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Passing of FCRHA Commissioner Charlen Kyle
 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Commissioner Helen Charlotte “Charlen” Kyle (At-Large) on August 15, 2017. Commissioner Kyle was first appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) by Fairfax County Chairman, Kate Hanley in May 2000. She is survived by her sisters Hildie Osley of Hatfield, Massachusetts, Karol Bradford of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, her daughter Heather Kyle of Middleburg, Virginia, grandson Ryan Kyle of Roanoke, Virginia, her son Patrick Kyle, daughter in-law Kelly Kyle, grandsons Christian Kyle and Morgan Kyle, and granddaughter Emilyn Kyle of Whitefish, Montana, her long-time love Dan Garnitz of Fairfax, Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. She will be deeply missed by the FCRHA and the staff of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Up to $1.6M Available in RFP for CDBG/HOME Affordable Housing Projects  - Applications Due October 6

Register Now for Pre-Proposal Conference and Technical Assistance Training - September 7, 2017
 

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces the availability of funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Project proposals are being solicited to acquire, develop or rehabilitate affordable housing. Preference will be given to projects that include preservation and acquisition of affordable housing and meet one or more of the following criteria:
 

  • Result in affordable housing that is accessible to disabled persons;

  • Serve extremely low-income households (at or below 30% Area Median Income (AMI));

  • Provide housing for persons experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk of homelessness;

  • Provide housing for seniors (62 years and older);

  • Provide housing for youth transitioning out of foster care; and

  • Provide beneficiaries with direct access to public transportation and/or community retail centers and/or supportive services.

 

The funding available under this request for proposal includes a total of up to $1,622,956, consisting of $605,127 in CDBG funds and $1,017,829 in HOME funds ($229,568 of which are reserved for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDOs). Funding awarded to successful applicants must be used within 24 months of approval by the FCRHA of grant awards (i.e., project completion and fully occupied by beneficiaries). An application is available online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/rfp/fy2018rfp.htm.

Pre-Proposal Conference and Technical Assistance Training
A pre-proposal conference and Technical Assistance Training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in the HCD Center Conference Room, in the Offices of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax. SPACE IS LIMITED – Please RSVP by email to rha@fairfaxcounty.gov

Pre-Proposal Conference and Technical Assistance Training Agenda
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

9:30am          Welcome/Light Breakfast

CDBG/HOME Regulations Overview and Eligibility

Uniform Relocation Act/Voluntary Arms-Length 

Section 3/Environmental Review/Davis-Bacon 

Partnering (e.g., Project Based Vouchers, CSB)

Key Points of Fair Housing

Lead, Radon, Home Inspections

 

12:00pm       Lunch On Your Own

 

1:00pm         Remarks from HCD Senior Leadership

FY 2018 CDBG/HOME RFP and Scoring Criteria

HCD Loan Underwriting Process and Closing Documents

Ongoing CDBG and HOME Monitoring and Compliance

Questions

Closing Remarks

 

 

September Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting

The September Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 8, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Room 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.

Residences at Government Center Named Winner of NACCED 2017 Award of Excellence for Innovation
 

The Residences at Government Center, a 270-unit workforce housing community located on the Fairfax County Government Center campus, is continuing to garner award winning recognition. The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) has selected the community for the 2017 Award of Excellence for Innovation. This award honors a unique and innovative project created to address a particular problem or need. The Residences at the Government Center helps address the need for affordable workforce housing in Fairfax County. Click here to read the full article.

 

Notice of Public Hearing: Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will conduct a public hearing on its draft Amended Moving to Work (MTW) Plan for Fiscal Year 2018.  The hearing is being conducted in compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements for Public Housing Agencies submitting a MTW Plan.  The FCRHA meeting will be held at 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, VA at 7 p.m. on September 21, 2017.  Interested residents are invited to share their views on the draft Amended FCRHA MTW Plan at the public hearing.  The draft Amended Plan is available for public review on the county website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/mtw.htm and at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA, or by calling 703-279-7309.  If you have any questions concerning the public hearing, please call 703-279-7309, TTY: 711.  Citizens wishing to comment on the draft Amended Plan may do so via the email address dhcdhcvchanges@fairfaxcounty.gov or by writing to the attention of Elisa Johnson, Associate Director, Policy, Reporting and Communications, at the Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. The deadline for receipt of written comments on the draft Amended Plan will be 4 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017.
 

