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 May 10, 2018 at 11:05 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. To learn more, please contact us 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 general information on affordable rental housing options in the City, download the 2018 Assisted Housing List
    • To learn about current available affordable rental units, click here
      • To learn about affordable units available at St. James Plaza, click here. NEW! 2 ADA-compliant studios and 2 ADA-compliant two-bedroom units are available. The waitlist for the remaining units is closed.
      • To learn about affordable studios available at Southern Towers, click here.
  • NEW! To compare apartment properties with ten or more units, download the City's 2018 Apartment Survey.
  • To search for affordable and accessible rental housing across the State of Virginia, click here.

Two Discounted Memory Care Units Available in June

Silverado Alexandria, a three-story memory care community designed to serve 66 residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions, is opening in June 2018. The community, located at 2807 King Street, 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. (To learn more about Silverado's affordable housing program, click here.) The City of Alexandria is now accepting applications for these units.

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 Katie Hilburn at 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 703-746-4990.

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 Caridad Palerm at caridad.palerm@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3079.


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 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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