Fauquier Housing Corporation was founded in 1970 by Maximilian Tufts Sr., Roland Tapscott and John Wayland in direct response to the growing need for affordable housing in their community.
Fauquier Housing was established at a time when 1 in 5 occupied units in Fauquier County lacked some or all plumbing facilities. Some of the first projects Fauquier Housing completed involved providing community wells in neighborhoods that previously had no or poor access to running water.
In 1971 the organization issued a report titled “Where Poverty Lives” and concluded: “Fauquier County doesn’t have the worst housing condition in the state of Virginia or in the nation. Its problems, however, are representative of the housing crisis that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and strikes hardest at the lower income families that do not share in the economic wealth and political power of the area of the country they live in.”
In 1990, Fauquier Housing Corporation extended its services beyond Fauquier County when it incorporated Rapidan Better Housing as its sister organization. Rapidan Better Housing is located in Madison County and services Orange, Culpeper, Page, Madison and Rappahannock counties.