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

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Project-Based Voucher Program (formally known as Public Housing)

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) operates 1,060 units of Public Housing. Public Housing units are managed and maintained by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The units were built or acquired using federal public housing funds. Units include townhouses, garden apartments and condominium unPhoto of Reston Town Center Townhomesits, and are located throughout the County.

The program generally serves households with incomes up to 50% of median income. Tenants pay 30% of their income for rent. The average income of tenant households is about $21,694 (FY 2010). The FCRHA receives an annual operating subsidy from the federal government. Fairfax County's Public Housing program is evaluated annually by HUD using Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS).

For general information on the Public Housing Program, you may also visit HUD's website.

Criteria Used to Select Applicants

HCD screens applicants to determine that they meet the qualifications for the Public Housing Program by confirming information provided on the application form, including checking credit records, rental references, and police records. Residents pay 30% of their household income for rent. Applicants must also qualify by income, based on household size.



Local Preferences:

HCD screens applicants for eligibility under HUD rules and applies local preferences and date and time of application to determine waiting list position.

Applicants must meet all local preferences to qualify for the FCRHA Public Housing wait lists. The local preferences are:

1. Work preference* - head of household or spouse employed, attending school or participating in a job training program at least 30 hours per week OR is in a combination of these at least 30 hours per week; OR 62 years or older; OR meets HUD's definition of being handicapped or disabled, OR is the only adult in the household working less than 20 hours per week and who is the primary caretaker of a disabled dependent;

2. Residency preference - lives or works in Fairfax County, or the cities or towns with which the county has agreements.

3. Rent burden preference - pays more than 30% of gross annual income for rent and utilities, or earns less than 50% of area median income; 

* Hours worked or in job training have been temporarily reduced from 30 hours, and will return to 30 hours effective May 1, 2012.

Note:  Person with a disability is a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as walking, thinking, speaking, breathing, hearing, learning, or working; (2) has a record or history of an impairment that limits a major life activity, even if the person no longer has the disability or if the disability no longer limits a major life activity; or (3) is regarded as having an impairment that limits a major life activity.