Fairfax County Consolidated Plans


Prior Years Consolidated Plans

In 1994, federal regulations which cover the planning and application aspects of four federal programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) were revised to require the consolidated planning and submission of applications and reports. Previously, each of the programs involved separate preparation, application, public reviews, and input processes at the local level. The Consolidated Plan is now a requirement that combines the broad planning requirements of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 with the annual applications and reporting for the following four HUD programs administered locally by Fairfax County:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG is a federal annual entitlement grant program which funds activities to carry out one of three national objectives: benefit to low/moderate income families; aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or address urgent needs where conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community. Types of projects generally eligible for funding include: acquisition, rehabilitation, development of public improvements, facilities and housing; public services (up to 15% of grant); restoration of historic properties; removal of architectural barriers; special economic development activities; program planning and administration; relocation payments; and other assistance related to community development projects.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

HOME is an entitlement program which provides flexible housing grants to be used for: the acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of affordable housing, tenant based assistance, home buyer assistance, planning, and support services. Fifteen percent (15%) of the annual funding must be set aside for housing development activities of Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), as defined by HUD.

Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

ESG is an entitlement program that provides grants to improve the quality of existing emergency shelters and to increase the number of shelters developed for the homeless, and can be used for: renovation, conversion of buildings, rehabilitation, essential social services, and operating costs (excluding staff payroll).

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

HOPWA is an entitlement program that provides both entitlement and competitive grants for housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with AIDS or related diseases and their families, and can be used for: acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, repair of facilities, new construction, project-based or tenant-based rental assistance, planning, support services, operating costs, short-term payments (rent, mortgage, utility), and administrative expenses.

A citizen advisory group, the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee (CCFAC), oversees the Consolidated Plan process.

The Five-Year Consolidated Plan identifies a wide range of needs, current programs and strategies, and gaps and priorities for housing, community service, homeless, community development, neighborhood preservation and revitalization, employment and economic opportunity programs and services in the County. The Five-Year Plan also includes broad goals and objectives to address priority needs with the use of resources available through the Consolidated Plan.

The Fairfax County Five-Year Plan includes the four HUD programs mentioned above as well as the County’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool. It also includes a description of the Continuum of Care for homeless services and programs.

A One-Year Action Plan is developed by the CCFAC on an annual basis for each of the five years included in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The One-Year Action Plan contains a description of how Fairfax County intends to utilize funds from the programs included in the Consolidated Plan in order to meet the needs identified.

 


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