Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

What's New!

  • Rebuilding Together Alexandria Awarded Grant
  • Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards
  • Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers
  • Fall Condo and Community Association Training

Click here for additional updates! 


Rebuilding Together Alexandria Awarded Grant

Rebuilding Together Alexandria (RTA), a City-grantee and critical housing partner, was recently awarded a $500,000 Project Reinvest Grant from NeighborWorks America to implement revitalization projects in the Hume Springs and Lynhaven neighborhoods. Over the next 18 months, RTA will complete free repairs at up to 20 homes, make physical improvements at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, convert open space to a multi-generational park, and build a community garden. RTA was one of 55 applicants from across the country to be selected for this grant funding.

RTA has worked closely with the City since 2001 on its annual National Rebuilding Day and the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. In partnership with RTA, the City has supported 200 home improvement projects and acquired, renovated, and resold 33 distressed units facing foreclosure to moderate-income first-time homebuyers.   

Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards

  • The Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a landlord of residential property in the City, due to an expired term. The Committee typically meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. To learn about how to apply or for more information, click here.
  • The Landlord-Tenant Relations Board has two vacancies: one vacancy for a landlord or representative of a landlord, due to a resignation; and one vacancy for a low-income tenant representative, due to an administrative action (term limit.) The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. To learn about how to apply or for more information, click here.  

Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers

Multiple studio and 1-bedroom units available now at Southern Towers Apartments (located at 4901 Seminary Road)! Units rents are guaranteed to remain affordable at 55-60% of the area median income for 10 years.

Size   Rent  Maximum Occupancy  Maximum Income
 Efficiency  $1,062 (with utilities)   3 1-person household—$42,515
2-person household—$48,565
3-person household—$54,615
 1-Bedroom  $1,241 (with utilities)   3 1-person household—$46,380
2-person household—$52,980
3-person household—$59,580

Fees: $65 application fee; $300 move-in fee; $10/month trash fee; and $12/month tenant insurance. Deposit: $0-400 depending on credit report. For more information, contact Caridad Palerm at 703-746-3079 or 571-289-0019. To express interest in a unit, send an Interest Form to caridad.palerm@alexandriava.gov, or by text at 571-289-0019, or by mail to the Office of Housing at 421 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria VA 22314.

    Fall Condo and Community Association Training

    The City of Alexandria and Alexandria-based law firm Mercer Trigiani are sponsoring a series of free workshops related to condominium and other community associations. The first classes educated first-time homebuyers about the structure and governance of condominium communities; helped communities understand fair housing law related to community association management; and strengthened the knowledge of community board members in understanding, managing and amending governing documents. An additional training session for condominium board members is being planned for Fall 2017. Interested residents should subscribe to eNews for the latest updates on this and other training opportunities. 


      Recent Updates

        • Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Approved
        • Draft FY 2018 Action Plan Approved by Council
        • April Fair Housing Poster Contest
        • Fair Housing Certification Training
        • Lynhaven Apartments Featured as 2016 Success Story
        • Cambria Square Lottery Drawing Held on March 3
        • Energy Masters Program Earns State Recognition

        Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Approved

        The Bonus Density and Height Program (  Section 7-700 of the Zoning Ordinance) serves as an important tool to create affordable housing opportunities in Alexandria at no financial cost to the City. The program provided bonus density of up to 20% and bonus height of up to 25 feet in exchange for affordable rental or for-sale units. The program also permitted density bonuses greater than 20% if authorized within the relevant small area plan. Recent small area plans, including the 2015 Eisenhower West SAP, have opted for allowing greater density, when appropriate. To help address the shortage of affordable housing in the city, the amendment recommended amending Section 7-700 to increase the bonus density limit from 20% to 30% and to allow increases above 30%, when appropriate, through small area plan updates to maximize the production of affordable housing in the city. A citywide listening session was held on April 5th. Click  here to view the presentation.

        • On May 2, the Planning Commission voted to initiate Text Amendment #2017-0002; the motion carried on a vote of 7 to 0. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Text Amendment #2017-0002; the motion carried on a vote of 7 to 0. Click  here to view the docket.
        • On May 13, the City Council approved the Planning Commission's recommendation.

        Draft FY 2018 Action Plan Approved by Council

        The City's Draft One-Year Action Plan for Housing and Community Development for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 was approved by City Council at its May 23 Legislative Meeting.

        April Fair Housing Poster Contest

        In celebration of Fair Housing month, the Office of Housing, in partnership with the Alexandria Library, hosted its Second Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest under the theme "Alexandria is a welcoming community". Submissions of posters were accepted from all Alexandria students in grades Kindergarten through 7. The poster contest is intended to educate youth on how fair housing laws protect all Alexandrians against illegal housing discrimination. According to federal, state and local regulation all residents have equal access to housing regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, familial status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin. For more information, see our flyer in  English and  Spanish

        Fair Housing Certification Training

        The City of Alexandria and Kettler, Inc. offered free fair housing certification training to property management and real estate professionals on April 25. Participants are eligible for state certification, and can apply to DPOR after completing this training. For more information, click  here

          Lynhaven Apartments Featured as 2016 Success Story

          The refinancing and renovation of Lynhaven Apartments is one of three Virginia projects featured as a 2016 success story in the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Annual Report released in early March. To read the full report, click  here.  Lynhaven Apartments, owned by  Wesley Housing Development Corporation, underwent substantial interior and exterior rehabilitation with the help of a City loan consisting of federal HOME dollars and matching local dollars. In addition to the City's $1.078 million loan, Wesley Housing used tax-exempt bond financing along with 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits to complete the renovation of the 28-unit property and preserve the affordability of the units. 

          Cambria Square Lottery Drawing Held on March 3

          The City held the final drawing for the Cambria Square Affordable Set-aside Sales Units on March 3, 2017. Applications for these units are no longer being accepted. Other purchase opportunities will continue to be marketed on this page and through the City's eNews Affordable Housing Opportunities subscription. Prather Family(1)

          Located at 120 S. Picket Street, Pulte Homes' Cambria Square is a new condominium and townhome development in Alexandria's West End and is close to shopping, transit, parks, and other neighborhood amenities. The community was recently featured in the Washington Post.    

          One of the new Cambria Square homebuyers, Deidra Prather, a mother of two, shared her experience: "Participating in the Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program through the City of Alexandria has helped my family achieve one of our biggest goals much sooner than we imagined. My two children Tiandra & Noah have been involved in the homebuying process with me every step of the way. At their young age, they've seen firsthand the diligence, sacrifices and commitment it took from taking the very first step of completing the homebuyer's class, to successfully closing on the home. We're so grateful that we were able to purchase our first home right here in Alexandria, with family and friends nearby."

          Energy Masters Program Earns State Recognition

          The City-supported Energy Masters program was recently named "Best Affordable Housing Energy Conservation Effort" at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference. Office of Housing Program Implementation Division Chief and Energy Masters volunteer Shane Cochran accepted the award on behalf of the Energy Master program. The program has trained more than 140 volunteers who have each engaged in 40 hours of community service over the course of a year. Energy Masters' work has decreased utility bills by $39,623 per year. This translates into $83.59 per year in utility bill savings for each unit at these properties. Electricity and water consumption both decreased on average 6% while natural gas usage increased 7%. Overall greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption has decreased by 4.2%, or 85.5 MTCDE per year.  

          Now in its second year of operation in the City of Alexandria, Energy Masters was created by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Arlington Thrive and is funded with support from the City of Alexandria, Arlington County Community Development Fund, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, and the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. Affordable housing and social services partners include AHC, Inc., the Arlington County Department of Human Services, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority. For more information, visit Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment

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