Developer Resources

The Office of Housing partners with non-profit and private developers to structure and finance affordable housing projects and works closely with City departments to review development proposals and affordable housing contributions, including affordable set-aside units and/or voluntary monetary contributions to the Housing Trust Fund.

Page updated on Apr 15, 2021 at 3:05 PM

Affordable Housing Procedures and Guidelines

  • Download the 2019 Procedures Regarding Affordable Housing Contributions to learn about opportunities to contribute to the City’s Housing Trust Fund and/or provide affordable housing units. To learn more, contact Tamara Jovovic at or 703-746-3097.
    • NEW! Updated Procedures will be posted in Spring 2021 to reflect amendments approved by City Council on December 12, 2020 and January 26, 2021 specific to projects seeking density in excess of density envisioned by an underlying small area plan; senior housing projects; and office to residential conversions. 2021 housing contribution rates are now available.
    • Learn about the impact of the Housing Trust Fund

Affordable Housing Financing

Zoning Tools

  • Section 7-700 of the Zoning Ordinance grants bonus density and height in exchange for affordable housing. To learn more, download Section 7-700 here or contact Tamara Jovovic at or 703-746-3097.
  • Section 8-200 of the Zoning Ordinance grants optional parking reductions for affordable housing projects. To learn more, download Section 8-200 here or contact Tamara Jovovic at or 703-746-3097.
  • On February 23, 2019, the City Council approved Text Amendment #2018-0013 to the Zoning Ordinance to create a new Residential Multifamily zone which provides land areas for multifamily residential development with limited neighborhood serving commercial uses and allows increased floor area in exchange for the provision of affordable housing. To learn more, click here or contact Tamara Jovovic, at or 703-746-3097.

Income and Rent Limits

Environmental Assessment Guidelines