Home Buyer Training
Classes Now Available
The City of Alexandria is now
offering monthly pre-purchase homebuyer training classes. The class leads
to a certificate of completion from the Virginia Housing Development Authority
(VHDA) giving first-time homebuyers access to VHDA’s below market interest
rates. The class is also a requirement for households purchasing a home
using City of Alexandria home purchase assistance loans. For more information
about VHDA’s homebuyer training program, click
The next class will be
December 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Charles Housing Recreation
Center, 905 Wythe Street in Alexandria. For more information or to register,
contact Oscar Bermudez at 202.667.7006, ext. 230 or email email@example.com.
Two Affordable Homeownership Units Now Available
The City of Alexandria Office of Housing is currently assisting with the
marketing of two affordable set-aside resale units. The first home is a
restricted resale unit at The Exchange at Van Dorn, 4870 Eisenhower Avenue,
#104. This unit is available to first-time homebuyers who live or work within
the City of Alexandria and who have had no ownership interest in real property
for the past three years. The property is a two bedroom, two bath unit
with a discounted purchase price and special purchase and resale requirements.
The listing agent for this property is Neil Evans with Keller Williams Realty®
571.643.3025 (cell). Click
here for the complete listing.
The second is a Workforce Affordable Homeownership unit at 3911 Old Dominion
Boulevard in Alexandria Crossing is available. This unit was constructed in
2010 and is being sold at $299,900. This price reflects an 11% discount below
the property's appraised value. This is a two-bedroom, one bath unit with
1,024 square feet and a low monthly condo fee of $154. Click
here for the complete listing.
Note that this unit is available to households with incomes up to 120% of
the area median income ($115,560 for a three person household). However, City
purchase assistance is not available to households with incomes between 100%
and 120% of the area median income.
General Eligiblity Information:
Households with incomes below 100% of area median income ($96,300 for a three
person household) may be eligible for downpayment and closing cost assistance
based on income and household size. Please see the attached income
guidelines for detailed eligibility information.
For additional information, please call the Office
of Housing at 703.746.4990
2014 Mailer Tracking Affordable Homeownership Occupancy Can be Completed ONLINE!
As a recipient of loan funds provided through the City’s Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP), Moderate Income Homeownership Program (MIHP) and/or the Home Rehabilitation Loan Program (HRLP), you must continue to own and occupy the assisted property as your principal residence. In addition, the City must be identified as a mortgagee on your homeowners’ insurance declaration statement.
Click here to complete your Certification of Residency!
NVAHA Releases Report on Affordable Housing and Public Land
The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) recently released its report "Leveraging Public Land for Affordable Housing in Northern Virginia: A Primer." The report features the Station at Potomac Yard as an example of how public land and co-location of uses can serve to increase the supply of affordable housing. Click here to read the complete report or visit NVAHA's webpage.
Rooftop Roots Grows Produce to Benefit Participants in ALIVE’s Food Pantry Program
AHDC is repeating its successful collaboration with nonprofit Rooftop Roots to grow produce to benefit participants in ALIVE’s Alexandria food pantry program. On April 12, volunteers from Rooftop Roots were joined by residents of The Station at Potomac Yard in installing and planting a container garden including six types of spring lettuces and some squash. These photos were taken after the containers were set up on the second floor residential terrace which is located above the vehicle bays of Fire Station 209. In the summer, assorted varieties of peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and basil will be planted. At another urban garden location, Rooftop Roots plants and harvests okra, beets, carrots, onions, snap beans and radishes for ALIVE!
With guidance from Rooftop Roots, the plants are maintained and harvested throughout the spring and summer seasons by Station residents. Produce is donated to the food pantry each week. In 2013, more than 125 pounds of fresh produce was made available to ALIVE! to supplement canned and non-perishable foods. Station residents were eager to help their neighbors in need again through the popular gardening initiative. This year’s goal is 500 pounds.
For more information about the program’s sponsors, please see these websites:
Northern Virginia Housing Expo
Sponsored by the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and the Town of Herndon, as well as the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the Northern Virginia Housing Expo was held for the fourth consecutive year, offering valuable resources for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home.
The annual Expo is free and open to the public.
The 2014 Expo was held on Saturday, March 29th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. For more information about the event, please see the Expo website.
Update: See how the 2014 Regional Housing Expo provided attendees with insight on finding a home!
