January 25, 2019
e-ffordable Special Alert
Be Part of the Housing Hackathon: Live Streaming at 2PM!
Friends and Colleagues:
At 2 p.m. today, developers will be pitching their ideas in front of observers and judges at Fairfax County's Housing Hackathon. If you’d like to tune in, click here.
As you recall, the purpose of this Hackathon is to invite entrepreneurs, startups, established businesses, students, and others to look for creative and innovative solutions and applications of data that address some of the housing challenges that impact Northern Virginia. Specific challenge statements and sources of data can be found here. These challenge statements are directly connected to Fairfax County’s Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan which was adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2018.
Reminder: Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to open its Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist
For the first time in more than a decade, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will be opening its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waitlist. The HCV Program (formerly “Section 8”) provides rental assistance to low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities. Eligible applicants receive vouchers that subsidize rent at private properties with participating landlords.
The waitlist will open on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. EST and will remain open through Monday, February 4, 2019 11:59 p.m. EST. Pre-applications for placement on the HCV waitlist will only be accepted online. Applicants can use any internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone, to apply at any time while the waitlist is open. Approximately 2,000 households will be selected from the application pool via a computer-generated random selection for the list.
“There is a tremendous need for affordable housing here in Fairfax County,” notes Robert Schwaninger, Chairman of the FCRHA. “Reopening the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist will give families with children, seniors, and persons with disabilities an opportunity to get much needed housing assistance."
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has identified various locations with publicly-accessible computers for use by individuals without personal internet access. In addition, HCD will have trained staff onsite at various times to assist applicants as needed. For more information on the HCV waitlist opening and to view locations with publicly-accessible computers, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/waitlist.
January 8, 2019
Housing Hackathon - January 24-25, 2019
Friends and Colleagues:
Be a part of helping us solve our pressing housing needs, including linking seniors, millennials, and people with disabilities to opportunities for affordable, accessible, and fair housing.
Fairfax County will hold a housing-focused Hackathon. We invite entrepreneurs, startups, established businesses, students, and others to sharpen your pencils and join us. We are looking for creative and innovative solutions and applications of data that address some of the housing challenges that impact Northern Virginia. Specific challenge statements and sources of data can be found here. These challenge statements are directly connected to Fairfax County’s Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/communitywideplan, which was adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2018.
January 24-25, 2019
Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road, Room 214
Falls Church, VA
How Can You Help?
If you are an affordable housing provider, we need your data! Please send us any information on any affordable housing units in your portfolio that have been modified for persons with special needs. We are particularly interested in data that includes the address of the unit, bedroom size, and details on any modifications that have been made to the unit. Preference is for the information to be provided in Excel Format. Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call Vincent Rogers at 703-246-5182 if you have any questions related to this data request.
Cash prizes will be awarded! The event is hosted at University of Virginia's and Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center; partners include George Mason University. Interested participants will be able to apply as individuals or as teams. Reserve your spot: https://nvite.com/housinghackathon/gwldgo . For questions related to the event, please contact Eta Nahapetian at email@example.com.