E-ffordable News Articles

December 19, 2017

Season’s Greetings for a Happy New Year

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!


Our offices will be closed all day on Friday, December 22, and Monday, Dec. 25 in observance of the holiday season. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26. at 8:00 a.m. Offices will close again on Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and will reopen under normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, Jan. 2.


Please be advised, on January 11, 2018, HCD will be closed for an agency wide holiday event. Operating hours on that day will be 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., with regularly scheduled operating hours resuming Friday, Jan. 12.

Next Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting is Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 9 and 10.

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.

Department of Housing and Community Development Gets a New Online Look


After nearly 20 months of work, the new county website is here! As of December 15, 2017, the county website has a new online look. As a result, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has a new look and more user friendly web address.

The new web address for the Department of Housing and Community Development is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing.

It’s an exciting change and a step into a new era. This is one of the most significant digital enhancements in the county and will improve our digital front door to residents and the world.

FCRHA Retires Debt on Minerva Fisher Hall Group Home

On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) approved paying off the existing mortgage loan balance for the Minerva Fisher Hall Group Home on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

In 1979, the FCRHA entered into a mortgage loan with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) in the amount of $437,157. Although the current loan is set up to mature in June 2019, paying off the loan early will result in substantial cost savings associated with administrative and audit fees required to support the mortgage loan with VHDA.

FCRHA, Wesley Housing Celebrate Preservation of Wexford Manor

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, Robert Schwaninger, Chairman for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was one of several guest speakers at a dedication for Wexford Manor hosted by Wesley Housing.

Other speakers at the event included Delegate Marcus Simon, Virginia House of Delegates; Susan Dewey, Virginia Housing Development Authority; Phil Davis, Office of Congressman Don Beyer; Shelley Murphy, Wesley Housing; Ed Delany, Capital One; and Kimmel Cameron, Hudson Housing Capital, LLC.

Located just off of Route 29 approximately two miles inside the Capital Beltway (I-495) in Falls Church (Providence District), Wexford Manor consist of two buildings with 74 units of affordable housing, serving those with special needs and independent seniors.

HUD Marks 25 Years of Family Self-Sufficiency Program

HUD Awards $75 Million to Help Low-Income Residents Receive Job Training and Employment

Twenty-five years ago this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a program to help households living in assisted housing to become self-sufficient. This month, HUD marked the 25th anniversary of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) by awarding $75 million to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across the nation to continue helping public housing residents, those participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and residents of Project-Based Rental Assistance to further their education and find good jobs. Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was awarded $138,759.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the funding announcement at a FSS anniversary commemoration with the District of Columbia Housing Authority in Washington. “A necessary part of what we do is to help families move beyond HUD assistance by providing the tools they need to become self-sufficient,” said Secretary Carson. “For 25 years, HUD and our local partners have been connecting residents to job training, childcare and other resources that expand their opportunities and lead them towards higher paying jobs and self-sufficiency.”   

2017 Conrad Egan Excellence Awards

On Thursday, Dec. 14, the Conrad Egan Excellence Award ceremony was held in the FCRHA Board Room at One University Drive to recognize exceptional efforts and contributions of staff members at HCD.  The FCRHA approved the establishment of the Conrad Egan Excellence Awards, named in honor of Conrad Egan, former FCRHA chairman in June 2008.

The Conrad Egan Excellence Awards have four categories including: Achievement, Service, Leadership and Collaboration.  This year, the three recipients all received an award in the Achievement category.  The Achievement award recognizes a specific, definable accomplishment.