Fairfax County’s public housing waitlist opens

For the first time in a decade Fairfax County’s RAD housing waitlist is accepting new names.

Reston RAD housing

Reston RAD housing

RAD is the county’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Project – once known as public housing.The program has more than 1,000 condos, garden apartments and townhouses throughout the county. It generally serves households with incomes up to 50% of median income. Tenants pay 30% of their income for rent. The average income of tenant households is about $21,694.

The waitlist for this program opened Tuesday, July 10 and will close on Monday, July 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Applying for RAD housing

To apply, register on the online portal and submit a pre-application for housing.  No matter when you apply during that two week time period, you have an equal opportunity of being placed on the waitlist. This pre-application can only be submitted electronically.

Before beginning the pre-application process, you will need a valid e-mail address and the following information for the head of household and co-head of household:

  • complete name
  • relationship to the head of the household
  • date of birth, and
  • amount of income from all sources.

The online pre-application is designed to be simple and fast – most people finish it in less than 15 minutes. Click here to apply.

Selection for the wait list is random

After the application period ends if there are more applicants than available slots on the waitlist a computer-generated random selection will be run to determine who is placed on the waitlist. All applicants will be notified whether they have been selected to the waitlist or not

Fairfax County housing officials say your income will not be used to determine if you will be placed on the waitlist or not. If you are selected for the waitlist, your eligibility for RAD will be determioned once you reach the top of the list.

If you need help applying call 703-246-5100 from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to talk to staff who can answer your questions.




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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.