City of Falls Church

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5003.

HOUSING RENOVATION -- The council voted to renovate Winter Hill, a garden apartment complex for low-income residents, with funds the city expects to receive next summer from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program.

Balconies are to be renovated and air conditioning is to be installed at the privately owned, nonprofit development located on several streets in the center of the city, south of Broad Street. The complex contains 81 housing units, 80 of which are set aside for elderly or disabled residents. Residents receive federal rent subsidies.

For the last 14 years, Falls Church has participated in HUD's Community Development Block Grant program, in which federal money is granted to certain jurisdictions for community projects benefitting low and moderate income individuals.

In 1984, Falls Church, which is too small a jurisdiction to receive block grant money independently, entered into a cooperative agreement with Arlington County in order to be eligible for funding.

For fiscal 1989, which begins July 1, Falls Church and Arlington expect to receive $2 million, about $83,000 of which would be allocated to Falls Church.

Since Arlington is in charge of administering the joint program between the city and the county, the Arlington County Board must give final approval to the city's plan. The board is scheduled to consider the plan, along with the county's own block grant proposals, in April.