Housing authority gets HUD ‘Moving to Work’ designation

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been named a “Moving to Work” agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a title awarded to only 34 housing agencies in the country.

Moving to Work gives housing authorities the flexibility to create programs that work best for their residents, allowing them to design and test innovative, locally designed strategies to improve cost effectiveness and help families achieve self-sufficiency.

Moving to Work will bring about several changes in the county’s housing programs:

*Creating a housing continuum that joins together the county’s housing programs, including public housing and housing choice vouchers, and establishes goals to help residents move toward self-sufficiency.

*Expanding community partnerships with nonprofit organizations to provide self-sufficiency services such as “ready-to-rent” training, job readiness and homebuyer education.

*Reducing the burden on staff and residents related to such things as recertifications and inspections. This will allow case workers to link residents to the services they need to become and remain self-sufficient.

Falls Church closes bridgeon Van Buren St. to pedestrians

Until further notice, Falls Church has closed to pedestrians the sidewalk along the bridge near 501 Van Buren St., Crossman Park and Benjamin Banneker Park that crosses Four Mile Run. The street portion of the bridge is safe for vehicles.

The Public Works Department has cordoned off the bridge portion of the sidewalk, detouring pedestrians into the parking lane on the bridge. No parking will be allowed on the bridge.

Engineers are determining how to retrofit the bridge to correct the issue.

Open house Wednesday to focus on Richmond Highway corridor

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corp., an economic agency focused on redeveloping the Richmond Highway corridor, will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 6677 Richmond Hwy., second floor.

The event will highlight recent changes for both group and the corridor, including the organization’s new office space and logo, the election of Walter Clarke as the corporation’s new president, the completion of the Beacon of Groveton and Kings Crossing Phase II, and the approval of several revitalization projects.

The corporation will also present the 12th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards to five properties in the corridor that made exemplary efforts to improve their appearance through landscaping and plantings. A special award also will be presented to the Montebello condominiums.

— Fairfax County Times