The Housing Blueprint
The Housing Blueprint: A Housing Strategy for FY 2011 and Beyond
Philosophy: The Housing Blueprint reflects the
philosophy of the Board that affordable housing is a continuum ranging
from the needs of the homeless to first-time homebuyers. In between these
two poles, the continuum includes the diverse housing needs of
hard-working, but low paid families; senior citizens; persons with
disabilities; and the workforce across Fairfax County. Housing in Fairfax
County is a three-legged stool that depends on a smooth partnership
between the non-profit community, the for-profit development industry and
the public sector.
Serving the Greatest Need: The Housing Blueprint further
reflects the consensus among Board members that affordable housing
priorities have shifted and that the emphasis should shift to those with
the greatest need. This includes individuals and families who are
homeless, those with low to extremely low incomes, those with
disabilities and low-income seniors. Central to addressing this priority
will be providing our most disadvantaged citizens with a housing “bridge”
to stability, recovery and greater self-sufficiency; this will be
achieved by competitively funding innovative non-profit solutions,
potentially to include rent subsidies and affordable housing
Addressing the Pipeline: The Housing Blueprint also
reflects a desire to complete projects in the pipeline where the need and
the community expectation have already been established.
Leveraging the Capacity of the Private Sector: Finally, the Housing Blueprint reaffirms the Board’s long-standing policies of the Comprehensive Plan which encourage affordable and workforce housing development through land use incentives to the private sector.
To End Homelessness in 10 years;
To Provide Affordable Housing Options to Those with Special Needs;
To Reduce the Waiting Lists for Affordable Housing by Half in 10 years;
To Produce Workforce Housing Sufficient to Accommodate Projected Job Growth.