February 27, 2018
Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is March 16
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 4 and 5.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. For information call 703-246-5101 or TTY 711.
Board Approves Housing Authority Financing to Develop Affordable Housing in Huntington Area
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to make loans totaling $7.4 million to Wesley Housing Development Corporation (WHDC) for the construction of two buildings consisting of a total of 126 units of affordable housing to be known collectively as “The Arden” in the Mount Vernon District.
“The financing of The Arden development supports the Board’s effort to ensure we have more affordable housing resources for working individuals, families of modest means and those with fixed or lower incomes,” said Supervisor Dan Storck (Mount Vernon District). “Partnering with our private sector nonprofits to support affordable development projects, like this one, is a smart investment and a great benefit to the Mount Vernon District.”
Fairfax County to Offer Social and Emotional Learning Program to Westford Community Youth
This spring, the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) PROGRESS (Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, and Economic Self-Sufficiency) Center will offer a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) pilot program called Project Happiness, which will serve children in grades K-6 and youth attending middle and high school at West Ford, a community owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) in Alexandria, VA. The program will be facilitated by PROGRESS Center staff and George Mason University Masters level social work interns.
Project Happiness will receive funding through a grant from the Partners in Prevention Fund (PIPF), which was established in 2006, and provides grants to community-based organizations to implement evidence-based prevention programs. The PIPF is funded annually through Carryover appropriations from the county’s health and human services agencies. The use of funds is managed by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services Prevention Unit.
Fairfax County to Partner with George Mason University on an Affordable Housing Participant Health Survey
In 2017, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Fairfax County Health Department, in partnership with George Mason University, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (GMU CCID) met to discuss how to address the health needs of the community served by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). Resident health has been an on-going concern and a pillar of the THRIVE (Total Housing Reinvention for Individual Success, Vital Services and Economic Empowerment) Initiative, a major component of the Moving to Work Program, as well as other healthy community initiatives throughout Fairfax County.
The group determined that prior to engaging in any health programs to address the needs of affordable housing participants, a health survey was needed to understand the health status and health care needs of these participants. As a result, the group developed a health survey to be administered to a random sample of affordable housing participants. The survey is designed to identify the health needs and concerns of this population, and to compare these same needs and concerns to the general population in Fairfax County.
Addressing Community Needs in Fairfax County: How You Can Help!
Fairfax County needs your input on the Proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Action Plan, which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), proposes uses for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding. These funds are made available to non-profit organizations for community-based programs that benefit Fairfax County residents.
Copies of the Proposed Action Plan are available for review online here, at the Citizen Information Desk located on the lobby level of the Government Center, and at the information desk of all branches of the Fairfax County Public Library system. Copies may also be obtained at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.
Fairfax County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 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 2017. 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, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
To view the FY 2017 CAPER, please click here.
Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs
For the millions of Americans who have disabilities, natural and human-made disasters present a substantial challenge. Fairfax County is committed to the inclusion of all by spreading the message of preparedness to its residents with disabilities and access and functional needs.
Functional Needs Registry
The Functional Needs Registry is a tool for Fairfax County in pre-event emergency planning, resource management and communicating with people who have identified a functional need. Sign up for the Functional Needs Registry through Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
8th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 24: We Hope To See You There!
If you are looking to rent or buy a home or apartment in Northern Virginia, make the Northern Virginia Housing Expo your first stop. Free and open to the public, its dozens of exhibits and workshops will provide all the information needed to rent an apartment or purchase a first home.
The expo will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at George Washington Middle School located at 1005 Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria, Virginia. It is being hosted by First Home Alliance in cooperation with representatives from the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and the town of Herndon, as well as the Virginia Housing Development Authority.
Free Tax Help for Fairfax County Residents
If you (or someone you know) worked in 2017, 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.
Who Are We? Annual Demographics Report Provides Answers
If you’re in a trivia league and someone asks, “how many people live in Fairfax County?” you can answer with confidence: 1,142,888 people. This number is now available as part of Fairfax County’s annual demographics report, which also features population estimates and forecasts; housing units and their characteristics; residential development activity; and commercial and industrial gross floor area. This report also unlocks the baseline data points as to who we are as a county and community – which then fuels other decisions such as the county’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year and beyond.
There are hundreds of stats to examine in the report; NewsCenter highlights a few of the noteworthy numbers.
To view the report, click here.