Bridging Affordability


Blueprint Goals:

  • To end homelessness in 10 years;
  • To reduce the waiting lists for affordable housing by half in 10 years;
  • To provide affordable housing options to those with special needs. 

Description

  • Fairfax County will provide local funding to harness the creative power of non-profit organizations to better meet the affordable housing needs of homeless families and individuals, those at-risk of homelessness, persons with extremely low incomes (30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and below), persons with disabilities and low-income seniors.

  • The goal of this investment is to establish and sustain innovative solutions which provide our most in-need citizens with a “bridge” to stable housing, greater self sufficiency and coordinated services to promote recovery.
     
  • Funds will be competitively awarded to programs that provide solutions such as:
    • Long-term, project-based rental subsidies:  Subsidies to “buy-down” the rents of market and/or non-profit/FCRHA-owned rental units in order to make them more affordable to extremely low-income individuals/households. 
    • Acquisition of housing units:  Similar to the approach taken with Fairfax County’s federal NSP funds, non-profits could use funds to purchase affordable units that would remain permanently affordable to extremely low-income or disabled households.  A strong preference could be given to organizations focusing on acquiring units for use as supportive shared housing. 
    • Short-term emergency direct subsidies:  Direct assistance to income-qualified individuals/households who may face eviction due to financial issues beyond their control.

  • Fairfax County could also consider establishing a pilot program to provide emergency “bridge” assistance to County employees who may be facing foreclosure.

  • Priority will be given to proposals that leverage private/federal/state funding; involve the community; provide a bridge to self-sufficiency; link services; and demonstrate creativity.
     
  • Priority will be given to programs that address those on the waiting lists for shelters, FCRHA housing or the CSB waiting list as well as existing shelter residents.
     
  • Approximately 10 percent of those served by the proposed “Bridging Affordability” funds aimed at reducing the county’s waiting lists would be expected to be eligible for CSB services.  This is in addition to “Bridging Affordability” funds specifically targeting homeless individuals and families.
     
  • Awardees would have three years to spend the funds. 

  • This program will require an on-going commitment by the Board of Supervisors.

 

 

Housing Those with the Greatest Need   Strategic Housing Programs   Private Partnerships to Expand Workforce Housing

 

 


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