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Fairfax County

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Fast Facts:

  • Fairfax was home to 1,138,331 people and had 429,828 housing units in 2022. Since 2010, Fairfax has added an average of 4,600 people and 1,800 housing units per year.
  • Thirty-one percent of households were renters and 46 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Fairfax did not meet the annual production target of 4,070 units, with 3,443 new units built in 2023. Cumulatively, Fairfax has produced at least 12,197 units since 2019, short of its 5-year target of 20,350.
  • Fairfax County has not adopted the 2030 COG housing targets but has established a goal for 10,000 net new affordable housing units by 2034.
Sources: Census Population and Housing Unit Estimates, Decennial Census, American Community Survey (2018-22), and the HIT survey of local jurisdictions.
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Policy Status

Solving the region's affordable housing crisis requires a portfolio of policies to preserve existing affordable housing, produce more housing, and protect people from discrimination and displacement.

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Right of First Refusal

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Preservation Inventory - Subsidized

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Preservation Inventory - Unsubsidized

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Homeowners

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades of Affordable Housing

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Housing Outcomes

Local jurisdictions submitted data to enable the region to track housing production, preservation, and rental affordability.

Structural Racism

Discriminatory actions and racist public policies have produced inequitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Washington region, including lower incomes and wealth, lower homeownership rates, and higher rates of housing cost burden.

Housing Context

Understanding how household incomes relate to the supply of affordable rental and homeownership units will inform jurisdictions' efforts to meet the current and future housing needs of residents.

Elected Officials

  1. Bryan Hill

    County Executive

  2. Walter L. Alcorn

    Supervisor - Hunter Mill District

  3. James Bierman, Jr.

    Supervisor - Dranesville District

  4. Pat Herrity

    Supervisor - Springfield District

  5. Andres Jimenez

    Supervisor - Mason District

  6. Rodney Lusk

    Supervisor - Franconia District

  7. Dalia Palchik

    Supervisor - Providence District

  8. Kathy Smith

    Vice-Chairman, Supervisor - Sully District

  9. Daniel Storck

    Supervisor - Mount Vernon District

  10. James R. Walkinshaw

    Supervisor - Braddock District

Equity Officer

  1. Michael Simms

    Acting Director, Office of Human and Equity Programs

Housing Officials

  1. Lenore Stanton

    Chairman, Redevelopment and Housing Authority

  2. Thomas E. Fleetwood

    Director, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development