Welcome to the Office of Housing
Coming March 29! The Northern Virginia Housing Expo 2014
Free and open to the public, this annual event is hosted by the AHOME Foundation in conjunction with the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties, the Town of Herndon and VHDA. It is designed to inform and equip renters and new homeowners looking for Northern Virginia housing options.
It will be hosted this year by Fairfax County at Springfield's Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10AM - 3PM. Please click here for additional information.
Free Classes for First Time Homebuyers
Thinking about buying your first home? Union Mortgage Group and Rebuilding Together Alexandria are hosting free training classes for first-time homebuyers. The class offers an introductory but comprehensive overview of a host of issues related to the homebuying process including:
- understanding your credit report and other personal finance issues,
- working with a lender and realtor,
- home inspections and maintenance issues.
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Union Mortgage Group located at 7619 Little River Turnpike, Suite 400, Annandale, Virginia 22003
Advance registration is required for these classes. For more information or to register, contact Vivian Garcete at 571.722.5155
When: Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Where: Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center located at 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Advance registration is required for these classes. For more information or to register, contact Kyle Corcoran at 703.836.1021 or email at email@example.com
All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift.
Fair Housing Training for Property Managers and Realtors
The Office of Housing and Landlord Tenant Relations Board are pleased to offer a free training opportunity to for property management and real estate professionals in the City of Alexandria. Please click here for additional information.
Taught by the Virginia Fair Housing Office, the training provides continuing education credits to real estate licensees and certification credits to property management professionals and is offered free of charge.
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10AM to 1PM
Where: Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, Alexandria, VA 22314
Please register by calling (703) 746-4990 by March 18, 2013
Housing Master Plan Approved
On December 14, 2013 the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the City’s first Housing Master Plan, setting a 10-year goal of developing or preserving 2,000 affordable housing units beginning in 2015. The Housing Master Plan approval represents the conclusion of a multi-year public planning process of developing the Plan to guide the City’s housing development and preservation efforts. For more information on the Housing Master Plan, click here.
Introducing a New Resource for First Time Homebuyers
The City of Alexandria and Rebuilding Together Alexandria have partnered to offer an exciting new program to assist low and moderate income first time homebuyers.
Modeled on the highly successful Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Rebuilding Together will purchase foreclosed or short sale properties, renovate them, and sell them to income eligible, qualifying homebuyers. By leveraging volunteer labor and funds through existing City home purchase programs, Rebuilding Together will be able to help 20-25 families buy homes across the City over the next few years.
To begin the process of qualifying to purchase a home through the program, participants must complete Rebuilding Together’s training program for first time homebuyers.
These monthly classes are being offered by Rebuilding Together at no cost to the participant. Acquired properties will be marketed, in order of priority, to:
- residents of assisted housing who are financially prepared to transition to homeownership
- other eligible low-income City residents and workers
- moderate-income City residents and workers.
Other eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Applicants must not currently own a home or have an ownership interest in other real property.
- Applicants must have lived or worked within the corporate limits of the City of Alexandria for at least the most recent six months prior to application.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or possess a valid work permit and a Social Security card.
- Applicants’ net worth must be within the Virginia Housing Development Authority limits.
Please call Rebuilding Together at 703.836.1021 to register. You can also receive updates by joining the online eNews at www.alexandriava.gov/enews (Affordable Housing Opportunities subscription). Click here for information on current income eligibility limits.
Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics
Housing Counseling Services (HCS) is now holding bi-weekly Foreclosure Prevention Clinics in Alexandria. The clinics will be held at the Office of Housing, 421 King Street, Suite 200 in Alexandria. The sessions will begin at noon and will offer both group and individual counseling sessions to assist homeowners who are experiencing financial difficulties.
These sessions are offered at no cost to participants and are open to all area residents. To confirm attendance, please call Darren Snell at HCS at 202.667.7967.
Understanding Condominium Living
Condominiums are a critical source of affordable homeownership housing in the City but many people have a limited understanding of how a condo community works, how monthly fees are used, or how residents participate in the management of a community. The City and Arlington County are presenting a series of workshops on condominium ownership and community association leadership in hopes of educating condo residents or potential purchasers on their rights and responsibilities.
The next workshop will be held in Spring 2014. Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority, classes are presented at no cost to participants. For additional details or to register for the next class, contact: Shane Cochran, 703.746.4990; firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Myrick, 703.228.3786; email@example.com. This class is a part of a series of workshops on condominium ownership sponsored by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County with the support of the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).
2013 Communications Action Network (CAN) Parade of Homes
On May 18th, 2013 the Communications Action Network (CAN) hosted the first ever CAN Parade of Homes, featuring 17 communities throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. Representing the City of Alexandria in the Parade of Homes was the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation’s property, The Station at Potomac Yard, which showcases a particularly creative mix of land uses, providing a new fire station, retail, and much needed affordable and workforce affordable housing within the same new structure.