Essentials of Community Association Leadership
Want to learn more about your community association or becoming a board member of your condominium association? The City of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties, in partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, will host an "Essentials of Community Association Leadership" class on November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street in Alexandria. The class is an in-depth, nationally-recognized training program to educate new board members, homeowners, new managers and other professionals about community association volunteer leadership.
Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the class will be presented at no cost to participants. This class is a part of a series of workshops on condominium ownership sponsored with the support of VHDA.
For more information about upcoming workshops or to register, contact Shane Cochran at 703.746.4990 or Doug Myrick at 703.228.3786
Jackson's Crossing Under Construction
On Saturday, February 22nd, City Council joined AHC, Inc. in breaking ground for Jackson’s Crossing, the organization’s first housing development in Alexandria. The project, which is located at the corner of Jefferson Davis Highway/Route 1 and East Reed Avenue will provide 78 units of affordable rental units when it is completed in late Summer 2015. AHC will also provide educational programming for pre-K and school aged children in a first floor community space.
To facilitate the project, the City contributed one of the parcels necessary to complete AHC’s land assemblage and also provided a loan of $2.5 million toward the total development cost of $25 million. AHC owns and operates more than 5,000 affordable apartments throughout the region.
Click Here for construction Camera
AHDC Renovated Arbelo and Longview Terrace Apartments in 2014
The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) renovated the Arbelo (Bashford Lane) and Longview Terrace (Seay Street) Apartments in 2014. All 75 units at these garden-style properties were substantially rehabilitated at a total cost of more than $65,000 per unit.
The scope of work included improve livability for residents, as well as increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. The City initially provided loans to RPJ Housing to acquire and preserve these properties, as well as Lacy Court Apartments (Commonwealth Avenue) in 2006 - 2007. AHDC bought the properties from RPJ in 2011 in order to permanently refinance and renovate the properties. Lacy Court is now scheduled to be renovated in 2016. In exchange for the City’s ongoing support, AHDC has agreed to keep rents at all three properties affordable for at least 40 more years.
Office of Housing Welcomes Beauregard Relocation Coordinator
As part of the ongoing implementation of the Beauregard Small Area Plan (BSAP), the Office of Housing has hired a Relocation Coordinator to assist residents impacted by the proposed future redevelopment. Cari Palermo, who recently completed the relocation of tenants in the Buckingham Village redevelopment in Arlington County, will help coordinate relocation resources and manage the waiting list for committed affordable units.
In April, in cooperation with area landlords, the City will send a preliminary questionnaire to Beauregard residents so that current households can be prioritized for assistance pursuant to City Council’s directive that those residing in the BSAP at the time the Plan was adopted receive the greatest consideration.
A Resource for First Time Homebuyers
The City and Rebuilding Together Alexandria (RTA) have partnered to offer an exciting new program to assist low-and moderate-income households become first time homebuyers. Modeled on the highly successful Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), RTA 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, RTA 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 a Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) training program for first time homebuyers - these classes are offered throughout the region at no cost. 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; and
- 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; and
- Applicants’ net worth must be within the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) limits.
Interested buyers can get more information by signing up for eNews alerts here (Affordable Housing Opportunities subscription). Click here for information on current income eligibility limits and other requirements for program participants.
2013 Communications Action Network (CAN) Parade of Homes
On May 18, 2013 the Communications Action Network (CAN) hosted the first CAN Parade of Homes, featuring 17 communities throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. Representing the City of Alexandria was AHDC’s property, The Station at Potomac Yard, which showcased a particularly creative mix of land uses, including a new fire station, retail space, and 64 units of much needed affordable and workforce affordable housing, all within the same new structure.
On May 6, 2013, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille presented a proclamation to Daniel R. Abramson, President of AHDC, 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
Notabene Drive Project Wins Award
The City and the non-profit Community Lodgings, Inc. (CLI) have been selected for the Audrey Nelson Award by the National Community Development Association (NCDA). The award 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.
City of Alexandria Receives Community Homeownership Revitalization Program Funding
The City has been awarded $750,000 in funding through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) 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 (ARHA) Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program and who are purchasing homes within one of the City’s three designated Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) target areas. The funds are expected to serve a total of five households.
For more information on loan programs and training offered by VHDA, visit www.vhda.com