Fairfax County Seeks Community Input on Affordable Housing
Feedback from the community will help shape the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan
Do you think housing affordability is an issue in Fairfax County? Do you have thoughts or ideas about how the community should invest in housing that is affordable? Whether your answer is yes, no, or maybe; the county wants to hear from you!
Why is My Input Important?
Fairfax County is a great place to live, work, and play, however, it remains one of the highest cost areas for housing in the nation. Over the last decade, Fairfax County has experienced unprecedented increases in the cost of for-sale housing and a significant decrease in affordable rental housing. In addition, according to data from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, the county will need thousands more homes affordable to new workers – earning a range of incomes – to meet the need associated with projected job growth over the next 20 years. A reasonably healthy job market and above average housing prices (compared to the rest of the country) will continue to make Fairfax County a profoundly challenging housing market. In an effort to address this challenge, the county is leading the development of a Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan. A plan shaped by the community for the community. You are critical to the creation and success of this plan.
How to Get Involved
Fairfax County has developed an online survey to capture direct input from the community regarding housing affordability in the area. The input received will help the county better understand local housing needs and plan for ways to ensure there are housing options for all who want to call Fairfax County home. The results from the online survey will help shape the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan. Led by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, the goals of the housing plan are to:
- Create a shared community vision of how housing supports local economic growth and community sustainability.
- Quantify the housing needed to sensibly accommodate future growth.
- Develop specific, measurable, and actionable strategies for meeting countywide housing goals.
- Identify the programs and policies, and specific funding sources, that will be required to address housing needs in 5, 10, and 15 years.
In addition to your input, the county will build on work already done
through the Fairfax County
Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success, the Human
Services Needs Assessment, and the One
Save-the-Date: Upcoming Community Meeting July 13, 2017
In addition to the survey, there are a number of community meetings being held throughout the county to garner input. On May 20th, the first large community meeting took place at Whitman Middle School in Alexandria (South County area). The event was a success with participation from local residents and non-profits; all providing insightful feedback on how the community should invest in housing that is affordable.
If you missed the first meeting, please mark your calendars for the next large community meeting scheduled for July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003).
For more information on the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan and to stay informed of upcoming meetings, please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/communityhousingplan.htm.