Affordable housing in Fairfax


The local government owns and operates nearly 3,800 dwellings, according to county figures, part of which were acquired as concessions from developers or through other housing initiatives. The figure also includes units for seniors and 234 “beds” in transitional housing or assisted-living facilities.

The steady expansion of the county’s affordable housing inventory has invited new scrutiny of the program, which opponents on the Board of Supervisors call flawed in how it selects occupants and measures success.

Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity, a newly elected Republican, told The Examiner he wants to reroute the $23 million “1-penny fund” for affordable housing into other budget needs, a proposal sure to ignite a feud with the board’s Democratic chairman, Gerry Connolly.

“At what point is enough enough?” Herrity said.

Connolly called Herrity’s idea “ill-conceived” and said it doesn’t have the support of the board. The fund, he said, “has been doing what we wanted it to do, which is to preserve affordable housing.”

This is the best reason I know of to support Gerry Connolly.

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