Sep 22

John E. Hall is Loudoun County’s New Director of Housing and Community Development

Posted on September 22, 2022 at 12:09 PM by Nancy McCormick

John E. Hall has been selected as the new director of the Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Hall was selected after a nationwide recruitment. His appointment is effective October 13, 2022.

Hall has more than 20 years of professional experience in housing and community development, most recently in the city of Spokane, Washington, where he served as director of the  Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services Division. His previous experience includes serving as executive director of the Indianapolis Housing Agency; executive director of the Wichita, Kansas, Housing Authority; director of the Wichita Housing and Community Services Department; a field director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development.

As director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Hall will oversee a recently created department that supports the community in obtaining safe and affordable housing. Prior to being established as an independent department, affordable housing programs and services were administered through the Office of Housing within the Office of the County Administrator.  

“We had a very competitive pool of applicants for this important position and John’s vast experience and knowledge in this sector will help Loudoun continue to make advancements in the areas of housing and community development, which is a key strategic initiative of the Board of Supervisors,” Hemstreet said. “I believe he has the right skill set and track record to lead this county department and help it achieve its mission to create more attainable, affordable housing opportunities in Loudoun.”

Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.  

Hall fills the vacancy left by Sarah Coyle Etro when she retired in August 2022. Etro served as acting director of the new department when it was created in April 2022 and Michelle Winter has served as interim acting director since Etro’s retirement.

More information about the Department of Housing and Community Development is online at loudoun.gov/housing.

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Sep 21

Community Development Block Grant Process is Underway in Loudoun

Posted on September 21, 2022 at 12:59 PM by Nancy McCormick

Loudoun County has opened the application process for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program provides funding on an annual basis for local projects that address a variety of housing, public service and community development needs. 

Eligible applicants for CDBG funds include local nonprofit organizations and local government entities in Loudoun County or those serving Loudoun County residents. Proposed projects should address the goals of the CDBG program which include providing affordable housing opportunities, revitalizing neighborhoods, renovating substandard housing, providing public services and expanding economic development opportunities, primarily for persons of low- and moderate- income households.

Virtual Pre-Application Meetings: Through October 7

Organizations interested in applying for CDBG funding are encouraged to request a pre-application meeting with the CDBG Program Manager. Virtual pre-application meetings can be scheduled now through Friday, October 7, 2022, by contacting CDBG Program Manager Eileen Barnhard by email or 703-737-8971. 

Application Release: October 11

The Loudoun County CDBG competitive applications will be available on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Application packets will be available online at loudoun.gov/CDBG or by contacting CDBG Program Manager Eileen Barnhard by email or 703-737-8971. 

Public Hearing on Housing and Community Development Needs: October 12

As part of the CDBG process, the Loudoun County Housing Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing at 400 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2022, to gather input on addressing housing and community development needs. The public hearing will be held at the Department of Housing and Community Development, 106 Catoctin Circle SE in Leesburg in the Olmstead Room on the first floor. Those interested in speaking during the public hearing are encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting CDBG Program Manager Eileen Barnhard by email or 703-737-8971. The public may also choose to attend virtually. Details on how to participate can be found on the Loudoun County government meetings online calendar.

Application Deadline: November 16

Applications for the Loudoun County CDBG program must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.  

More Information

Anyone who requires a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability or who needs language assistance to participate in the CDBG process should contact CDBG Program Manager Eileen Barnhard by email or 703-737-8971.

More information about the program is available at loudoun.gov/CDBG.

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Jun 02

June is Homeownership Month: Loudoun Offers Educational Workshops

Posted on June 2, 2022 at 2:34 PM by Nancy McCormick

During June — Homeownership Month — the Loudoun County Department of Housing & Community Development and its community partners will host three virtual events at no cost for people interested in learning more about owning a home in Loudoun County. 

These workshops will provide information on Loudoun County homebuyer programs, financial literacy and a general housing market update. 

  • Overview of Loudoun County Homebuyer Programs: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
    • Join staff from the Loudoun County Department of Housing & Community Development and Loudoun Habitat for Humanity to learn about the eligibility requirements and process to apply for the Affordable Dwelling Unit purchase program, the county’s down payment and closing cost assistance programs and Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program.
  • Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Literacy for Homeowners: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    • Join housing counselors, certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, from local nonprofit organizations, including Cornerstones, Latino Economic Development Center and Northern Virginia Family Service, for tips to increase your financial literacy as a homeowner and learn strategies for avoiding foreclosure.
  • Loudoun County Housing Market Update: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
    • Join representatives from the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® for a report on the Loudoun housing market. 

Registration is required for the workshops. For detailed information about each event and to register, and for more information about Loudoun County’s housing programs, visit loudoun.gov/housing.

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