UPDATE 4/1: Affordable Housing Proposal Advances

Updated 4/1

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed yesterday to explore the possibility of buying foreclosed properties and converting them into affordable housing by selling them at below-market prices to qualified families.
The board's chairman, Gerald E. Connolly (D), suggested the idea in his annual State of the County address Friday. Although two Republicans on the board opposed the proposal, Connolly and his seven Democratic colleagues supported it.
-- Amy Gardner
Total of Homeless Residents Up Slightly
Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax counted a total of 1,835 homeless residents in January, up slightly from 1,813 in 2007. The annual count includes people who live on the street, in shelters or in transitional housing.
The number of homeless families was 311, up from 307, according to survey released yesterday. Nearly 60 percent of all homeless people were in families, with 66 percent of adults in families employed full time. Of the homeless, 36 percent were children, with 75 percent of those younger than 12
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-- Amy Gardner

Originally posted 3/28
Despite the professed desire from Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly to dip into the county's reserve fund to help the government through the current budget crisis, the rules established for accessing the fund in 1999 prohibit using the money under the current economic situation which is not severe enough. Connolly said he wonders if the rules aren't too strict and if they shouldn't be changed. Read this article in today's Metro section for more information.

In other county economic news, Connolly is proposing that the county by foreclosed houses and resell them at below market prices to working families. That story is here.

By Focus on Fairfax |  April 1, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  | Category:  Economy, Taxes , Government
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