in planning for ways to address these needs. GMU generously responded assigning two groups of Master Degree Nurse Practitioners to conduct the survey. Meetings will be held with the residents and the entire process will be explained to them, including that participation is voluntary and their responses will be anonymous.  At the end of the semester, the GMU School of Nursing will provide HCD with the results of the survey.  The student nurses will, however, refer persons to HCD’s PROGRESS Center immediately if they find residents who need prompt assistance. Sharron Dreyer, a Housing Services Specialist with the HCD PROGRESS Center was instrumental in helping develop this important new partnership with GMU.

 
 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Commitment to Service Helps Children Get a Good Start to the School Year


As families geared up for their children to go back to school in this tough economy, many have a difficult time with buying basic supplies for their children. To help out, staff of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) sponsors an annual school supply drive benefitting children of a designated Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority-owned property.

This year, school supplies were collected throughout the summer at each HCD office.  Just before the start of the school year, the supplies were distributed to children at the Old Mill Gardens and West Ford, both of which are FCRHA-owned Public Housing communities located in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.  Young residents of both communities were invited to browse the items and select the the school supplies of their choice for their upcoming school year.

 
  Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Emergency Preparedness for Those with Medical Needs
Sign up for the Medical Needs Registry


Does someone you know have special medical needs?  Do you or a loved one have a medical disability and would need assistance in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes, or hazardous material spills?  If so, the Medical Needs Registry may be a useful tool for you or a loved one. The Medical Needs Registry is an emergency preparedness tool used by Fairfax County official for communicating with medical needs, pre-event emergency planning, and for evacuating and sheltering during actual emergencies.  During a major crisis or emergency, Fairfax County uses the award winning Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) to deliver important emergency alerts, notifications and updates. Fairfax County Government offers the Medical Needs Registry and the CEAN as a public service.

How to Register: To register with Fairfax County, please proceed to the Medical Needs Registry Form. Complete all sections of this application. If more than one person in your household needs assistance during evacuations, each person must complete a separate application.

What Happens Next: 
If determined eligible for the registry, you will be contacted by or on behalf of the Special Needs Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management after you complete the application. You will be contacted on an annual basis to re-certify your need for this program. You do not need to complete an application every year. Also, you are encouraged to update your information if it changes.

 
 

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
A Triumph over Hardship: Gilda’s Story

Gilda Mendizabal’s dream of a bright future for her three daughters is beginning to come true, thanks to her hard work, dedication, and a helping hand. 

Gilda immigrated to the United States from Mexico, hoping for more opportunity. She met her husband and started a family.  Sadly, when Gilda’s daughters were in their early teens, her husband walked away from his home and his family – leaving Gilda struggling to make ends meet.  With limited resources, Gilda didn’t know where to turn. Finally, she applied and was accepted into the Public Housing Program twelve years ago. She is grateful for the opportunity to have a stable home for her and her daughters.

Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Calm in the Storm:  Senior Communities Respond to the “Derecho” Storm

The strength of a community is often most evident during the most trying of circumstances.  One such incident was the recent “derecho” storm, during which thousands of residents across the region lost power for several days, and had to suffer through near-record high temperatures with no air conditioning.  Nowhere was the strength of a community more visible in the aftermath of the storm than in two senior housing communities owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA): the Glens at Little River, in central Fairfax, and Lewinsville, located in McLean.

Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Fall College Access Workshops: Register Now!

The Adult Career Pathways (ACP) program is a service provided by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) designed to assist low wage workers, work-eligible immigrants, and unemployed and under-employed individuals in developing an education/training plan to earn a certificate or credential that can help put them on the path to a better job, career advancement and greater economic security.   The program pairs students with an academic counselor to help them in navigating the challenges adult students face when attending college.  There is no fee to students to take part in the program; a brochure about the ACP program is available here

Click here to read the full article.

 
  Faces of Housing Newsletter Takes a Summer Break
Next “Faces” Newsletter in September


The Faces of Housing e-newsletter will resume publication in September. In the event that breaking news occurs, a special issue of the newsletter will be published. If you have any questions, please contact Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-246-5260 TTY: 703-385-3578 or e-mail rha@fairfaxcounty.gov. Have a great summer!
 
