Office of Housing

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 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM

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

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.  


Due to sharply increasing real estate costs and regional development pressures over the past decade, the City of Alexandria faces a severe shortage of affordable housing. Visit the Housing Master Plan page to learn about the City's affordable housing goal, tools to create and preserve affordable units, Housing for All policy, and much more! 


The Office of Housing works with many government agencies and organizations that are essential in promoting affordable housing in the City of Alexandria, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC), and The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). Visit the Housing Partners page for more information.


Are you a developer, non-profit, homebuyer, homeowner, landlord, or tenant? Not sure how to find the service or information you need? Review our Housing Service and Resource links below. 


The Office of Housing is associated with one citizen-based board and one committee, served by a total of 28 voting members. The City Council-appointed boards and committee meet monthly to discuss issues regarding the maintenance and promotion of affordable housing. To learn more about Committees and Boards, select the above link.


The Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans, and Assessment Reports for housing and community development are provided to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition of receipt of funding of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs. These as well as other housing publications and partner plans can be viewed here.


Obtain updates on new programs and initiatives related to affordable housing in Alexandria. You can also subscribe to the City’s eNews alerts to receive regular news updates about Affordable Housing Opportunities.

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421 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314