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We must do better on affordable housing. We need your help.

At the March 23rd meeting of our Committee, FCDC overwhelmingly adopted a resolution to endorse the reinstatement of the “Penny for Affordable Housing.” Today, I’m asking for us to turn that resolution into action.

The “Penny for Affordable Housing” raised nearly $100 million between 2005 and 2008 to build affordable, inclusive housing in Fairfax County. Since then, investment in affordable housing has slowed in the County. We are in the middle of an affordable housing crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated. A lack of senior and affordable housing options is putting the stability of residents at risk.

An investment today will not only increase housing opportunities, but it will increase the health and well-being for all county residents.

FCDC is joining a chorus of progressive community and non-profit organizations – including the Fairfax County NAACP, Coalition for Smarter Growth, FACETS, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and New Virginia Majority – calling for an investment in affordable housing in the FY22 Fairfax County budget. We can make a difference by amplifying this call to the Democratic-led Board.

Can we count on you to send an email to your member of the Board of Supervisors?

If you feel qualified to add your personal experience with affordable housing or additional thoughts on the issue, that will increase the chances your email will make a difference in the debate.

One in five renters in Fairfax County pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing, requiring them to make difficult choices among what necessities they can afford. This issue also affects senior citizens as more residents in the 50+ community are aging in place, and our county now has more individuals who want and qualify for senior housing than available units.

Your action today will make a difference for the many seniors and working families who call Fairfax County home.

I hope you will join me in calling on Chairman McKay and the Board of Supervisors to bring back the “Penny for Affordable Housing” so our county can continue to grow and thrive.

Bryan Graham
Chair, FCDC

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