October 5, 2017
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 its 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.
Now Open for Public Comment: An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (2016-2020) in Fairfax County
Fairfax County’s Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice (2016-2020) is now available for public comment.
The document provides an overview of the fair housing situation in Fairfax County, with findings and recommendations to overcome the effects of identified impediments. The AI also provides a comprehensive review of a jurisdiction, its laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures, and practices and an assessment of how this affects the location, availability, and accessibility of housing. In addition, the document assesses how conditions, both private and public, affect fair housing choice.
The Fairfax County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (2016-2020) is available for review online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ohrep/hrd/publications/ai-2016-2020.pdf.
Reminder: Up to $1.6M Available for CDBG/HOME Affordable Housing Projects –
Applications Due October 6
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 percent 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 proposals 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.
Your Input is Needed!
Participate in HCD's Website Card Sort Exercise
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is in the process of developing a more user-friendly website for its clients and county residents. To facilitate this effort, we are seeking your participation in a customer experience exercise to help inform us on how content should be structured on our new site. This activity should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete.
Card sorting is a well-established research technique for website design. It allows for:
Design of a new website or section of a website, or improvement of an existing website
Finding out how customers expect to see information grouped on a website
Understanding how people rank or arrange items based on set categories
Please participate in HCD’s card sort at the following link: https://t65rtl04.optimalworkshop.com/optimalsort/hl0u7a3q-0-0-1-0. The deadline to provide input is
Friday, Oct. 13.
Coming Soon: The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center and the Newly Developed Lewinsville Community Campus
A little over a year ago, the County of Fairfax in partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and Wesley-Hamel (Wesley Housing Development Corporation and Hamel Builders) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the Lewinsville Community Campus.
Senate Confirms Pamela Patenaude as HUD’s Deputy Secretary
On September 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nomination of Pamela Patenaude to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD Secretary Ben Carson welcomed the Senate’s action and said it comes at a critical time as the Department prepares to support the long-term recovery following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“At this moment when so many of our citizens are suffering, Pam will bring strong leadership when we need her most,” said Secretary Carson. “Pam’s extensive housing and community development experience will be invaluable as we embark upon the long road to recovery for communities hard-hit by disaster and I’m grateful the Senate confirmed her nomination.”
HUD Report Finds Persons Living With Mental Disabilities Face Significant Rental Housing Discrimination
Persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new pilot study released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Rental Housing Discrimination on the Basis of Mental Disabilities: Results of Pilot Testing finds that when compared to people without mental disabilities, those persons who are living with mental disabilities receive fewer responses to their rental inquiries, are informed of fewer available units, and are less likely to be invited to contact the housing provider. In addition, HUD’s study found that they are less likely to be invited to tour an available unit, are more likely to be steered to a different unit than the one advertised, and are treated differently depending on their type of disability.