E-ffordable News Articles

FCRHA Awards $1.6M in Federal Funds to Local Non-Profit Housing Organizations
Funds to be used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for low-income households

At its last Board meeting in December 2017, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved the awarding of approximately $1.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds to two local non-profits.  The funds will be used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for low-income households earning up to 30 percent and up to 50 percent, respectively, of the Area Median Income (AMI).


First-Time Homebuyer? RSVP to an Upcoming Fairfax County First-Time Homebuyers Orientation!
Two opportunities to attend: February 12 and 28

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development will host two
First-Time Homebuyers Orientation Sessions. Available dates are February 12 and 28,


Attendees can expect to get an overview of upcoming homeownership opportunities in
the county in addition to information about new Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) condominiums for sale in the Reston area. This informational presentation is for households interested in purchasing a townhome or condominium in Fairfax County with incomes up to $110,300.


Want to attend? Register here for February 12. Register here for February 28.

More information is available on our website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/homeownership or by calling our Homeownership Resource Center at 703-246-5087.


Murraygate Boys and Girls Club Ranks #1 in National Outcome Survey

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at Murraygate Village has ranked #1 in the nation on an outcome survey. The survey takes into account a number of attributes to include club accomplishments and diversity. The Alexandria club has a very diverse population with many different countries represented.

The club operates out of Murraygate Village, an affordable housing community under the Fairfax County Rental (FCRP) program, and is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

For more information regarding the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at Murraygate Village click the video:





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.



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. For more information, click here.


A Warm Bed on a Cold Night:  Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Program

As winter weather brings freezing temperatures, the risk of hypothermia and even death is a very real concern for our homeless population. Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness is collaborating with local non-profits to safeguard vulnerable residents and provide shelter and services during the winter months through the Hypothermia Prevention Program.  In addition, Fairfax County’s human service agencies provide supportive services with case management for homeless individuals and families. 


HUD Awards Record $2B to Thousands of Local Homeless Assistance Programs Across the U.S.

On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a record $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

Due to the last year's devastating hurricanes, HUD extended the application deadline for communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands until February 16, 2018.

HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations called "Continuums of Care" to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD's call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

January 26, 2018