First Participants Lease through New Bridging Affordability Program


Oct. 11, 2011

Fairfax County’s new Bridging Affordability program is now underway with the first participants successfully leasing homes. One of the first people to find a home through Bridging Affordability was a formerly homeless man, who leased an apartment in Annandale on Sept. 29 with the assistance of Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOAC).

The Bridging Affordability program, which provides rental subsidies to homeless individuals and families and households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists, is operated by a collaborative of non-profits led by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) through a $3.8 million contract with Fairfax County. VOAC is a member of the NVFS collaborative.

VOAC assisted the resident in first obtaining temporary housing in a shelter, and then helped him secure full-time employment. VOAC then referred him for rental assistance through the Bridging Affordability program. In just 75 days, the resident went from being homeless to finding a place to call home.

The resident says: “Thanks to the Bridging Affordability program and case management services that I received from Volunteers of America Chesapeake, I was able to successfully transition into society.”

Fairfax County selected the NVFS collaborative to operate the Bridging Affordability program in June 2011. The Bridging Affordability program is a fundamental component of the Housing Blueprint, and is expected to provide rental subsidies to 72 homeless individuals and families and 303 households on Fairfax County’s affordable housing waiting lists over the three year contract. In total, this unique public/non-profit partnership will leverage more than $6.6 million in non-county resources for supportive services, volunteer contributions and fair market rent discounts in units owned by the collaborative members of the three-year contract.

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