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The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 90 Housing Choice Vouchers for Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBA) in support of new housing opportunities for homeless families or individuals on the FCRHA’s waiting list, with eight in support of victims of domestic violence. Project-based vouchers made available will serve homeless individuals or families with supportive services as outlined in the Housing Blueprint.
United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) awarded $50,000 in designated affordable housing funds through an Affordable Housing Initiative grant to the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). The grant enables the development of a Communications Action Network (CAN) that will advocate for affordable housing throughout United Way NCA’s eight regions.
“This important, region-wide grant will increase collaboration, inform our communities and civic leaders, plus create a united voice in support of the rapidly growing need for affordable housing,” said United Way NCA President and CEO Bill Hanbury. “The call to act now and act together is compelling.”
Over the next two decades, according to George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, 731,457 new housing units will be needed to house the region’s growing workforce. Many of these new workers will have jobs that pay less than the area median income. In addition, in D.C. alone, more than 6,500 people are currently homeless, of which more than 1,600 are children. Some 39,000 households are on the waiting list for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing. An additional 47,500 households spend 50 percent or more of their incomes on housing, leaving little for other basic needs.
“The challenges of providing housing that people can afford impact each local jurisdiction and thus our entire region,” observed Heather M. Raspberry, executive director of HAND. The regional nonprofit organization is dedicated to building a professional community of housing providers in order to increase the supply of affordable housing in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-Richmond corridor. “It’s important that we communicate these realities effectively so we can help policymakers and housing providers better meet the need,” she added.Download Press Release
On September 24th, the Washington, DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC LISC) released a new book entitled Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC. The new book, Becoming What We Can Be, marks DC LISC’s 30th Anniversary and features nine trailblazers who have had a significant, lasting impact in community development, along with 16 chapters on the transformation of Washington, DC neighborhoods. Infused in the chapters are the voices of 60 oral histories from elected officials, staff of nonprofits, bankers, philanthropists, developers and others. The book is available in hard copy and online through Kindle, Nook and iPad.
The Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force 2012 will hold host a Public Forum on November 14, 2012 from 6-9 PM. The purpose of the Public Forum is to hear from the public regarding affordable and market rate housing in the District. The goal of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force is to help city leaders ensure the creation of more affordable housing for residents of the District of Columbia. For more information visit www.taskforce2012.org. Those who wish to testify should contact Allison Ladd at (202) 777-1634 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide your name, organizational affiliation, and title of organization by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2012. If you should need sign language interpretation or language interpretation, please note this when signing up to testify.