The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development has announced the availability of nearly $2.5 million in funding under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Project proposals are being solicited to acquire, develop and rehabilitate affordable rental housing to further advance the Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisor’s goal of producing a minimum of 5,000 new units of affordable housing by 2034. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021.
The funding available under this request for consists of $1,014,205 in CDBG funds and $1,481,509 in HOME funds ($326,321 of which are reserved for Community Housing Development Organizations). Funding awarded to successful applicants must be used within 24 months of approval of grant awards by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (i.e., project completion and fully occupied by beneficiaries).
Eligible Projects include acquisition and rehabilitation for scattered-site rental (condominium, townhouse, single-family) and multifamily rental projects (30 units or less).
Projects should align with:
- The Fairfax County Consolidated Plan
- The Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan
- The Housing and Neighborhood Livability priority area outlined in the Fairfax County 20-Year Strategic Plan
- The county's One Fairfax Equity Policy
- The recommendations issued by the Chairman’s Task Force on Equity and Opportunity
Additional points will be given to projects that include acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of affordable housing and serve households meeting one or more of the following special needs criteria:
- Elderly persons ages 62 and up earning at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI);
- Youth transitioning out of foster care earning at or below 60% of AMI;
- Homeless (or at risk of homelessness) earning at or below 60% of AMI;
- Persons with disabilities (physical, mental, or sensory) earning at or below 60% of AMI;
- Veterans earning at or below 60% of AMI; and
- Survivors of domestic violence earning at or below 80% of AMI.