Housing News

Fairfax Co Housing Strategic Plan

At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently presented their framework for a new Housing Strategic Plan for the County. Stressing that this would not be a needs assessment, HCD’s Director said that this plan will align with other recent master plans, including the

Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Areas

Strategies for Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Cities: DC Case Study. This Urban Institute paper uses the Washington, DC region to explore the barriers and opportunities to increase the supply of housing. Given projections of population and job growth, our region has a significant shortage of housing, and in particular, housing that is affordable for

Make Room Campaign

The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance has signed on to the Make Room Campaign. Will your organization sign on too? As advocates, we know what’s at stake. More than 20 million American families – including seniors, millennials, veterans, people with disabilities and the working poor – can barely keep a roof over their heads, paying

Losing Affordability in North Arlington

In the Westover neighborhood of north Arlington, 450 older affordable units are at risk of demolition and redevelopment, but the land use and regulatory tools that could preserve these units are complicated and costly. And time may be running out – in the past two years, 62 units have been demolished to make way for

Fx Co Acquisition Funding

Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will release an RFP in mid-July for approximately $6.8 million for a new multifamily development. The allocation combines funding from prior years, carryover and some new funding.  Based on input from developers at a recent county forum, the process will move from a single deadline to

Surprise Decision for Ramsey Homes

After more than a year of contentious public hearings and community meetings, Alexandria’s City Council voted unanimously for a new direction in the redevelopment of Ramsey Homes. At their last meeting before summer recess, Council directed city staff to focus their analysis and feasibility studies on a plan that includes demolition of all four existing

Arlington Landlord Partnership

As the result of a new collaboration between the Arlington County Housing Assistance Bureau and Arlington human services agencies, local landlords and property managers, the Arlington Landlord Partnership (ALP) has been created. The goal of the ALP is to increase the availability of rental housing for homeless individuals and families who normally would not be

Fairfax County Proffer Map

On July 1, the new proffer legislation passed by the last session of the General Assembly goes into effect, and many jurisdictions are unsure exactly what the impact will be on their ability to negotiate community benefits in exchange for density. Fairfax County has created a map of designated mixed-use areas that are exempt from

Expanding the LIHTC Program

From our colleagues at the Virginia Housing Alliance: We have promising news on the Housing Tax Credit, along with a call to action. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced S.2962, The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016. This Act will make significant strides towards addressing the nation’s severe shortage of