Bridging Affordability Program Provides 100th Family with Housing Supports
Oct. 2, 2012
Fairfax County’s Bridging Affordability rental assistance program achieved an important milestone by recently providing its 100th family with a place to call home. Since the first Bridging Affordability family leased a unit in September 2011, the program’s collaborative of nonprofits - led by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) - has assisted 100 families by providing rental subsidies and supportive services aimed at achieving self-sufficiency.
The 100th family is comprised of a single mother and a school-age daughter. Before connecting with FACETS, one of the nonprofits in the NVFS Bridging Affordability collaborative, the resident was in an abusive relationship and without a job. With the help of her FACETS case manager, she has left that relationship, found a full-time job as a customer service representative at a salon, and rented an affordable unit within five miles of her job and her daughter’s school. She is now enrolled in college and aspires to complete her degree in business administration and work for the federal government.
The Bridging Affordability Program, designed to address the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ goals of ending homelessness and reducing the county’s waiting lists for affordable housing by half in ten years, is a unique partnership between local government and nonprofit organizations that provides housing assistance and service supports to low-income households throughout the county. Bridging Affordability is funded with local dollars and is operated by NVFS and its nonprofit partners under a contract with Fairfax County.
Designed through a collaborative effort of nonprofit organizations, community advocates, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) and the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, Bridging Affordability focuses on providing low-income households, specifically the homeless and households on affordable housing waiting lists, with housing subsidy and services to achieve self-sufficiency.