E-ffordable November Edition
December 27, 2019
January 1, 2020: Offices Closed for New Year’s Day
January 30, 2020: Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Meeting
FCRHA Awards $2.3 Million in CDBG/HOME Funds
At its regularly scheduled meeting on December 12, 2019, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority awarded more than $2.3 million in federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds to three nonprofit housing organizations:
$277,400 to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services to acquire and renovate two 2-bedroom condominium units in Alexandria. The units will serve two families with incomes at or below 50 percent the Area Median Income (AMI).
$470,000 to Marian Homes, Inc. to acquire and renovate a single-family home to provide community living for five individuals with intellectual disabilities with household incomes at or below 30 percent of AMI.
$1,619,475 to Pathway Homes, Inc. to acquire ten 1-bedroom units of affordable rental housing to serve individuals who have experienced homelessness or are precariously housed and have special needs with incomes at or below 30 percent of AMI.
FCRHA Seeks to Enter PPEA Partnership for Autumn Willow Senior Housing Development
The FCRHA has released a request for proposals to design, develop, construct, own and operate an affordable senior independent living residential community pursuant to a long-term, nominal fee ground lease from the FCRHA. The project will consist of no more than 150 affordable units for adults ages 62 years and older with low to moderate incomes. The nearly 11-acre parcel for the development is located north of Lee Highway, east of Stringfellow Road, south of and fronting Autumn Willow Drive in Centreville.
Fairfax County Receives $300K in Federal Funding to Provide Veteran Housing Assistance
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has been awarded $304,980 in federal funding through a collaborative program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide assistance for homeless veterans in finding affordable, stable housing. The funding provided to the FCRHA will provide an additional 25 affordable housing vouchers for veterans – bringing the county’s total number of vouchers available through HUD-VASH to 133.
New Housing Dashboard Will Help Measure Progress on Preservation, Creation of Affordable Units
As Fairfax County aims to meet and surpass its stated goal of providing a minimum of 5,000 new homes over the next 15 years – also known as “5K by 15” – , as well as to ensure there is no net loss of current affordable housing units, the county’s new Affordable Housing Dashboard will provide staff, policymakers, housing advocates, developers and the community at-large with an overall snapshot of the number of affordable homes preserved and produced countywide.
This new tool, requested and monitored by the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, provides a yardstick for measuring the county’s success towards its production and preservation goals. It also provides a valuable policymaking and planning tool to ensure an equitable approach to housing across the county and that areas of needs are identified and being addressed.
Happy New Year – FCRHA Receives 25 Additional SRAP Vouchers, 12.5 Percent Increase in Administrative Fee
Starting in January 2020, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will receive an additional 25 housing vouchers through the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP), which provides rental assistance to qualifying individuals with developmental disabilities. The FCRHA will also be receiving a fee increase of 12.5 percent per unit, per month for administering the program.
“When it comes to housing vouchers, the saying goes ‘success-begets-success’,” said Amy Ginger, Deputy Director of Operations for the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. “We are proud to be recognized as a trusted, efficient and effective partner with the commonwealth as we continue to receive additional resources to assist many of our most vulnerable residents find homes that meet their individual needs.”
As of January 1, 2020, the FCRHA will administer a total of 125 housing vouchers through SRAP, which enhances personal independence and provides the financial means to better enable eligible individuals with disabilities to choose where they live, with whom they live and who supports them. The program is provided in partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
2019 Egan Excellence Awards Honor Outstanding Achievement of Housing Staff
Each year, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority presents the annual Egan Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement by employees of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The 2019 Egan awards—named in recognition of former FCRHA Chairman and a pivotal player in the Northern Virginia housing community, Conrad Egan—recognize exceptional contributions in service, leadership and collaboration that assist the FCRHA in achieving its mission.
The following awards were presented:
Excellence in Service: Jyotsna Sharma
Excellence in Leadership: Amy Ginger and James Speight
Excellence in Collaboration: Joan Beckner, Lauren Best, Lura Bratcher, Samantha Gallo, Elisa Johnson, Dwayne Marcus, Vincent Rogers and Bryant Sanders
Governor Northam Announces Major Investments in Affordable Housing for Virginians
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that his proposed budget will include $92 million in new funding to address housing affordability, eviction rates and supportive housing throughout the Commonwealth. The proposal includes:
$63 million investment in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund to provide financing for housing construction projects that create or preserve affordable units, reduce the cost of affordable housing or increase homeownership.
$6.6 million to establish an Eviction Prevention and Diversion Pilot Program.
$22.4 million to ensure populations with special needs have access to safe, affordable housing – including $8.9 million for 350 new rental assistance slots for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; $8 million in permanent supportive housing funds for individuals being discharged from state behavioral health facilities; and $5 million to increase funding for statewide discharge assistance plans.
FCRHA 2020 Meeting Schedule
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has approved the following meeting calendar for 2020:
July 16 – Annual Meeting
Avenues to Career Training Presents 8-Week Healthcare Industry Series
Fairfax County is partnering with Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at the Gerry Hyland Government Center to host a free 8-week career training experience for individuals looking to enter the workforce or change careers to jobs in the Healthcare Industry. Four information sessions are scheduled for January where interested job seekers can get a better idea for how this program can help them in their preparation for careers in healthcare. For more details, check out the event information posted to Facebook.