 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Partners in Action: West Ford Community Garden

The seeds are sprouting in the new community garden just planted at West Ford. West Ford is  a 105-unit Public Housing community in the Mount Vernon District.  The garden is the result of a cooperative effort involving the West Ford residents, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE).  The garden project is part of an ongoing effort to bring education and resources to the West Ford community designed to cultivate healthy living and community building. Established by HCD’s PROGRESS Center, along with NCS and VCE, as well as Lowes and the Horticulture Department of Northern Virginia Community College, the new garden took root this spring. Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Monday, July 2, 2012

Giving Back: Public Housing Resident Serves Her Community

Yen Trough, 28, a Public Housing resident, wanted nothing more than to finish her education so she could have a better life for her family and give back to her community.

Yen’s Story

Yen has always been determined to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In 2001, upon graduation from high school, Yen enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) for her Associate Degree.  Yen was interested in continuing her education, so she applied to George Mason University (GMU). It was during this time that she was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening illness.  Her life changed dramatically. Forced to pause her education, Yen received treatments for the next two years. When she had overcome her illness, Yen was determined to pick up her education where she left off and re-enrolled at GMU.  In 2011, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

Click here to read the full article.


 
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Out of Tragedy, a Journey Toward Independence:
One Family, a Place to Call Home, and a Chance for Self-Sufficiency

Karren Dubose, a Housing Choice Voucher participant and resident of Reston, wanted nothing more than to achieve self-sufficiency for her and her children.  Her journey from incarceration and homelessness to a permanent, stable home and increased self-sufficiency is a testament of her hard work and determination. 

Karren's Story

Karren experienced tough times when  her and her husband divorced. Soon after, Karen lost custody of her children and had financial problems.  It was when Karen hit rock bottom that she  was referred to the non-profit organization Shelter House, which operates the Katherine Hanley Shelter. Karren worked with Shelter House and took a parenting course to regain custody of her son. Karren worked with Brian Rick, a case worker at the Katherine Hanley Shelter that provided her with supportive services such as helping her participate in job training groups. “Brian Rick saw more in me than I could see. He knew that I could make so much more money I just needed to keep looking for that better job.”

Click here to read the full article.

 
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Partners in Action: Mondloch House

Mondloch House, a 45-bed homeless shelter in the Lee District, is slated for renovation to create 20 much-needed affordable efficiency units.  The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development is developing the “Residences at Mondloch” in partnership with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, New Hope Housing, and other community partners.

Mondloch is currently is operated by New Hope Housing under contract with the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH).  Both New Hope Housing and OPEH expressed an interest in upgrading the building and improving its functionality to provide efficiency units for formerly homeless adults under a Housing First Program. The project is expected to renovate the existing 8,463 square foot building and add 2,953 square feet of new floor space.

Renovation of Mondloch is expected to begin in June 2012 with an anticipated completion date of June 2013. An estimated $3,353,204 will be used for substantial renovation of the existing homeless shelter facility and conversion to residential studio units for “Housing First.”

Click here to view a rendering of Residences at Mondloch.
Click here to view a colored elevation.
Click here to view the floor plan for Residences at Mondloch

 
 

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Free Tax Preparation: There’s Still Time!

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is leading the campaign this year for the Northern Virginia Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Campaign. This program has volunteers to assist with the filing of federal income tax returns. Sites are open until April 17, 2012.

If you worked in 2011 and earned less than $50,000, then you may qualify for this free program. The following is a list of things to bring with you:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards and birthdates for all parties
  • Wage/earnings statements
  • Unemployment compensation,
  • Interest and dividend statements
  • Day care expenses paid in 2011, day care provider’s name, address and Federal ID number
  • Student loan interest payments, record of tuition or student loan payments
  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns
  • Record of any sales tax paid on new vehicles purchased in 2011
  • Record of any real estate taxes paid in 2011
  • Record of any economic recovery payment received.

Bring a check or deposit slip if you want direct deposit for any refund for which you are eligible.

Please also note that if you are married and filing a joint return both husband and wife must be present.

Sites are conveniently located throughout Northern Virginia. For specifics regarding each location or to find out about appointments, please go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs or to http://www.nvacash.org/vita or contact Falls Church SkillSource Center by phone at 703-533-5400 or TTY 703-533-5316.

