Office of Housing

The Office of Housing coordinates and administers housing-related programs and services and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on housing policy and affordable housing investments. We work closely with city and nonprofit partners, including the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, to implement the Housing Master Plan's Housing for All policy and goal of creating new affordability in 2,000 units by 2025.

Page updated on Nov 16, 2021 at 9:13 AM

City Receives 2021 ULI Larson Award

The City of Alexandria was honored last week by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) with its Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. The Larson Award recognizes “exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of workforce and affordable housing.” In selecting Alexandria, ULI acknowledged the City’s residential multifamily (RMF) zone as an effective tool to incentivize the production or preservation of deeply affordable housing in exchange for the provision of density. 

Karl and Helen Receiving Award
Planning Director Karl Moritz and Housing Director Helen McIlvaine accepting the award
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South Patrick Housing Affordability Project

2021 Virtual Northern Virginia Housing Expo

2021 NOVA Housing Expo 313x313 The City of Alexandria invites anyone looking for resources and information related to affordable housing in Northern Virginia to join the virtual 2021 Northern Virginia Housing Expo beginning January 1, 2021. The free, online public event will be hosted at and will be available for the entire year. The expo will feature monthly workshops and exhibits designed to educate participants about COVID-19-related housing assistance, location options, being prepared for buying or renting, understanding and improving credit scores, improving energy efficiency and more. The virtual expo will also offer confidential individual financial counseling and provide a 24-hour Exhibitor Hall featuring lenders, property management companies, developers, contractors, real estate agents, service providers, local jurisdictions and more.

Eviction Prevention and Housing Resources in Response to COVID-19

  • Alexandria Eviction Prevention staff are available in-person for immediate assistance every Thursday from 10-12 p.m. at Casa Chirilagua, located at 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue. Please call 571.351.3272 or email if you have questions! 
  • On August 26, 2021, the US Supreme Court invalidated the federal eviction moratorium which had previously halted evictions through October 3, 2021 in locations where there have been surges in COVID-19 and increases in cases of the Delta variant. The eviction moratorium has been lifted across the country, including the City of Alexandria, as of August 27, 2021. 

  • On July 28, 2021, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that tenants of multifamily properties with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) who are subject to eviction for nonpayment of rent must be given 30 days’ notice to vacate before the tenant can be required to leave the unit. This requirement applies to all Enterprise-backed multifamily properties, regardless of whether the loan is in forbearance. A list of properties in Alexandria covered by this provision can be found at this  link.


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    Welcome to the Office of Housing 

    We provide a range of services to homeowners, renters, homebuyers, landlords and property managers and collaborate with development partners to preserve and create affordable and accessible housing options across the City of Alexandria. Please download our 2021 Housing Resource Guide (as well as guides in Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic), visit our resource links, and check out what's new!  Learn about our mission, vision, and values

    For information about public housing and the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher Program, please contact the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

    A portion of the City's housing activities are funded through annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's CDBG and HOME programs. The Office of Housing also works with programs funded and/or administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Virginia Housing.

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