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.

FCRHA Re-elects Chairman and Elects New Vice-Chairman
 

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) re-elected Robert Schwaninger, Mason District, as chairman and elected C. Melissa Jonas, Dranesville District, as vice-chairman at its meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Commissioner Schwaninger was appointed to the FCRHA in 2006. Mr. Schwaninger, an attorney, has been practicing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 1982, and began his own firm in 1986. Since that time, he has represented hundreds of businesses, licensees, tower owners, and persons before the FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and various federal agencies and offices. Commissioner Schwaninger became involved in community activities in 2001 when he joined with his neighbors to participate informally in local land use issues.  In 2005, he became chairman of the Mason District Area Plan task force, guiding the task force to provide a forum for citizens to offer all levels of input related to future land development throughout the district. Commissioner Schwaninger has been Chairman of the FCRHA since July 2014.
 

Commissioner Jonas was appointed to the FCRHA in 2013.  Ms. Jonas is a fifteen-year resident of Herndon and currently serves as the Chair of the town's Planning Commission and previously served on the Herndon Town Council.  She was also appointed by Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust to help on the Dranesville District Area Plans Review Task Force, a group that reviewed the proposed development surrounding the Route 28 Metro Site and its future impact on the town.  Ms. Jonas worked for 15 years in housing research and consulting and currently works with large companies to optimize their business processes and outcomes utilizing solutions developed by Apttus.


Available for Public Comment September 1 - 18:
FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

 

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The FY 2017 CAPER evaluates the county’s use of munity 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.  Members of the public are invited to review the draft report and provide comments before the final draft is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Click here to read the full article.

Local Nonprofits Receive Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds
FCRHA Authorizes Funding to Help Acquire Units for Affordable Rental Housing


The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has authorized deferred loans to two local nonprofit organizations using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These funds will provide:

Cornerstones Housing Corporation (CHC) with $300,000 to acquire and renovate one (1) or more housing units in Fairfax County. CHC may use up to $37,500 of the award for renovation of the acquired unit(s), but at least $262,500 will be used for acquisition of the unit(s). The housing is to be used to provide affordable rental housing for households with incomes at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). CHC will give preference to households that include persons with special needs who can be reasonably accommodated.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. (Good Shepherd) with $404,500 to acquire and renovate two (2) or more units of housing in southern Fairfax County. Good Shepherd may use up to $50,560 for renovation of the acquired units, but at least $353,940 will be used for acquisition of the units. The housing will be used to provide long-term supportive rental housing for households at or below 50 percent of AMI. The residents of the acquired housing will receive supportive services from Good Shepherd to promote self-sufficiency.

HUD Reports Worst Case Housing Needs Increased in 2015
8.3 million households paid more than half their income for rent or lived in substandard housing


The number of very poor unsubsidized families struggling to pay their monthly rent and who may also be living in substandard housing increased between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier this month.  HUD reports that in 2015, 8.3 million very low-income unassisted families paid more than half their monthly income for rent, lived in severely substandard housing, or both.  Read HUD’s latest estimate of Worst Case Housing Needs.
 

“Two years ago, our nation was still feeling the aftershocks of our housing recession with rents growing faster than many families’ incomes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  “After years of trying to keep up with rising rents, it’s time we take a more holistic look at how government at every level, working with the private market and others, can ease the pressure being felt by too many un-assisted renters.  Today’s affordable rental housing crisis requires that we take a more business-like approach on how the public sector can reduce the regulatory barriers so the private markets can produce more housing for more families.” Click here to read the full article.

Commissioner Jonas

Chairman Schwaninger

September 1, 2017