 
 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Partnership in Action: Pathway Homes
NSP-funded Home Operated By Those Served

Having a sense of community and a place to call home is all Eleanor Pohorylo ever wanted. Pathway Homes, a local non-profit that provides supportive affordable housing to persons with disabilities, was able to make Eleanor’s dream a reality.  In September 2010, Pathway Homes purchased and renovated a foreclosed home in the Chantilly area using federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds provided by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

The home is fully operated by its residents. A peer counselor from Pathway Homes lives with the residents. The residents are responsible for the daily operations of the home including expenditure, assigning housekeeping tasks among each other, and internally resolving conflicts. When vacancies occur, residents are responsible for the selection of tenants by conducting interviews. The program offers residents an opportunity to strengthen their skills and allows them to be self-sufficient. In addition, the program assists residents with employment opportunities and career development.


Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Friday, January 27, 2012

A “Hand Up”, Not a Handout:  Housing Choice Voucher Participant Moves Toward Self-Sufficiency, Gives Another Family a Chance to Succeed

Sonia Sabath, a former participant in the Housing Choice Voucher program, recently gave up her voucher so another family would have the same opportunity to succeed.  Sonia, who had a voucher through the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, left the program last November and moved into a new home. 

Over the years, Sonia worked as many as three jobs at once in an effort to give her three children a better life. When Sonia had trouble making ends meet, she applied for and received a Housing Choice Voucher. The rental assistance she received with her voucher allowed her to focus more on her children.  Now adults, Sonia’s children all have successful careers; two them have master’s degrees and one is planning on becoming a doctor. 


Click here to read the full article

 
 

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Warm Bed on a Cold Night:  Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Program

As winter weather brings freezing temperatures, the risk of hypothermia and even death is a very real concern for our homeless population. Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness is collaborating with local non-profits to safeguard vulnerable residents and provide shelter and services during the winter months through the Hypothermia Prevention Program.  In addition, Fairfax County’s human service agencies provide supportive services with case management for homeless individuals and families. 

Click here to read the full article

 

 
  Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

Helping our Veterans Have a Place to Call Home:  Success Stories from the VASH Program

Every November, we observe Veterans Day, a time to reflect on and honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.  Sadly, many veterans experience homelessness after concluding their service to their country. Two such veterans, Johnny Briscoe and Garnett Heilig, have transitioned from homelessness to having “having a place to call home” through a partnership between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) program. VASH provides rental assistance vouchers to vets who are also receiving supportive services from the VA.


Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

Partnership in Action:
Christian Relief Services, Fairfax County and “A Place to Call Home”

Christian Relief Services and Fairfax County have a long-standing, successful partnership to provide housing and services to homeless families.  Christian Relief Services (CRS), a non-profit organization, uses Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other federal funding provided by Fairfax County for its Homeless Transitional Housing program.  The goal of this program, which began in 1993, is to bridge the gap when permanent housing is not available at the time the household leaves an emergency shelter.  The program provides opportunities for motivated participants to obtain the necessary skills, income, and services to obtain permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency.  As a part of the program, CRS provides clients with case management, support services, budgeting and financial management counseling.

CRS owns 45 scattered site properties through out the county, which are used to provide transitional housing for formerly homeless households exiting emergency shelters, including seniors, persons with disabilities and victims of domestic violence.  Most recently, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has used federal funding to finance the acquisition and/or rehabilitation by CRS of three properties, which provide seven beds of permanent supportive housing.

Click here to read the full article

 
 


Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

A Great Way to Give Back:  Donate to Your Local Food Bank

As the holidays and winter approach, our thoughts turn to our families and friends - and to those in need throughout our community. 

