With an enormous need for 15,000 net new homes for low- to moderate-income families over the next 15 years, two things are clear: 1) collaboration and partnerships are critical to filling this need; and 2) solutions come in all shapes and sizes. Fairfax County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia met to commemorate a unique project that proved both these axioms true as they celebrated the completed rehabilitation of a 995 square-foot home in the Woodlawn section of Alexandria.
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In December 2018, The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) awarded $107,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding to support an extensive rehabilitation of a deteriorating structure in order to provide an affordable home to a displaced senior citizen—and armed forces veteran with special needs—living on an extremely low income level (below 30 percent of area median income).
“Affordable housing is a topic very high on people’s minds these days,” said Chairman Sharon Bulova. “According to US Census data from 2018, nearly 25 percent of Fairfax County residents live in households with incomes that cannot adequately sustain the cost of living in Fairfax County. This fact often goes unnoticed when you think of Fairfax County as one of the largest and wealthiest communities in the nation. But is it real; and the need to help these individuals—who contribute in so many ways to our local economy and within our communities—to find affordable, safe and stable housing with access to the benefits and opportunities that life in Fairfax County brings is real.”