Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

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Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 10 AM – 12 noon, Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA.

Working with members of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and an outside consultant, HCD has developed a presentation to inform these community dialogues on issues related to unmet housing needs, housing costs and the income levels needed to live affordably in the County. It’s not surprising that many jobs critical to the County’s economy do not pay enough to allow these employees to live in the County.

This point is illustrated by profiles created to represent actual stories and life circumstances of people in Fairfax County. These ‘stories’ or profiles will be the basis of the community’s discussion regarding how the county should respond to these housing needs, and the social and economic implications when our communities lack housing opportunities for people of all income levels and at all stages of life.

A website has been created to provide complete information about the progress on the Strategic Plan and a calendar of future community meetings and an online survey will be added. In addition to community-wide meetings, this presentation is scheduled to go before economic development groups, chambers of commerce, civic associations and faith communities. The County hopes to have recommendations for how to respond to its housing needs to present to the Board of Supervisors by the end of 2017.

A nation in housing crisis