As area food bank supplies decrease, the demand for services is rising during this time of year. Help those in need by donating to your local food bank. Please donate non-perishable items that are in unopened containers. Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Friday, Oct. 7, 2011


From Homeless to a Place Called Home
A Bridging Affordability Success Story

Sometimes the journey home can be a long one, as Rashon Allen, 30, can attest.  Rashon recently became one of the first individuals to rent a home through Fairfax County’s new Bridging Affordability Program, thanks to his hard work and the assistance of Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

Rashon’s Story:  Beginning at age 14, Rashon Allen found himself in and out of institutions and jail.  More recently, Rashon was homeless and moving from shelter to shelter – or sleeping on the street.  Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOAC) began working with Rashon, and helped him find safety at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter.  (VOAC is a member of the Northern Virginia Family Service Collaborative, which administers the Bridging Affordability Program on behalf of Fairfax County).

Click here to read the full article.

 
 


Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

Partnerships in Action: The Bridging Affordability Program
Working Together to Move People from Hope to Home


“Bridging Affordability” is an innovative new program developed as part of the County’s Blueprint for affordable housing. The Bridging Affordability program provides rental subsidies for homeless individuals and families, those with disabilities, as well as households currently on the waiting lists for Fairfax County’s housing programs. 

Fairfax County is operating the Bridging Affordability Program through a $3.8 million contract with Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), which is leading a collaborative of nine non-profit organizations. The collaborative includes NVFS, Alternative House, FACETS, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, New Hope Housing, Reston Interfaith, Shelter House, United Community Ministries and Volunteers of America Chesapeake. The collaborative will provide rental subsidies and an array of supportive services to program participants.


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Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

The Bridge from Hope to Home
Helping People in Need Apply for the Bridging Affordability Program


Is someone you know homeless?  Do you or a loved one have a disability and need housing assistance?  Are you on one of Fairfax County’s waiting lists for affordable housing?  If so, the Bridging Affordability program may be able to help. Bridging Affordability provides rental assistance to qualified households, through a contract with Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). 

Who to Call:  If you (or someone you are helping) are currently homeless in Fairfax County and/or on a county waiting list for affordable housing, call NVFS at 703-219-2183.

What Happens Next:  If determined eligible for the Bridging Affordability program, NVFS and its partners will work with participants to secure affordable rental housing and can provide services to assist families in achieving economic self-sufficiency.

 
 


Friday, June 24, 2011


West Ford Community Celebrates Father’s Day

Fathers – and father figures – play an irreplaceable role in the lives of children.  To celebrate the importance of this role, the residents of the West Ford community (Mount Vernon District) partnered with the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) PROGRESS Center, other county agencies and the schools to host a Father’s Day event on Saturday, June 11, 2011.  Click here to read full article.

 
 


Friday, June 24, 2011


HCD Deputy Director Mary Stevens to Retire

On July 1, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development will bid a fond farewell to Mary Stevens, Deputy Director, as she retires after 24 years of service to the citizens of Fairfax County.  During her tenure with the county, Mary has worked with the Reston Community Center, the Department of Management and Budget and the Office of the County Executive, but spent the bulk of her career with HCD, first as Director of Public Affairs, then as Deputy Director.  Through her work, Mary has touched the lives of thousands of people in the Fairfax community. Click here to read full article.

 
 
Friday, June 24, 2011


Neighbors Going Hungry:  How You Can Help


What if you had to make the choice between food and medication, or food and paying this month’s rent?  Unfortunately, there are many families and individuals in Fairfax County who have to make those very difficult decisions each day.  Especially as the economy struggles to recover and jobs and homes have been lost, many in the Fairfax community are struggling to meet the basic necessities of life. Click here to read full article.
 
 


Friday, May 27, 2011

Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club Makes Generous Gift to the Lincolnian Senior Residences

Community action is often born of a clear need that becomes, through the efforts of an individual or small group, a mission to be accomplished.  Such was the case with the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club whose thoughtfulness and generosity will assist with replacement of worn-out courtyard furniture at the Lincolnian Senior Residences, an affordable senior housing community in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. 

The courtyard furniture, which has been well-used by the residents for many years, is showing signs of age. Upon learning of the need to replace the furniture, Mr. Robert Glasser, treasurer of the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club, advocated for the cause with his fellow club members.  Thanks to Mr. Glasser’s efforts, the Rotary Club and some of its members individually made donations totaling more than $2,900 toward the purchase of new courtyard furniture. 

The Rotary Club presented their checks on May 20 to Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross and Mason District FCRHA Commissioner Robert H. Schwaninger, who attended the monthly Rotary meeting at Goodwin House.

