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 RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration Project) Project-Based Voucher units. RAD Project-Based Voucher units are managed and maintained by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The units were built or acquired using federal funds. Units include townhouses, garden apartments and condominium units, and are located throughout the County.
The program generally serves households with incomes up to 50% of median income. Tenants pay 30-35% 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.
For general information on the RAD Project-Based Voucher program, you may also visit HUD's website.
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority closed the RAD Waitlist on Monday, July 23, 2018. If you are on a Fairfax County waiting list, click here for more information.
Criteria Used to Determine Eligibility
HCD screens applicants to determine that they meet the qualifications for the RAD Project-Based Voucher Program by confirming information provided on the application form, including checking credit records, rental references, and police records. Residents pay 30 or 35 percent of their household income for rent. Applicants must also qualify by income, based on household size.
Income Limits 2021
Maximum Household Income Limits Extremely Low (30%)
Maximum Household Income Limits Very Low (50%)
Maximum Household Income Limits Low (80%) (Adjusted)
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* (8 points) - must meet one of the following criteria:
Head and spouse, or sole member is age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities;
Head or spouse must be employed, attending school and/or participating in a job training program or a combination of these for at least 30 hours per week;
Sole adult in the household working less than 30 hours per week and who is the primary caretaker of a disabled minor dependent.
2. Rent Burden (1 point) - must meet one of the following criteria:
Must earn less than 50% of the area median income based upon your family composition; or
Paying more than 30% of gross annual income for rent and utilities (cable not included)
3. Residency (4 points):
Head of household, spouse or co-head must reside in, work or are hired to work in the following jurisdictions: Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, or City of Fairfax:
Head of household, spouse or co-head must have graduated from or are active participants in education and training programs designed to prepare the applicant(s) for the job market in Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, or City of Fairfax.
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.