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 Jan 14, 2022 at 10:36 AM

Affordable and Accessible Rental Units

The Office of Housing provides housing counseling services for persons seeking affordable rental and accessible housing in the City. Please contact us at 703.746.4990 and review the resources below to learn more. To receive email alerts when affordable rental units become available, please sign up for the City’s eNews Affordable Housing Opportunities notices.


  • NEW!  The City of Alexandria announces the availability of seven affordable, auxiliary-grant funded one-bedroom assisted living units at The Landing, a continuum of care facility in Potomac Yard scheduled to open in early Spring 2022. An Auxiliary Grant provides financial assistance to help cover the cost of room, board, and assistance with activities of daily living for low-income aged, blind, and/or disabled individuals. For general information on Auxiliary Grants, including financial, physical, and residency eligibility criteria, click here. For more detailed information or to apply, please contact the City of Alexandria’s Division of Aging and Adult Services intake line at 703.746.5999. 

  • NEW! Learn about available committed affordable rental units in the City (updated January 10, 2022). To apply, please contact each property directly.
    • For affordable rental units at Southern Towers, please contact Virginia Patton at 703.746.3083.


Waitlist Open for Discounted Memory Care Units

Silverado Alexandria, a 66-bed memory care community that serves residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions, is providing two rooms (serving one individual each) and associated services (including meals, housekeeping, and help with activities of daily living) at a rate that is 40% below the market rate for the life of the project. Learn more about Silverado's affordable housing program. The City of Alexandria continues to accept applications for the waitlist.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate to Silverado that they meet the standards of the Commonwealth of Virginia for being in assisted living, as well as the facility’s criteria for entry. 
  2. Applicants must agree to comply with all prerequisites for occupancy. 
  3. Applicants must demonstrate need to the City; that they have been an Alexandria resident for at least one year prior to applying or have a family member who is closely involved, including a domestic partner, who has been an Alexandria resident for one year; and that have at least two years of available financial resources to pay all costs associated with the care at the facility at the discounted rate (this may include family support).

Interested applicants should:

  1. First visit Silverado Alexandria. To schedule a tour, please contact 703.215.9110.
  2. Obtain a letter from Silverado Alexandria certifying that they meet the state’s and Silverado’s criteria for entry. 
  3. Submit a completed application to the City of Alexandria, Office of Housing. To obtain an application, click here or contact Eric Keeler at 703.746.3085.

Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority manages the City’s Housing Choice Voucher Program. For information, please contact Janell Diaz at 703.549.7115, ext 174. 

Area Relocation Counseling 

The Office of Housing offers information, coordination and other relocation assistance to residents who are impacted by potential redevelopment or renovations of existing apartment buildings. To learn more, contact Virginia Patton at 703.746.3083.

Rental Accessibility Modification Program

The Office of Housing can provide accessibility modifications (such as walk-in bathtubs, roll-in showers, handicap ramps, etc.) to disabled income-qualified renters. 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 Kim Cadena at 703.746.3104.

VHDA Rental Unit Accessibility Modification Program

City residents may also be eligible for the Virginia Housing Rental Unit Accessibility Modification Grant Program. The Office of Housing is a designated Community Agent for Virginia Housing and can assist City renters in completing and submitting the required application. For more information, contact Kim Cadena at 703.746.3104.

Complaint Mediation

The Office of Housing provides housing-related mediation between landlords and tenants by mutual agreement. To learn more, contact Gwen Lassiter at 703.746.3086 or Goodman Okpara at 703.746.3080. For assistance in Spanish, contact Virginia Patton at 703.746.3083.

Mold in Rental Properties

To learn about disclosure requirements and tenant and landlord responsibilities, download the 2020 Guide on Mold in Rental Properties

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, read our 2021 Fair Housing Testing Report, or contact Goodman Okpara at 703.746.3080 with questions.