Many thanks to Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club and Mr. Glasser for their generosity and caring!  The residents at the Lincolnian Residences are looking forward to enjoying their new courtyard furniture very soon.

About the Lincolnian Senior Residences:  Lincolnian Senior Residences is a senior living community comprised of 26 affordable rental apartments and 52 beds of assisted living.  The rental apartments are affordable to low and moderate income seniors age 62 and over; the assisted living portion of the property serves seniors age 62 and over, and persons with disabilities aged 55 and over.  The Lincolnian Senior Residences are operated by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  The property also includes a senior center which offers exercise classes, table games and other social activities and cultural enrichment events, and an Adult Day Health Care Program, to the residents of the Lincolnian and the surrounding community. 

 
 


Friday, May 20, 2011

Partnerships in Action:
  Reston Interfaith, Graceful Spaces and Fairfax County Working Together to Provide a Home for Large Family in Crisis


On Wednesday, May 18, Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation (RIHC) hosted an open house event at a townhouse it recently acquired in the Town of Herndon.  The townhouse was renovated using environmentally friendly materials and technologies.

The acquisition, renovation and leasing of the unit are the product of a unique partnership between Reston Interfaith, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and Graceful Spaces, a local volunteer organization that assists with acquiring household furnishings for lower income residents.  RIHC acquired the unit as affordable housing using federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds awarded by Fairfax County. HCD’s Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) provided funding to facilitate the renovation.  The acquisition and rehabilitation funding was provided as loans by the FCRHA.  RIHC renovated the townhouse in collaboration with Graceful Spaces, along with other volunteer groups. 
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Friday, May 20, 2011


Living the Spirit of Public Service: Fairfax County’s Home Repair for the Elderly Staff


Earlier this month, Fairfax County celebrated Public Service Recognition Week, highlighting the dedication of public employees to making our community a great place to live.  Dedication to public service is clearly evident among the staff of the Fairfax County’s Home Repair for the Elderly Program (HREP). 

The ultimate mission of HREP is to enable low-income seniors and persons with disabilities to stay in their homes and maintain their independence.  HREP achieves this mission by providing income-eligible seniors and persons with disabilities minor home repairs or accessibility modifications free of charge.  Click here to read the full article.

 
  Friday, May 20, 2011

Finding a Helping Hand:  Fairfax County’s Human Services Resource Guide


Did you know that Fairfax County maintains an online database of human services organizations that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone with internet access?  The Human Services Resource Guide is a database of public, non-profit, and some private for-profit organizations that provide human services to Fairfax County residents.  The database includes descriptions of services provided, access criteria, location and contact information among other information.   The Guide was designed and is maintained by county Human Services professionals, and is updated on an ongoing basis.

To access the Human Services Resource Guide, please click on the following link: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rim/default.asp.  Visitors to the site are able to search by a service category and/or organization name.
 
 


Friday, April 22, 2011


Virginia’s Livable Home Tax Credit:  Increasing Accessible Housing Options


The Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program provides state tax credits for building, purchasing, or remodeling homes and incorporating accessibility and universal design features. This year, the Virginia General Assembly increased the LHTC from $2,000 to $5,000 and expanded eligibility for the credit to include home builders to further encourage expansion of accessible housing opportunities.

New Construction:  To qualify for the tax credit, a new home must include at least three universal design features.

Existing Homes:  To qualify for the tax credit, an existing home must include at least one universal design feature. 

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Friday, April 22, 2011


Out of Many Challenges, a Place to Call Home at Olley Glen Senior Residences


Especially in the most difficult circumstances, finding a place to call home can mean a whole new life, as one resident of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) new Olley Glen Senior Residences has discovered. 

The resident had a thriving twelve-year career as an attorney, in spite of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988.  In 1992, however, she suffered debilitating effects from the disease and was forced to go on disability. The resident found herself in and out of nursing homes before deciding to move in with a sibling in upstate New York – a living situation which sadly became exploitative.  She soon was forced to sign her assets over to her sibling, including a 401K retirement account, an insurance policy, and her condominium.  Instead of keeping the resident’s assets safe, her sibling sold off her property and spent all of her hard earned money. Left with no money or transportation, the resident moved in with friends.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Partnerships in Action:
  HCD’s PROGRESS Center Teams Up with the Family Nutrition Program to Offer Healthy Cooking Classes to Residents at West Ford

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) PROGRESS Center (Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, Resources and Economic Self-Sufficiency) is partnering with the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) to help address the nutrition needs of low income adults and youth living at West Ford.  West Ford is a 105-unit federal Public Housing property owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and located in Alexandria, Virginia.

