Available for Public Comment: Draft Public Housing Lease

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is accepting written public comment on its draft Public Housing Lease.  Public comments are being accepted in compliance with United States Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements for public housing agencies when changes in the lease form are made.   The reasons for the proposed changes are to conform the lease to model language used in the industry by Public Housing Agencies, to include required language regarding the Violence Against Women Act, and to add language relative to the FCRHA’s Supportive Shared Housing Program.  In addition, the following policy changes are being proposed and are highlighted in the draft lease: to reduce the maximum number of days a family member or entire family may be absent from the unit from 180 days to 120 days in order to maximize utilization of FCRHA resources; extend the late payment due date from the fifth day of the month to the seventh day of the month to allow more time for receipt of payments before late fees will be applied; to charge late fees in alignment with county policy as being requested by the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration; and to change the move-out notice requirement from tenants from 30 days to 60 days to allow applicants and resident transfers more time to prepare for a move and pay the new security deposit.  The draft Lease is available for public review on the county website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/mtw.htm and at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA, or by calling 703-246-5243, TTY: 703-385-3578.  Citizens wishing to comment on the draft Plan may do so via the email address mtw@fairfaxcounty.gov or by writing to the attention of Deborah Jackson-Mallett, Regional Manager, at the Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. The deadline for receipt of written comments on the Public Housing Lease will be 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578. Please allow 48 hours in order to make the necessary arrangements.


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