|Rosedale Manor, an affordable housing community in Bailey's Crossroads doesn't have any vacancies.|
The public is invited to present their views on this issue at a community meeting, titled “Why Housing Matters,” at the Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, on July 13, 7-9 p.m. There will be refreshments.
Community members are also encouraged to take an online survey on housing affordability.
Feedback from the community will help shape a strategic plan being developed by the Fairfax County Office of Housing. County officials want to know whether the public thinks housing affordability is an important issue and what the county can do to invest in affordable housing.
Over the last decade, Fairfax County has experienced unprecedented increases in the cost of for-sale housing and a significant decrease in the availability of affordable rental housing, the Office of Housing states.
The average apartment in Fairfax County cost $1,764 a month in 2015, which means a household needs an annual income of at least $70,560 to afford the typical rent.
About 45 percent of all jobs in the county pay less than $50,000 per year, however. Average salaries for many jobs in the private sector pay well below that. The average salary for a security guard is $31,850, for example, while the average salary in retail sales is just $29,552.
Many public sector employees are also priced out of the Fairfax County housing market. The starting salary for a teacher is $47,046, while the starting salary for a police officer is $50,264.
The goal of the strategic plan on affordable housing is to:
- quantify the housing needed to sensibly accommodate future growth and support the county’s economic sustainability
- develop specific, measurable, and actionable strategies for meeting countywide housing goals
- and identify the programs, policies, and funding sources that will be required to address housing needs in five, 10, and 15 years.