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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.

Page updated on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Welcome to the Office of Housing

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).

City Recognizes April as Fair Housing Month

In recognition of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in 1968, the month of April has been declared Fair Housing Month. The Office of Housing is sponsoring a number of  activities promoting the understanding of fair housing. These include:

  • A training for condominium communities and homeowners associations on how to comply with the federal Fair Housing Act and Virginia’s Fair Housing Law. Click here to learn more.
  • A fair housing poster contest for Beauregard-area elementary school students. Click here to learn more.
  • An apartment managers’ seminar to provide Virginia fair housing certification for property managers. To register, contact Juanita Norwood at 703-746-4990 or juanita.norwood@alexandriava.gov

The Office of Housing conducts fair housing testing in different segments of Alexandria’s housing market to determine the potential presence of discriminatory sales, leasing and/or lending practices. To learn more, please read about our Fair Housing Testing Program. Staff also provide training on federal, state and local fair housing laws to real estate and property management companies upon request.