The FNP program is funded under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and as a part of the Fairfax Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The FNP program coordinates 6-week classes to residents at West Ford on how to cook for healthy weight and lifestyle, stretching food dollars and food stamps, preparing food safely, and preventing chronic disease through nutrition education. The FNP program provides food and teaches residents how to cook healthy meal options. Classes are offered free of cost to residents.  The PROGRESS Center hopes to expand this program to other communities in Fairfax County.

 
 


Friday, March 25, 2011

Fairfax County Partners in PROGRESS
 


The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) newest initiative, the PROGRESS Center (Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, Resources and Economic Self-Sufficiency) addresses obstacles to a household’s journey towards self-sufficiency. In an effort to provide useful resources for residents seeking job opportunities, the PROGRESS Center has partnered with SkillSource, a non-profit entity of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board.  The PROGRESS Center refers tenants of and applicants to Fairfax County affordable housing programs to the SkillSource centers for job readiness skills and also refers contractors, businesses, and non-profit partners to SkillSource to help them meet hiring expectations in federally-funded housing programs.  In turn, SkillSource works with HCD’s partners to help them hire qualified individuals and works with our tenants and applicants to help them find employment.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Herndon Harbor House – A Caring Community


In this tough economy, many people across the nation have suffered job losses which led to the loss of their home.  Such conditions can be especially difficult for seniors who are at or near retirement, as one current resident at the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Herndon Harbor House can attest.  (Herndon Harbor House, a senior housing community located in Herndon, Virginia, offers affordable retirement living for seniors with low and moderate incomes).
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Friday, March 25, 2011


Getting a Helping Hand with the Housing Process:  “Third-Party” Authorizations
Sometimes managing the information and process required for participating in Fairfax County’s federal Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs can appear complicated and challenging.  Do you or a loved one need help with this process?  If so, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has a way for applicants and participants in its programs to designate a trusted “third party” – a friend, relative, caseworker – to receive notices about their housing. 

Third-party authorization is a voluntary process that can be used by any applicant to or participant in the Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing and Fairfax County Rental Programs.  The federal form to designate a third-party is available on our website at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/rentalhousingprograms/hud92006.pdf

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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

A Silver Lining for Clients of Pathway Homes
Sometimes even the most dire situation can have a silver lining. This is truly the case for Pathway Homes, a non-profit organization serving persons with disabilities.  The recent economic downturn resulted in historic levels of foreclosure in the county.  While each foreclosure was a personal loss for someone, some good has come from the otherwise tragic situation.  Through federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds and the county’s “Silver Lining” program, Pathway Homes was able to buy foreclosed homes at below market prices and make them home for 25 individuals.

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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

HCD’s PROGRESS Center Already Making a Difference In Resident Lives
In 2010, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) developed the Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, Resources and Economic Self-Sufficiency (PROGRESS) Center - a resource to assist tenants of and applicants to Fairfax County affordable housing programs to reach their goals of self-sufficiency. Staffed by existing employees with a rich background and experience in HCD housing programs and human services, the PROGRESS Center’s approach includes: intervention to address difficult resident crises and client issues; collaboration with Human Services agencies and non-profits to coordinate needed services and assistance; and efforts to give residents a second chance who may be facing eviction by showing them ways to resolve their issues.

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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Olley Glen Senior Residences –Fairfax County’s Newest Senior Community
Olley Glen, a 90-unit apartment community, located off Little River Turnpike in Fairfax, is currently accepting applications for immediate occupancy. Income limits apply.  The first residents started moving into Olley Glen in October and the property is quickly leasing up! 

Olley Glen features a beautifully landscaped courtyard, washer and dryer in each unit, and universal design features throughout the property. Rent includes all utilities (except cable).

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