FCHC Annual Report 2017

FCHC Community Engagement

Housing Commission Liaison FCHC serves as a liaison to the Falls Church Housing Commission. The role has been to provide not-for-profit private sector experience and serve in an advisory role on matters concerning the current status of affordable housing in the City. As an example, to further educate and encourage support by Falls Church City residents for more affordable housing options in the community, FCHC partnered with the local Housing Commission in publishing a multi-part series in the Falls Church News Press dedicated to making the case for quality affordable housing in the region. Summer Internship Program As we enter our fourth year of sponsoring a Housing intern for the Department of Housing and Human Services, FCHC’s partnership with the City of Falls Church is a valuable and vibrant one. We are excited to see the development of the next intern, who will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of our past participants in the program, in their displays of excellence and career development. Former interns demonstrated a strong work ethic and academic discipline, which was evident in their research. The value of having a housing intern for the City cannot be overstated and we see every reason to continue this program in the future. We are pleased to have nurtured intern talent and now employ one of our former Housing Interns, current Data and Communications Analyst for FCHC, Joshua Shokoor. In addition to managing FCHC data analysis, this past year, he authored our first commentary for the Falls Church News Press, detailing the present status of affordable rental units in the City, and proposing potential solutions to this systemic problem. Profile of FCHC in Falls Church News Press In 2017, in addition to our commentaries published in the Falls Church News Press, the paper’s editorial staff penned a profile piece on our Winter Hill community, and the history of FCHC. The piece, “Falls Church Housing Corporation Fights for Affordable Homes & Tight-Knit Communities,” documented the current lack of affordable housing options in the City of Falls Church, the burden costs have incurred on renters, and how essential it is for FCHC to provide affordable housing for our senior residents.

Joshua Shokoor, Former Housing Intern

FCHC Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report


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