On May 6, 2013, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille presented a proclamation to Daniel K. Abramson, President of the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, and to CAN representatives Michelle Krocker, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) and Heather Raspberry, Executive Director of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). The proclamation recognizes CAN’s work in promoting awareness of the value that housing affordability brings to families, communities and employers and highlights the fact that today’s affordable housing is well built, well maintained and is designed to fit into the fabric of existing communities. CAN’s Parade of Homes will provide an opportunity for the public and the media to visit affordable housing developments throughout the region. For a complete list of properties participating in the Parade of Homes or to learn more about CAN, visit the webpage at www.caninitiative.org
FY2014 Draft Action Plan
The City of Alexandria's Draft One-Year Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for the period July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 is available for comment through Friday, April 26, 2013. Persons wishing to comment on the Draft Action Plan may do so either in writing and/or by providing testimony at a public hearing to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in the City Council Chambers. The Action Plan describes actions to be taken during City FY 2014 to meet housing and community development needs identified in the City's FY 2011-2015 Consolidated Plan. This document also serves as the City's application to HUD for an estimated $678,236 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and an estimated $373,796 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program monies for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013.
Notabene Drive Project Wins Award
The City and the nonprofit Community Lodgings, Inc. (CLI) have been selected for the Audrey Nelson Award by the National Community Development Association (NCDA). The award, presented on February 1, 2013, recognizes the City for its support to CLI in partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia and Pulte Homes to renovate a 10-unit apartment building which provides housing for homeless low income families. The renovation will enable CLI to continue to serve ten homeless families in modern, energy efficient, safe and stable housing. The project is valued at over $900,000 with a scope that included a complete gut of the building down to the structure and rebuild with new kitchens; bathrooms; flooring; windows; doors; HVAC; and roofing. The actual cash investment is about $550,000 from federal HOME funds, local match, and a grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation.
Draft Housing Master Plan
The Draft Housing Master Plan, released in November 2012, is intended to guide future development and preservation of affordable housing opportunities, community diversity, and economic sustainability in Alexandria. In developing the Plan, the City held a series of 15 public meetings; a bus tour of the City’s affordable housing stock; and an allocation exercise that gave residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to consider future housing needs and locations. Two town hall meetings were held, the first on January 24 and the second on February 11, 2013, to receive public comments on the plan.
Click here to learn more about the Draft Housing Master Plan. For more information, call 703.746.4990.
Beauregard Small Area Plan Adopted, Results of Bearegard Tenant Survey Available
Click here to learn more about the Beauregard Plan. Results of the Beauregard Tenant Survey are available in both English and Spanish.
City of Alexandria Receives Community Homeownership Revitalization Program Funding
The City of Alexandria has been awarded $750,000 in funding through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Community Homeownership Revitalization Program (CHRP). This resource will provide reduced rate mortgage financing for lower-income, first-time homebuyers participating in the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program and who are purchasing homes within one of the City’s three designated Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) target areas. While rates will vary, the CHRP loan rates for a 30 year mortgage have been as low as 2.5%. The funds are expected to serve a total of five households.
For more information on loan programs and training offered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority, visit www.vhda.com
Office of Housing Named as Virginia Housing Development Authority Community Agent
The City’s Office of Housing has been designated as a Community Agent for the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Rental Unit Modification Program. This program, which offers up to $2,000 in grant funds to assist low- and moderate income renters in modifying their homes to improve accessibility, requires that applications for assistance be submitted by a designated Community Agent.
The Rental Unit Modification Program may be used in concert with the existing Mini-Grant Program administered by the City. In addition to these programs, the City also offers a Rental Accessibility Modification Program, which provides grants of up to $50,000 for a variety of larger-scale accessibility improvements. City residents interested in learning more about resources for accessibility improvements for both renters and homeowners should contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990. Residents may also use Access Virginia, an online housing registry designed to help Virginians with disabilities find accessible, affordable apartments and learn about accessibility requirements.
Website: Access Virginia
Foreclosure Assistance Resources
On August 14, 2012, the City of Alexandria and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted a Housing Roundtable on Helping Responsible Homeowners which featured lenders, housing counselors and other stakeholders discussing the refinancing process, recent changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP2), and other opportunities to help homeowners reduce their monthly housing costs by taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates. To watch the video of the Roundtable, click here. To download a copy of HUD's new 2012 Mortgage Assistance Guide, click here.
Online Rental Search
Virginia Housing Search
City of Alexandria's Green Building Resource Center
Learn more about resources to help renters and homeowners to save money by going green! The Green Building Resource Center is an online clearinghouse that provides technical guidance and information about Eco-City Alexandria initiatives.
About the Office of Housing
The Office of Housing (703-746-4990, TTY 703-838-5056, fax 703-706-3904) coordinates and administers City housing and housing-related programs and services, and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on housing policy for the City. Its major divisions are Program Administration, Landlord-Tenant Relations and Program Implementation, all of which are located at 421 King Street, Suite 200. The Office of Housing also works closely with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) on housing issues.
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 which are funded and/or administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).
For information on Office of Housing programs, click here.