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!
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:
Free Classes for First Time Homebuyers
Thinking about buying your first home? Rebuilding Together Alexandria is hosting a free training class 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.
For more information or to register for an upcoming class, contact Kyle Corcoran with Rebuilding Together Alexandria at 703.836.1021
Draft FY 2015 Action Plan Release Includes Opportunity for Public Comment
Each year the Office of Housing updates its Action Plan for submission to HUD. The draft Plan has been posted to Housing’s website and staff welcomes comments from the community from Monday, March 24, 2014 through Tuesday, April 22, 2014. In addition, City Council will conduct a public hearing on the Plan as part of its meeting on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Copies of the draft Plan can be picked up at the Office of Housing or can be reviewed at the following City libraries: Beatley Central (5005 Duke St.), Barrett (717 Queen St.), Burke (4701 Seminary Rd.), and Duncan (2501 Commonwealth Ave.). If a copy of the Plan is needed in another format, please contact our office.
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!
Set Aside Unit Available for Purchase
The Office of Housing is assisting with the marketing of an affordable unit at this time. The home is located at 3466 Martha Custis Drive in Parkfairfax (1 bed, 1 bath unit). This Restricted Resale Homeownership Unit has a discounted purchase price and special eligibility requirements. The purchaser must live or work in the City of Alexandria, be a first-time homebuyer (no ownership interest in residential real estate during the most recent three year period), and must have an annual household income within or below the guidelines shown here:
1 person - $74,900
2 people - $85,600
The purchaser may be eligible for up to $50,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance through the City of Alexandria. Additional details about the property may be viewed in the attached listing.
For questions related to eligibility and purchase/resale restrictions, please contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990.
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 and Fairfax Counties 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.
Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), classes are 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
Groundbreaking for Jackson's Crossing
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.
AHDC Will Begin Renovation of Arbelo and Longview Terrace Apartments in April
The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) will begin renovating the Arbelo (Bashford Lane) and Longview Terrace (Seay Street) Apartments in April 2014. All 75 units at these garden-style properties will be substantially rehabilitated at a total cost of more than $65,000 per unit, and the renovated units will be ready for occupancy by early fall.
The scope of work is planned to 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 RTA's training program for first time homebuyers - these monthly classes are being offered by RTA 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 about upcoming training classes by contacting RTA at 703.836.1021 or 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