E-ffordable News Articles
November 19, 2018
Residences at Government Center Receives Two More Awards!
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for Residences at Government Center, a project in the category of Public-Private Partnership of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Residences at Government Center received the 2018 Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the award was presented at the 2018 NAHRO National Conference in Atlanta, GA, October 25-27.
FCRHA Properties Managed by Quantum Win 2018 PACE Awards
The Property Management Association recognized the best communities in the industry at the 8th Annual Apartment Community Excellence (PACE) Awards Ceremony, held October 18, 2018, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.
Every year, hundreds of multifamily residential market-rate, affordable-housing and senior-living communities in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia participate in the PACE Awards competition to recognize their accomplishments in property management. There were more than 220 apartment communities entered in this year’s competition. The following communities managed by Quantum took home awards:
Cedar Ridge (Affordable Winner)
Morris Glen (Senior Winner)
Herndon Harbor House I and II (Distinguished Community – Senior)
2018 Demographics Report Available Online
The 2018 Demographics Report is a valuable planning tool for programs, services and development in Fairfax County. The 2018 report (PDF) provides a wealth of demographic data on a variety of topics, including:
Population estimates and forecasts
Housing units and their characteristics
Residential development activity
Commercial and industrial gross floor area
The information is broken down by supervisor districts, towns, planning districts, human services regions, ZIP codes and census tracts and is frequently used for planning for future infrastructure and economic development; programs and services; budgeting; grant writing; and more. The annual Demographics Report is prepared by the Economic, Demographic and Statistical Research Unit of the Department of Management and Budget. Information on additional resources.
The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center – McLean’s Newest Affordable Independent-Living Senior Community Now Open
Wesley Housing, in partnership with Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and project partners, celebrated the grand opening of The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center with a ribbon cutting on October 18, 2018. The Fallstead offers 72 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom modern, independent-living rental units for persons 62 years of age and older whose household income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI).
The new apartment community, located at 1609 Great Falls Street in McLean, includes community amenities such as an on-site fitness center, business center, library, a landscaped courtyard, community garden, and more. Residences feature open floorplans, with 10 percent of the units fully accessible for individuals with mobility impairments and 2 percent fully accessible for individuals with vision and hearing impairments. The community is built to Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) Universal Design and EarthCraft Multifamily Platinum Design standards.
FCRHA Welcomes a New At-Large Commissioner
Commissioner Ezra Rosser was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) on September 25, 2018. Mr. Rosser has been a Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law since 2006, where he teaches several courses, including Housing Law, Land Use, and Poverty Law.
Commissioner Rosser is a co-author of the textbook, Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice, and a co-editor of The Poverty Law Canon and editor of Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty. He has written articles for numerous journals, including the California Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Washington University Law Review, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Environmental Law, and the American Indian Law Review.
Mr. Rosser received an M. Phil. from Cambridge University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Economics and English from Yale University. He replaces former At-Large Commissioner, Willard Jasper, who resigned from the Board after more than 20 years of service in August 2018.
Fairfax County Kicks-Off Phase 2 Efforts of the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan
Fairfax County is projected to need over 62,000 new housing units in the next 15 years, 15,000 of which are projected to be needed for individuals who earn less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
In response to our community’s growing housing needs, the Board of Supervisors directed Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development, with the assistance of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), to produce a strategic plan to help address this need.
The Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan includes two phases. Phase 1 of the Plan identifies 25 short-term strategies that can be implemented, without major policy or revenue impacts, to encourage and produce additional housing units within the county. The strategies, which were adopted in June, are expected to take one to two years to implement. Among other actions, the county has already taken steps towards updating the Housing Blueprint funding process, aligning it with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application cycle; increasing the efficiency of the process and thereby lowering local developer costs.
Phase 2 of the plan looks at long-term strategies, tools, policies and resources to support the development and preservation of housing that is affordable in our community. To support the efforts of Phase 2 and to garner additional community input, the Board of Supervisors created an Affordable Housing Resources Panel (AHRP).
The AHRP is composed of diverse representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and met for the first time on Oct. 23. The group has been asked to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on a goal for production and preservation of affordable housing units in the next 15 years, as well as recommendations on specific strategies for achieving that goal. The AHRP is expected to provide its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in March 2019 for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget guidance.
Showcasing Energy Efficiency In Action for Virginia Residents
Dominion Energy Share program benefits residents at FCRHA's Rosedale Manor
Energy efficiency upgrades that cut costs for low-income Virginia residents were on display on October 24, at a tour of an affordable housing complex in Fairfax County. Held in recognition of National Energy Efficiency Month, the walk-through gave state Senator Richard “Dick” Saslaw and other Virginia officials a chance to see, first-hand, the direct benefits of efficiency programs expanded under the recently passed Grid Transformation and Security Act (SB966).
“It’s not often you can see such concrete, positive results of recent legislation with your own eyes,” said Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC). “As Senator Saslaw saw today, residents of Rosedale Manor will soon have healthier, more comfortable homes – and lower energy bills.”
Rosedale Manor, a 96-unit affordable housing complex owned by the Fairfax County
Redevelopment and Housing Authority, is currently undergoing a complete weatherization
retrofit, including new attic insulation and installation of efficient LED light bulbs, provided by
LEAP (the Local Energy Alliance Program) using funds from the newly expanded Dominion
Energy Share Weatherization program.