December 8, 2010
The stunning announcement by the Falls Church Housing Corporation last week to withdraw any future requests for funding support from the City of Falls Church and to redirect any efforts to achieve new affordable housing gains to projects outside the City’s limits caught everyone at F.C.’s City Halls by complete surprise.
“We have not received a single word of response” from City Hall, Carol Jackson, executive director of the Housing Corporation (FCHC) told the News-Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday.
Jackson and Dr. Steven Rogers, a long-time City resident, former Vice Mayor and Chamber of Commerce president now serving as president of the FCHC, met with the News-Press at the Starbucks by the Giant on W. Broad Tuesday afternoon. Rogers took time off from his veterinary practice across the street.
“The City has demonstrated it does not want us,” Rogers said. He referred to the most-recent developments in the FCHC’s frustrating efforts to develop new affordable housing in the City that culminated last July 29, when the City Council failed to make $2 million it had committed to a 63-unit senior affordable housing project, The Wilden, in a timely fashion to qualify for federal tax credits.
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