Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood,
HCD Director

2020 Housing Challenge

2020 Housing Challenge

Affordable housing is a critical priority facing Fairfax County. The anticipated growth of the community, increasing rents and only modest increases in household income means that individuals and families earning low to moderate incomes are finding it increasingly difficult to find price-appropriate housing options in the communities where they work. Fairfax County has adopted the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan ,which outlines a number of strategies along with policy and resource development opportunities that can help enhance its affordable housing portfolio; however, it is plainly clear that true success, when it comes to affordable housing, is a communitywide achievement.

That's where you come in!

Fairfax County and the George Mason School of Business are proud to host the 2020 Housing Challenge as a means of bringing together students, residents, industry professionals, housing advocates and policy experts to provide solutions to three critical challenges facing Fairfax County in our pursuit towards enhanced home affordability - particularly for those earning low to moderate incomes. Cash prizes will be awarded!


3 Challenges

Communications: Enhancing Public Awareness and Support for Affordable Housing

Design a modern, comprehensive communications strategy to gain broad support for the 5K by 15 goal across sectors, industries, partners, geographies, and residents.

Partnerships: Engage Employers and Non-Traditional Partners in Providing Affordable Housing

Despite new resources being dedicated to affordable housing, Fairfax County anticipates a gap of at least 10,000 units, affordable to households earning 60 percent of median income and below, over the next 15 years.  Recognizing that government cannot solve this issue in isolation, develop a set of comprehensive policy solutions that will engage employers and non-traditional partners in solving this challenge.

Faith Communities: Facilitating Their Participation in the Affordable Housing Solution

Many houses of worship have underutilized land that could be developed either by selling it or ground leasing it to a developer.  Create a multifaceted policy framework to provide technical expertise to houses of worship in order to increase the stock of affordable housing. 

Mark Your Calendar!

March 2, 2020: Pre-Challenge Workshop

Pre-Challenge Workshop
March 2, 2020
10 a.m. to Noon

Fairfax County Government Center, Room 120C* (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax)

Participants will receive a basic "crash course" in affordable housing in Fairfax County and get an understanding of the policy challenges to be presented at the 2020 Housing Challenge on March 11.

*Room 120C is located in the cafeteria.

March 11, 2020 - Housing Challenge

2020 Housing Challenge
March 11, 2020
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

George Mason University's Merten Hall, Roon 1201 (4400 University Drive, Fairfax)

This full-day event will bring together individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences from all over the county to tackle three critical policy challenges facing Fairfax County and our communitywide progress towards affordable housing. All are welcome to participate.

Sponsors Welcome!

We welcome the partnership of community sponsors in support of the vision of the 2020 Housing Challenge event. All  sponsors will receive recognition on the program website and at the event.




Additional event details and registration information will be posted as they become available. If you have questions about the 2020 Housing Challenge, please contact Linda Hoffman at rha@fairfaxcounty.gov



This event is being provided by Fairfax County in partnership with 

George Mason Universith School of Business

Fairfax Virtual Assistant