Welcome to the Office of Housing
The Office of Housing coordinates and administers City housing and housing-related programs and services, and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on housing policy and potential affordable housing investments. Its major divisions are Program Administration, Landlord-Tenant Relations, and Program Implementation. Although the Office of Housing works closely with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing (ARHA) on housing issues, the City and ARHA are separate entities.
A portion of the City's housing activities are funded through annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) program. The Office of Housing also works with housing programs that are funded and/or administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).
Due to sharply increasing real estate costs and regional development pressures over the past decade, the City of Alexandria faces a severe shortage of affordable housing. Visit the Housing Master Plan page to learn all about the City's 10-year goal of developing or preserving 2,000 affordable housing units through 2015, and more.
The Office of Housing works with many government agencies and organizations that are essential in promoting affordable housing in the City of Alexandria, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC), and The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). Visit the Housing Partners page for more information.
Not sure how to find the service you need? Access the Housing Service Chart and then select the link that best describes your search. Our chart lists services and resources for developers, non-profits, homebuyers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants. You can also access information on environmental resources.
The Office of Housing offers programs and services through its three major divisions: Landlord-Tenant Relations, Program Implementation, and Program Administrations. Visit this page to learn more about the resources available through each division.
The Office of Housing is associated with two citizen-based boards and a committee, served by a total of 34 citizens. The City Council-appointed boards and committee meet monthly to discuss issues regarding the maintenance and promotion of affordable housing. To learn more about Committees and Boards, select the above link.
The Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans, and Assessment Reports for housing and community development are provided to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition of receipt of funding of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs. These as well as other affordable housing reports, maps, and presentations, can be viewed here.
Obtain updates on new programs and initiatives related to affordable housing in Alexandria. You can also subscribe to the City’s eNews alerts to receive regular news updates about Affordable Housing Opportunities.