Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia



Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F

703-246-5101 | TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood, HCD Director

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Since 1966, our mission has been to provide safe, affordable homes for the residents of Fairfax County; and to assist the disabled and senior members of our community. Through our efforts nearly 20,000 people live in stable environments, including teachers, first responders and nurses who serve our County every day. Through our outreach, non-profit partners are able to join in this effort and provide necessary care for people with special needs. And with our assistance many people are able to purchase their first home. We are proud of what we do for our neighbors and county residents.

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Housing Headlines

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September 16, 2020
On Friday, September 11, The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the final allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Through this final allocation, Fairfax County will receive an additional $4.85 Million in federal funding to assist residents facing higher risk of eviction and help combat the economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal dollars allocated through the CDBG program, represent only a portion of the total amount of stimulus funding provided to Fairfax County through the CARES Act. This particular funding source is administered through the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to this announcement, Fairfax County had received $3.5 million through HUD’s initial allocation of CDBG funding. The funds were authorized to be used to support: Emergency rent and utility assistance for households who have lost income due to COVID-19 (facilitated through the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services) Operating expenses for non-profit partners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and provide targeted public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19; Income replacement for affordable housing providers whose tenants are unable to pay their rent during the crisis due to COVID-19; and Funding to support administrative costs, if needed, to implement and monitor the activities. Fairfax County Housing staff are currently working on allocation approvals to continue these activities and considering the possibility of additional activities to provide assistance to residents.

Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Newsletter

September 1, 2020
  SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness – now part of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development – is committed to eliminating the disproportionality of people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness from communities of color and other marginalized populations by providing equitable paths to safe, stable, affordable housing. COVID-19 UPDATES Thanks to the ongoing dedication of numerous partners, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has continued to address the needs of those at risk of and experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of activities from the past month: Temporary Shelter Available During COVID-19: The availability of Quarantine, Protection, Isolation, and Decompression (QPID) Hotels as a temporary resource for those who meet the eligibility criteria and are unable to safely practice infection control was announced to the broader community. More than 450 people have transitioned into QPID Hotels since April 16th with locations now operating in Falls Church, Herndon, and Alexandria. The QPID Hotels are managed by several non-profit partners, including Shelter House, Cornerstones, New Hope Housing, and FACETS. Northern Virginia Family Service operates a Central Intake to triage referrals to the various QPID Hotels.   Supporting Return to School (SRS) Program: Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is providing full-day on-site programming for elementary school students in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. This is part of the county’s and FCPS’ joint commitment to One Fairfax, to ensure that all families have equitable access to the services they need to support their children’s virtual learning. Students will be able to have their social, emotional, and physical needs met, while still abiding by the CDC guidelines. Classrooms will have no more than ten students. This program is available at thirty-seven schools. Registration is open now. Thank you to the many providers that are serving people in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each and every one of you are sincerely appreciated.   PARTNERSHIP UPDATES The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) would like to welcome Amber Smith. As a Program Manager Amber will oversee the contracts with Artemis House which were transferred to OPEH on July 1, 2020.  Amber has over 14 years of experience in the social services non-profit sector, serving in both programmatic and leadership roles. Amber’s professional experience has shaped her into a detail-oriented, mindful, continuously-learning, “catalyst of hope” who is dedicated to ensuring program efficacy within the social services field.  Prior to joining OPEH, Amber worked specifically in rapid rehousing program development and oversight, assisting the District of Columbia in implementing their first adult singles rapid rehousing program. Her academic background is in psychology and obtained a degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Amber shared that in her spare time, she enjoys yoga, thoughtfully curated cups of tea, and Broadway musicals (pre-COVID-19 pandemic.) She can be reached at amber.smith2@fairfaxcounty.gov.   Sharon Price Singer, the Families Programs Manager of OPEH since 2016, started her new role as a Senior Program Specialist at the Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) office at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Her last day at OPEH was on Friday, August 14. Families can call Coordinated Services Planning for assistance Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 at 703 222 0880. For assistance with other issues, please contact Diana Pina at diana.pina@fairfaxcounty.gov.    CoC Annual Membership Invitation: OPEH strives to ensure that membership and participation in the Continuum of Care (CoC) includes a diverse and broad representation of all the necessary voices needed to accomplish the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and one time. This annual invitation is open to any organization or individual connected to Fairfax County that is also interested in preventing and ending homelessness in our community, including but not limited to, the representatives outlined in 24 CFR § 578.3 DEFINITIONS.   To change your email address or unsubscribe please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mailinglist/. Additional staff can also sign up to receive the monthly newsletters and other CoC announcements distributed through this website. For questions about CoC membership, please contact michael.willson@fairfaxcounty.gov.  2020 Census Workers to Count Population Experiencing Homeless in September: The U.S. Census Bureau has announced the new schedule for counting people experiencing homelessness in the 2020 Census. The operation was originally scheduled for March 30 through April 1, but health and safety concerns due to COVID-19 forced a delay. The Census Bureau now plans to send specially trained census takers to count people at shelters, soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans, and locations previously identified by the Census Bureau where people are known to sleep outdoors. People experiencing homelessness will be counted where they are staying between September 22 through 24. Census takers will follow the latest local public health guidance regarding the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing.   For more information, visit 2020census.gov.   TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Please register for the following trainings if you have an interest in attending. By registering, we will be able to inform you of any adjustments or cancelations due to COVID-19.  2020 HomeAid Annual Housing Forum:  Thursday, September 3, 2020 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guest Speakers: Keynote - Kevin Hines Mind-body practitioner - Gina White The Webinar will focus on suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, mental health and wellness, mindfulness, and overall self-care for providers who work with clients experiencing homelessness.   Fair Housing Seminar, Virginia Fair Housing Office  Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave SW, Ste 221, Roanoke, VA 24016) Enter “DPOR” in the Keyword Search and follow the prompts. There is no cost to attend.      Virginia Fair Housing Training 101:  Two sessions are available. Register below: Wednesday, September 9, 2020  1 - 5 p.m. Register here. Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1 - 5 p.m. Register here. It is highly encouraged that any staff who have not taken a VA Certified Fair Housing Training in the past two years signs up and completes the class. By completing this class attendees will be eligible to apply for their Fair Housing License through DPOR. Fair Housing Laws apply to anyone working in Housing to include Finance Associates, Security, Vendors, and Volunteers. The term “housing” refers to all housing covered by the Fair Housing Act (FHA), including apartments, condominiums, cooperatives, single family homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, domestic violence shelters, emergency shelters, homeless shelters, dormitories, and other types of housing covered by the FHA.   Trauma Awareness 101 Training-FC CoC:  Two sessions are available. Register below:  Friday, September 18, 2020 10 - 11:30 a.m. Register here. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10 - 11:30 a.m. Register here. Bobbi Mason, Fairfax County Department of Family Services, will be presenting this impactful training. This training will increase attendees’ professional capacity understand and address clients and others that have experienced traumatic events. All CoC partners especially front line and support staff team members who work directly with the public and clients will benefit from attending this training. Trauma awareness training covers three key areas: 1) Recognizing the signs of trauma 2) Understanding how the effects of trauma may influence the people you work with 3) Knowing your role in working with people affected by trauma.

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August 31, 2020
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has adopted a number of waivers authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enable more effective service delivery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. These waivers provide administrative flexibility to efficiently serve tenants and landlords participating in federally subsidized housing programs. Some of the waivers granted include: Self-certification from program participants of income and assets and up to $1,000 in medical expense deductions Extension of maximum term of homeownership assistance by up to 1 year Allows for the collection of non-original Social Security number documentation See Complete List of Waivers QUESTIONS Any questions regarding rental assistance programs may be directed to the Rental Assistance Division of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development by emailing rha@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-246-5101.
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