Posted on February 6, 2023 at 8:57 AM by Nancy McCormick
The Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development invites residents to provide comment on the draft regional fair housing plan for Loudoun County. The public comment period opened January 31, 2023, and will last until March 31, 2023. Residents are also encouraged to attend a public hearing on March 8, 2023, to learn more about the plan and provide feedback in person.
Loudoun County is one of eight participating jurisdictions that is working collaboratively to develop a regional fair housing plan, also known as the Regional Analysis of Impediments, to Fair Housing Choice. The process is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Under the U.S. Fair Housing Act, people are protected from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, applying for a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.
Loudoun County is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to “affirmatively further fair housing.” The regional analysis will fulfill this HUD requirement and aims to increase collaboration, innovation, and effectiveness of strategies to further fair housing throughout the region. The plan will become final in 2023.
Public Comment Period
The public comment period will gather input from Loudoun County residents on the draft fair housing plan. The public comment period is open from January 31, 2023, to March 31, 2023. To submit comments:
Loudoun County will host a public hearing on March 8, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Department of Housing and Community Development office located at 106 Catoctin Circle SE in Leesburg. The meeting will be held in the Olmstead Room on the first floor. The program will include an overview of the Loudoun County sections of the fair housing plan including goals, past achievements, and data on affordable housing and barriers to fair housing in the county.
Anyone interested in speaking during the public hearing is encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting the Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-737-8323 or by email.
To request language interpretation or accommodations for those with disabilities, please contact the Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-737-8323 or by email. Five days' notice is requested.
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Posted on December 7, 2022 at 1:34 PM by Nancy McCormick
The Loudoun County Department of Housing & Community Development will accept proposals from December 8 through January 23, 2023, from the owners of rental properties to contract with the county for Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs).
PBVs will be awarded to rental property owners for assistance tied to specific housing units, which may be newly constructed or rehabilitated rental housing. PBVs may be awarded to the owners of affordable rental housing who provide fully accessible housing for people with disabilities, in accordance with federal regulations for accessibility and housing quality standards. Housing units that are fully accessible and compliant with Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will be given priority.
Proposals will be evaluated based on an owner’s experience and capability to manage or build rental housing as identified in the proposal. Proposals should address and include the following:
Proposals must be submitted electronically by email no later than 5:00 p.m., January 23, 2023. The Department of Housing & Community Development reserves the right to not award PBV contracts.
For more information about the proposal review process and submission procedures, visit loudoun.gov/projectbasedvouchers or contact Tandi Butler in the Department of Housing & Community Development by email or phone at 703-771-5204.
Posted on September 22, 2022 at 12:09 PM by Nancy McCormick
John E. Hall has been selected as the new director of the Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Hall was selected after a nationwide recruitment. His appointment is effective October 13, 2022.
Hall has more than 20 years of professional experience in housing and community development, most recently in the city of Spokane, Washington, where he served as director of the Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services Division. His previous experience includes serving as executive director of the Indianapolis Housing Agency; executive director of the Wichita, Kansas, Housing Authority; director of the Wichita Housing and Community Services Department; a field director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development.
As director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Hall will oversee a recently created department that supports the community in obtaining safe and affordable housing. Prior to being established as an independent department, affordable housing programs and services were administered through the Office of Housing within the Office of the County Administrator.
“We had a very competitive pool of applicants for this important position and John’s vast experience and knowledge in this sector will help Loudoun continue to make advancements in the areas of housing and community development, which is a key strategic initiative of the Board of Supervisors,” Hemstreet said. “I believe he has the right skill set and track record to lead this county department and help it achieve its mission to create more attainable, affordable housing opportunities in Loudoun.”
Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.
Hall fills the vacancy left by Sarah Coyle Etro when she retired in August 2022. Etro served as acting director of the new department when it was created in April 2022 and Michelle Winter has served as interim acting director since Etro’s retirement.
More information about the Department of Housing and Community Development is online at loudoun.gov/housing.