Fairfax County, Virginia Provides Workforce Housing

Source: Breakthroughs, Vol. 8 no. 4, July 2009

Median home prices in Fairfax County, Virginia are out of reach for many low- and moderate-income households. The 2007 median market value of owned homes in Fairfax County, Virginia was $536,162, and the average rental complex rent in 2007 was $1,317. Essential county employees, such as firefighters, police, and teachers, are unable to buy or rent a home near their workplace, forcing them to commute long distances. To create and preserve affordable housing for its workforce, Fairfax County has adopted a number of programs and initiatives. This article focuses on one such unique program, known as the Magnet Housing Program.

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