E-ffordable News Articles
February 1, 2019
The next BOS Health, Housing and Human Services Committee Meeting – Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
The next Board of Supervisors Health, Housing and Human Services Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in Room 11.
The next Affordable Housing Resources Panel (AHRP) meeting – Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
The next Affordable Housing Resources Panel (AHRP) meeting will be held on February 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 11. The AHRP Panel will still meet as scheduled on February 26.
Reminder: Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist is Open
For the first time in more than a decade, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has opened 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 opened 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.
Fairfax County Hackathon Tackles Affordable Housing Challenges
Fairfax County held a housing hackathon on Jan. 24-25, 2019.The event was designed to find innovative technology solutions for accessible, affordable and fair housing, especially linking older adults, millennials and people with disabilities to housing.
Hackers focused specifically on problem statements that addressed matching individuals with disabilities with available affordable, accessible housing units throughout the County, and matching senior residents looking to remain in their homes with younger residents looking for more affordable housing options.
There were 70 participants, mentors and observers who registered for the event. Three teams competed for cash prizes which were awarded to first, second and third place winners, plus a prize for a student team. One team, Team HouseGuides, presented two solutions.
Shaping the Future Together: Fairfax County Launches Strategic Planning Effort
What does the future of Fairfax County look like? Fairfax County Government is beginning a strategic planning process with the community to shape the future together. Our goal is to hear all voices and reach all segments of our community. What are hopes and aspirations for the future of our community? What challenges do we face and what priorities must we address first? This effort will span most of 2019, but in this first phase, the community is being asked to:
Take a short five-question online survey.
Consider joining a community conversation in person between Feb. 13 and March 6.
Share the survey and conversation invitation with neighbors, co-workers and county family and friends.
Fairfax County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Is Now Available Online
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY 2018. As a recipient of federal funds under the Consolidated Plan, Fairfax County is required to provide this annual CAPER within 90 days of the end of the County’s program year.
The CAPER evaluates the county’s use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program funds for the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
To view the FY 2018 CAPER, please click here.
The 50+ Community Survey for Fairfax County and Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church
You can help make aging in Fairfax a healthier and happier experience. Fairfax County is randomly surveying people 50 and older on topics like transportation, health care and neighborhood quality. This information will be used to plan for a community that is more supportive of people 50 and older.
If you receive a survey in the mail, please take a moment to complete and return it. To learn more about the survey or other ways to get involved with the 50+ community, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “50+ Community Survey.”
Free Tax Assistance for Fairfax County Residents
If you (or someone you know) worked in 2018, and earned less than $54,000, then you may qualify for free tax service through the Fairfax County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
The tax service is provided by community volunteers who are designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as certified tax preparers. They will ensure that you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for tax credits. You will need to bring photo ID and other documents. Families throughout Northern Virginia received over $10.7 million in federal refunds last tax season through this free service.
For more information about this free tax service, click here.