The FCRHA awarded 10 scholarships valued at $5,000 each to Fairfax County residents who live in affordable housing.
“We are truly inspired by our scholarship awardees. They plan to study teaching, medicine, criminology, IT and other professions. We are hopeful they will consider making a positive impact here in Fairfax County after they complete their studies,” said Melissa McKenna, Former Chairman (FY 2023), Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, visited Fairfax County in September 2022 to announce the most expansive allocation of rental assistance in 20 years with the award of more than 19,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers to almost 2,000 public housing authorities across the country.
“To help people who are dealing with the housing affordability crisis, including people experiencing homelessness, we are awarding more than 19,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers to housing agencies throughout the country,” said Secretary Fudge. “HUD is committed to ensuring people have access to the resources and tools they need to get a decent and safe home. That is what everyone in this country deserves. Every eligible household should have access to a voucher. No one should have to sleep on the street or in their car because they can’t afford rent.”
The personal journeys and success stories of two Fairfax County residents who are receiving federal rental assistance through Emergency Housing Vouchers were featured by HUD. The story describes the importance of partnerships between the FCRHA, Fairfax County Continuum of Care, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, and nonprofit organizations as well as the perseverance of the residents.
“I’m grateful that Northern Virginia Family Services referred me for the Emergency Housing Voucher. It provides me with a permanent housing option that I’ve never had before. I no longer have to worry about where I’m going to live or how to come up with enough money to pay the high rents in this area.”
Local, regional and national leaders in affordable housing came together to discuss innovation at an annual event at George Mason University. The 2023 Fairfax County Housing Symposium is becoming the marquee affordable housing event in the region, bringing together leaders from all sectors. This year’s event included:
Congressman Gerald Connolly, U.S. House of Representatives
Jeffrey Little, General Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
David Swift, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Housing Equity Fund
Jenny Schuetz, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute Metro