E-ffordable News Articles
March 1, 2019
Board Approves $7.7M in Financing to Develop Affordable Housing in the Herndon Area
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to make loans totaling $7.7 million to SCG Development for the construction of three separate buildings consisting of a total of 274 units of affordable housing to be known as Arrowbrook Centre Apartments in the Herndon area (Dranesville District).
Within a mile of the Innovation Center Metro station, Worldgate shopping and restaurants, food stores and Clocktower Shopping Center, Arrowbrook will be affordable to households with incomes at 40 percent, 50 percent and 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), which is around $117,200 in the Washington, DC Metro Area. That equates to a household income between approximately $ 46,880- $ 70,320 a year for a family of four. The mixed-use community will consist of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units to include 15 accessible units for disabled residents.
Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is March 15
The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Cornerstones, Inc., 11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Suite 210, Reston, VA.
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.
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton Meets with HCD and Wesley Housing
Tours Fallstead at Lewinsville Center
On February 22, 2019, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 10th Congressional District, met with the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Wesley Housing to discuss challenges and solutions facing Fairfax County around affordable housing. Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust was also on hand to welcome Rep. Wexton and share some history about the beautiful new Fallstead at Lewisville Center community.
During the meeting, HCD Director Tom Fleetwood, highlighted Fairfax County’s efforts to address affordable housing. Particularly, he discussed partnerships with private industry to develop affordable communities through Virginia’s Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA). He noted the county’s innovate approach to PPEAs through the use of federal resources, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and county resources, in this case county-owned land, to make communities like The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center a reality.
Reminder: Your Input is Needed on the Draft Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2020!
The Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) invites you to provide input on the Draft Consolidated Plan One-Year Action for FY 2020 that identifies the proposed uses of federal funding and other resources to address housing and community service needs.
For more information and to view the plan, click here.
9th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 30: 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 30 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School located at 1301 N Stafford Street in Arlington, 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.
For more information, check out the Northern Virginia Housing Expo website at http://www.novahousingexpo.org/.
Public Notice: Draft Proposed Funding Categories for the FY 2021-2022 Cycle of the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool
The Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC) has released, for public comment, the Draft Categories for the Consolidated Community Funding Pool for the next two-year cycle for FY 2021-2022 of the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP). The CCFP is a Fairfax County competitive contract award process for eligible programs and services offered by community-based organizations. Comments on this proposal can be provided in writing or presented at the CCFAC meeting Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 9/10 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia, 22035. After receiving public comments, the CCFAC will recommend funding categories to the Board of Supervisors for FY 2021-2022. The Board is expected to consider the CCFAC’s recommendation at their meeting on Tuesday, June 25 and act on the categories to be included in the Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued in the fall of 2019 for the FY 2021-2022 two-year cycle.
Document Available for Review
The document is available for review online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/procurement/sponsoredprograms/fundingpool
Funding Opportunity! Virginia’s Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program; Applications Due March 29, 2019
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is making funding available for affordable housing projects throughout the Commonwealth under the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program (ASNH), a bi-annual competitive application process. The due date for the latest round of funding is March 29, 2019, and applications, if approved, will be allocated funding from one or more of the following funding sources:
National Housing Trust Fund
Virginia Housing Trust Fund Competitive Loan Pool
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Funds
FCRHA Approves Down Payment Assistance Program for First-Time Homebuyers
At its meeting on January 31, 2019, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program for qualified low- or moderate-income first time homebuyers under the First-Time Homebuyers Program (FTHB). Under the CDBG DPA Program, the FCRHA will provide up to $10,000 in CDBG funds as a forgivable loan for FTHB Program purchasers with income below the CDBG income limits (set at 80 percent of Area Median Income) to reduce CDBG-eligible costs associated with buying a home. With $200,000 available for the CDBG DPA, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) staff anticipate that twenty CDBG DPA loans will be provided to FTHB Program purchasers in calendar year 2019.
For more information about the program, please contact HCD’s Homeownership Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Shaping the Future Together: Fairfax County Strategic Plan
What does the future of Fairfax County look like to you? Fairfax County Government is beginning a strategic planning process with the community to shape the future together – and we want to hear from and include all voices. Whether you live, work or own a business in Fairfax County, we want to hear about your vision for the future of our community. We’re interested in hearing your hopes for the future, as well as the most important issues and opportunities we will need to address. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey.
HUD Releases 2018 Year in Review Highlighting Accomplishments Under Secretary Carson
This month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2018 Year in Review outlining the major accomplishments of the agency under Secretary Ben Carson.
HUD’s achievements in 2018 include:
Spurring Reinvestment in Communities
HUD preserved affordable housing options by converting over 100,000 public housing units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has generated close to $6 billion in construction investment.
The Administration established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, covering 13 federal agencies and led by Secretary Carson, which will work to prioritize Opportunity Zones in a variety of federal efforts, including grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention.