Housing for Those with the Greatest Need


Blueprint Goals:

  • 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.

Description:

Extremely Low Income and Those with Disabilities

  • Fairfax County, through the concepts addressed in this Blueprint as well as other efforts, will address the affordable housing needs of homeless individuals and families and those with extremely low incomes (30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)) as well as those with disabilities in partnership with the non-profit charitable organizations in the County.
  • The County will approach this challenge in a collaborative effort among its human services agencies—the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), the Department of Family Services (DFS), the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), as well as the Disability Services Board (DSB) and other appropriate boards, authorities and commissions.

Partnering with Non-Profit Organizations

  • The Board of Supervisors will set a goal for Fiscal Year 2011 and beyond of assisting non-profit organizations in developing “Housing First” units and other affordable housing opportunities for persons with special needs.  A portion will be permanent supportive housing. Examples include the conversion of the Mondloch House shelter (Lee District) into 20 residential studio units for Housing First; the development of six transitional units adjacent to the Hanley Family Shelter (Springfield District); and efforts under the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP), and federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

Re-Focusing Existing Resources

  • A new focus on Housing First will be placed on the federal HOME CHDO set-aside, redirecting funds for this single purpose.  Federal stimulus funding available to non-profits for the purchase of foreclosed homes would also be expected to be used to serve those with the greatest need.  
  • The county will support non-profit providers in leasing apartments that can be used for Housing First and affordable housing for persons with special needs.  (See “Bridging Affordability”)
  • Tax exemption for non-profit property owners will be considered for those properties serving those with the extremely low incomes.
  • The FCRHA will be requested to convert approximately 50 Housing Choice Vouchers to project-based vouchers and make available another 25 units under the Family Unification Program (FUP) as critical support to this effort.
  • The FCRHA will utilize approximately 20 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) vouchers for short-term rental assistance.
  • The FCRHA will make available up to 10 shared apartments (18 individuals) at Wedgewood (Braddock District) to CSB service-eligible individuals. 
  • Non-profit service providers will seek federal Continuum of Care funds and will convert a limited number of Transitional Housing units to permanent supportive housing. 
  • Non-profit housing development organizations and the FCRHA will provide housing opportunities to individuals already receiving services through the CSB, but who are still in need of stable housing. 

 

 

Bridging Affordability Strategic Housing Programs Private Partnerships to Expand Workforce Housing

 


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