In 2019, Fairfax County awarded up to $90,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Town of Herndon in support of their Neighborhood Improvement Program, a program designed to help low- and moderate-income homeowners maintain their homes' structure, appearance, and value.
The CDBG funds were primarily used to establish a Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator position within the Town of Herndon. This coordinator serves as a resource for local homeowners, helping them avoid any costly mistakes before selecting a home improvement contractor. With experience in reviewing a variety of contracts – from large scale additions to smaller maintenance projects – the coordinator helps homeowners negotiate contracts, identify inconsistencies between scope of work and costs, ensure licensure of contractors, and secure low-cost financing.
The CDBG program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides states and local jurisdictions with direct federal funding that ultimately supports affordable housing, fair housing and human services activities that are managed by local nonprofits and public agencies. These activities all primarily benefit low- to moderate-income individuals and families throughout the community.
“Just as important as increasing and preserving the County’s stock of affordable homes, is providing assistance and resources to help our low- and moderate-income residents stay in their homes,” said Tom Fleetwood, Director of Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development. “To that end, Fairfax County is well-served by a network of nonprofit and jurisdictional partners who put those funds to excellent use in helping our residents to preserve their housing stability and to ensure their overall well-being.”