Housing Programs Earn National Recognition for Innovative Practices
June 18, 2012
- The Department of Housing and Community Development received three 2012 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NARHO) for the Housing Blueprint, the PROGRESS Center and the Olley Glen senior housing community.
- The PROGRESS Center received a 2012 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
- HCD continues to provide affordable housing for thousands of Fairfax County residents despite current economic challenges.
The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has received three 2012 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), recognizing the Housing Blueprint, the PROGRESS Center and the Olley Glen senior housing community. The PROGRESS Center also received a 2012 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“I am very proud of these awards, and of the innovative programs and wise investments in affordable housing they recognize,” said Elisabeth Lardner, Chairman of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).
Despite the current economic challenges, HCD and the FCRHA together have been able to continue providing affordable housing for thousands of residents in Fairfax County. “The recognition of our programs by NAHRO and NACo are a testament both to the leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the FCRHA, and the creativity and dedication of our staff,” said HCD Director Paula C. Sampson.
In 2010, HCD developed the Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, Resources and Economic Self-Sufficiency (PROGRESS) Center, a resource to assist tenants of and applicants to Fairfax County affordable housing programs to reach their goals of self-sufficiency. Staffed by existing employees with a rich background and experience in HCD housing programs and human services, the center’s approach includes intervention to address difficult resident crises and client issues; collaboration with human services agencies and nonprofits to coordinate needed services and assistance; and efforts to give residents a second chance who may be facing eviction by showing them ways to resolve their issues.
The Housing Blueprint is an innovative policy that addresses the continuum of affordable housing needs, from homelessness to workforce housing and homeownership. The Blueprint focuses on serving persons with the greatest need, including homeless families and individuals, persons with disabilities and people with extremely low incomes. It was developed by HCD under the leadership of the Board of Supervisors and FCRHA in collaboration with county human services agencies including the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, the Department of Family Services, the Disability Services Board, area nonprofits, citizen advisory groups and housing advocates.
Olley Glen is a 90-unit active senior housing development constructed by HCD and owned and operated by the FCRHA. Located in Fairfax County’s Braddock district, Olley Glen is a part of the FCRHA’s “Glens at Little River” senior campus, which also includes the Little River Glen active senior community and the Braddock Glen assisted living facility. Olley Glen features universal design throughout the property and amenities include utilities (except cable), a beautifully landscaped courtyard and a washer and dryer in each unit.
NAHRO’s Award of Merit is designed to give national recognition to innovative housing and community development projects, programs and services provided by NAHRO agency members throughout the country; provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and create a resource bank of information on significant innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments. NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program recognizes innovative county government programs. Each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Awards are given in 21 different categories including children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology and health.
The NAHRO Awards of Merit and the NACo Achievement award will be presented during each respective organization’s summer conference in July.