E-ffordable November Edition
November 1, 2019
FCRHA Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) are pleased to present the FCRHA Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Annual Report. The report highlights activities and accomplishments made in the most recent fiscal year.
To view the report, click here.
Save the Date: 2020 Housing Challenge
Fairfax County and the George Mason University School of Business are proud to host the 2020 Housing Challenge as a means of bringing together students, residents, industry professionals, housing advocates and policy experts to provide solutions to three critical challenges facing Fairfax County in our pursuit towards enhanced home affordability – particular for those earning low to moderate incomes.
Are you up to the challenge!?! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at George Mason University’s Merten Hall (4400 University Drive, Fairfax). All are welcome to participate. Keep up with event details as they become available through our website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/2020HousingChallenge.
Sponsors are welcome! We welcome partnership of community sponsors in support of the vision for enhanced affordable housing in Fairfax County. If you would like to contribute to this event, please email Eta.Nahapetian@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Lewinsville Center Named Winner of NACCED Award of Excellence
The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) has selected Lewinsville Center as the 2019 Award of Excellence recipient. Located in McLean, Virginia, the Lewinsville Center project included the redevelopment of the 8.66-acre site of the original Lewinsville Elementary School (established in 1961). The school building had previously been renovated to serve as the location for a senior center, adult day health care center, two childcare centers and included 22 units of affordable senior housing.
The Lewinsville Center project is a shining example of affordable housing preservation and the innovative revitalization of aging infrastructure in Fairfax County. Lewinsville Center nearly quadrupled the affordable independent-living units available onsite—from 22 to 82—to individuals 62 years of age and older earning between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income. The senior housing development—known as “The Fallstead”—was developed by Wesley Housing, which owns and operates the housing with a long-term ground lease. In addition, the state-of-the art intergenerational public facility features a new home for the Lewinsville Senior Center, Adult Day Health Care, and two private child day care centers.
The project was a great example of public/private partnership with several Fairfax County Government agencies, a non-profit housing developer, several community-based partners and non-profits as no interruptions in service (for adult day healthcare, senior center and childcare centers) were experienced during the redevelopment project.
NACCED presented the award at its Annual Conference and Training Event on October 15 in Tucson, Arizona.
About NACCED: NACCED is a national non-profit organization composed of county government agencies that administer community and economic development and affordable housing programs. NACCED recognizes the many achievements of counties through the annual Awards of Excellence.
Down Payment Assistance Programs Lead to Homeownership for
First-Time Home Buyers
Efforts by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to enhance home purchasing opportunities for first-time home buyers have yielded approximately $8.2 million in allocations of state and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding – with more on the way. At their October 24 meeting, the FCRHA approved just over $1 million in FCRHA funds to be applied to a new pilot program to assist first-time home buyers in the purchase of a home and thereby enhance self-sufficiency, asset growth and neighborhood stability.
The new pilot program will provide up to $20,000 per household – with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income – to reduce the first trust mortgage amount on the purchase of a home. Loans will be available to participants in the Fairfax County First-Time Homebuyers Program in the form of an interest-free deferred second deed of trust. It is estimated that approximately 50 FCRHA Down Payment Assistance Loans will be able to be provided in a two-year period once the pilot program is launched.
Since July 2018, down payment assistance programs approved by the FCRHA have assisted 26 first time homebuyers in purchasing a home in Fairfax County, with more still pending closing. Funding has come from a variety of sources – a total of $8 million in set-aside funding from the Community Homeownership Revitalization Program financed by the Virginia Housing Development Authority; and another $200,000 in CDBG funds. Monies allocated are subject to specific funding requirements and rules depending on their source; however, all are dedicated towards providing down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income First-Time Homebuyers in Fairfax County.
CCFAC Public Hearing - We Want to Hear from You on November 12!
The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to participate in a public hearing on November 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035), in conference rooms 9 and 10.
We need your help identifying housing and other human services needs which are to be addressed in the county’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan, which is currently in development and will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) next year.
During the public hearing, participants will have an opportunity to make presentations and take part in discussions designed to gather information on the housing and human services needs of county residents. Be prepared to let the county know:
What are specific housing and/or human services needs in the area where you live in the County or where your organization works?
What are your household’s housing and/or human services needs? How well are those needs being met?
Have you experienced any discrimination in accessing housing or housing-related needs? If so, please explain.
Anyone wishing to speak at the November 12 public hearing should call Malia Stroble at (703) 246-5170, TTY 711 or by email. to be placed on the speakers list.
For those attending the hearing and those unable to attend, CCFAC requests the submission of written comments by email or by mail (ATTN: CCFAC, c/o Fairfax County HCD, 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22030) no later than 4 p.m. on November 8.
The Board of Supervisors will approve the final Action Plan and it will be submitted to HUD next year as part of a federal requirement that combines the broad planning requirements of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 with the annual grant applications and reporting for HUD-funded programs administered by Fairfax County. Learn more about the Consolidated Plan online.
Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-246-5101 or TTY 711.
Housing America’s Older Adults 2019 Report
The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released a new report, Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, which supplements the Center’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report and highlights the growing inequalities of the number and share of housing for older adults. The report highlights that housing inequality is becoming increasingly evident among older Americans as the number of older households climbs to unprecedented levels. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of households headed by someone 65 or older jumped from 27 million to 31 million and will continue to grow. In the Washington DC metropolitan area, over 33 percent of older adults (65 and older) are cost burdened.
To view the report, click here.