Housing and Community Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F
703-246-5000 TTY 711
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tom Fleetwood
HCD Director

Workforce Dwelling Unit Homebuyer Program

WDU Homebuyer
The Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Homebuyer Program provides a means for qualified homebuyers earning between 70 and 120 percent the Area Median Income (AMI) to purchase a home at below-market prices near employment centers and transportation options. WDU townhomes and condominiums are located within market-rate developments throughout the county and vary in size and layout. 

Homeowners are responsible for all home maintenance, home improvements and compliance with homeowner or condominium fees, rules and regulations. For new homes the builder is responsible for all warranty items.

The First-Time Homebuyer and Workforce Dwelling Unit Homebuyer Waiting Lists will be Temporarily Closed

The First-Time Homebuyer and Workforce Dwelling Unit Homebuyer Waiting Lists will be temporarily closed from November 20, 2023, through March 1, 2024, and will not accept any new applications. Please check this website after March 1, 2024, for the Waiting Lists to reopen. Only applicants with a valid Passport to Homeownership may enter the unit drawings. 

Although the Waiting Lists will be temporarily closed, you may complete the Virginia Housing Homebuyer Education in preparation for the waiting list to reopen.

All applicants must complete a Homebuyer Education Course offered by Virginia Housing. You may see all available classes online at www.virginiahousing.com/homebuyers. There is no cost to attend this class. All attendees will be provided with a certificate of completion which will need to be submitted as part of your application materials.


Eligibility 
Homebuyers who purchase a home through the program are required to:

  • NEW: As of October 2022, all prospective applicants for the WDU program may not have an ownership interest in real property when submitting an application to purchase a WDU or when closing on the purchase of a WDU. Any applicant who currently owns a home is not eligible for the WDU program. You may re-submit the requisite forms at such time as you no longer own a home.
  • Live in the home as their primary residence (No renting allowed; occupancy is certified annually)
  • Contact Fairfax County prior to any refinancing (Refinancing is limited to current outstanding principal balance)
  • First offer the unit to Fairfax County at time of resale
  • Other covenants apply (Fairfax County; Tysons-specific)
  • Eligible applicants must have a total household income which falls below 120 percent of AMI (based on household size) as outlined in the table below:
Family Size 70% AMI 80% AMI 100% AMI 120% AMI
1 $74,500 $85,200 $106,450 $127,750
2 $85,150 $97,350 $121,700 $146,000
3 $95,800 $109,550 $136,900 $164,250
4 $106,450 $121,700 $152,100 $182,500
5 $114,950 $131,450 $164,250 $197,100
6 $123,500 $141,150 $176,450 $211,700
7 $132,000 $150,900 $188,600 $226,300
8 $140,500 $160,650 $200,750 $240,900

Note: Applicants within the 70% AMI tier may also be eligible to purchase a unit through the First-Time Homebuyer Program.

Home pricing may vary from property to property. Similar units may have different sales prices depending on the income tiers it is designated to serve. Sales prices are not negotiable. Current prices range from $200,000 to the high $400,000s. WDU unit purchasers agree to abide by the following covenant provisions.

COVENANTS
Restrictive agreements which govern the occupancy, refinance and resale price of participating properties during the initial 30-years of ownership.

Each homeowner must:

  • Live in the home as your primary residence
  • Contact Fairfax County Homeownership staff before refinancing the home
  • Sell your home at a controlled price through the WDU program when selling; and
  • Split the net proceeds over the control price with the Fairfax County Housing Trust Fund if your sell you home after the 30-year control period.

After a homeowner has resided in the home for 30-years, the unit must still be offered to Fairfax County, but the resale price may be set by the owner.  Certain other covenant provisions still apply.  The covenants may be found here.  

Homes for Sale

Only applicants with a valid Passport to Homeownership may enter the following unit drawings.  No new applications nor changes to existing Passports will be accepted once the listing is posted.  To ensure you qualify for the most drawings possible, please make sure your lender pre-approves you for the maximum loan amount you can afford.  Passports are issued following the completion of Orientation and Information sessions, completed Lender Pre-Approval letter and completed and signed FTHB Program initial application. Units are listed as they become available from developers or current FTHB Program owners sell their home.  Please check back on a weekly basis for new listings.  Listings are open for a two-week period and you may not enter a drawing once the listing date expires.

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