Renter Resources

The Office of Housing provides a range of services to renters in partnership with the Department of Community and Human Services and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Page updated on Sep 19, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Affordable and Accessible Rental Units

The Office of Housing provides housing counseling services for persons seeking affordable rental and accessible housing in the City. To learn more, contact Vicente Espinoza, Caridad Palerm, or Goodman Okpara at 703-746-4990. To receive email alerts when affordable rental units become available, please sign up for the City’s eNews Affordable Housing Opportunities notices.

  • For information on affordable rental housing options in the City, download the 2017 Assisted Housing List
  • NEW! To learn about affordable studio and one-bedroom units available now at Southern Towers, click here.
  • To search for affordable and accessible rental housing across the State of Virginia, click here.
  • NEW! To compare apartment properties with ten or more units, download the City's 2017 Apartment Survey.

Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority manages the City’s Housing Choice Voucher Program. For information, please contact Cindy Thompson at 703-549-7115.

Beauregard Area Relocation Counseling 

The Office of Housing offers information, coordination and other relocation assistance to residents of the Beauregard Area who are impacted by the potential redevelopment of existing garden apartment buildings. To learn more, contact Caridad Palerm at caridad.palerm@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3079.

Rental Accessibility Modification Program

This program provides technical assistance and grants up to $50,000 to assist low- and moderate-income renters (meeting the Tier 1 HUD Income Limits) with physical disabilities complete accessibility modifications to their primary residences. The program also provides "mini-grants" of up to $1,500 to assist renters needing limited modifications. Landlords are encouraged to make funded modifications permanent.  To learn more, download our RAMP Brochure here or contact Brandi Collins at brandi.collins@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3084.

VHDA Rental Unit Accessibility Modification Program

City residents may also be eligible for the VHDA Rental Unit Accessibility Modification Grant Program. The Office of Housing is a designated Community Agent for VHDA and can assist City renters in completing and submitting the required application. For more information, contact Brandi Collins at brandi.collins@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3084.

Complaint Mediation

The Office of Housing provides housing-related mediation between landlords and tenants by mutual agreement. To learn more, contact Gwen Lassiter at gwen.lassiter@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-4990.

Eviction Services

The Department of Community and Human Services runs the Eviction Storage program which provides furniture storage and emergency shelter referrals for eligible low-income households facing immediate eviction. To learn more, contact DCHS at 703-746-5700.

Fair Housing

To identify problems and promote compliance with fair housing laws, the Office of Housing conducts fair housing testing to determine the presence of discrimination in the rental and sales housing markets and in mortgage lending. To learn more, contact Goodman Okpara at goodman.okpara@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-4990.

  • To read our 2016 report on the City’s Fair Housing Testing Program, click here.
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