Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood,
HCD Director

Federal Housing Funds

The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has an availability of funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs to acquire, develop, and rehabilitate affordable housing. Projects should align with the Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan, the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, One-Year Action Plan, the proposed Fairfax County Countywide Strategic Plan, and specifically the priority area entitled “Housing and Neighborhood Livability,” and the One Fairfax Equity Policy. The affordability is for at least 30 years.



Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides annual grants to eligible local governments and States to be used to address a wide range of unique community development needs, including affordable housing, fair housing and human services activities, that are primarily for the benefit of low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Learn More

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides annual grants to be used to fund a wide range of housing activities, including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership, or providing direct rental assistance to low- to moderate-income individuals and families, as well as for fair housing activities. Learn More


The Request for Proposals (RFP) is typically open from late July to Early August timeframe and submissions are due in September. When an RFP is open, information regarding the RFP will be posted on this webpage.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include acquisition and rehabilitation for scattered-site rental (condominium, townhouse, single-family) and multifamily rental projects (30 units or less).

Additional points will be given to projects depending on the criteria of the RFP. Some additional points can include:

  • Elderly persons ages 62 and up 
  • Youth transitioning out of foster care 
  • Homeless (or at risk of homelessness) 
  • Persons with disabilities (physical, mental, or sensory) 
  • Veterans 
  • Survivors of domestic violence 

Funding Amount

The funding typically available under this RFP is between $1 million and $4 million, and consists of CDBG and HOME funds (to include a subset of HOME funds reserved for Community Housing Development Organizations).

Project Timing

Additional points are usually given to projects that can be completed by the end of the current fiscal year (June 30). However, funding awarded to successful applicants must be used (i.e., project completion and fully occupied by beneficiaries) within 24 months of approval by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) of grant awards.

Eligible Applicants

To access CDBG and HOME funds, eligible applicants must have:

  • A designation as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • A demonstrated successful track record in owning and managing real estate. If a non-profit applicant does not have an established track record, the organization is encouraged to partner with another non-profit organization with applicable experience.
  • A demonstrated successful track record in the provision of services to persons from low-income households, experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, or from other special needs populations.  If a non-profit applicant does not have an established track record, the organization is encouraged to partner with another non-profit with applicable experience.
  • A current sound financial condition. Non-profits will be required to provide the last three years annual audited financial statements and auditor's opinion and management letter, if issued. Audits must be conducted by an independent licensed certified public accountant. 
  • No current debarment.  Any person or firm suspended or debarred from participating in County, State, or Federal procurement is ineligible to receive funding. This includes both applicants and any partnering organization identified as part of an application.

How are Applicants Selected?

A Selection Advisory Committee is selected to review the proposals and provide recommendation to the FCRHA for funding at its December meeting.

*Each Fiscal Year runs from July 1 to June 30.


FY 2023 Application Materials

Please note that the deadline for the FY 2023 application period has passed and we are no longer accepting applications at this time.


Application Submission Requirements

All applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022. Applicants may select one of the following options for submitting their application materials:

  1. Electronic Filing
    First, please contact Stephen.Knippler@fairfaxcounty.gov to obtain a ShareFile link for you to submit your application materials. When you are ready, save a PDF version of your application package and submit it via ShareFile; and print 2 hard copies (one with an original signature) and mail or deliver them to:
    Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
    Attn: Stephen Knippler
    3700 Pender Drive
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030

    * Application packages may be hand-delivered to the first floor reception desk at this address.
  2. Mail or Hand-Delivery
    Print 5 hard copies (including one with an original signature) and mail or hand-deliver them to the address listed above.

Pre-Proposal Conference

A free Pre-Proposal Conference was held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. 

The PowerPoint presentation is available here

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