Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on May 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM

What's New!

  • Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards
  • Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers 
  • Condominium and Community Association Training
  • Affordable Units Available for Sale in City
  • Draft FY 2018 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development

Click here for additional updates! 


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.

  • The current studio rent is $1,045, including utilities. The max household income for a studio is $45,612.
  • The current one-bedroom rent is $1,222, including utilities. The max household income for a 1-bedroom is $52,128.

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.   

Condominium and Community Association Training

The City of Alexandria and Alexandria-based law firm Mercer Trigiani are sponsoring a series of workshops related to condominium and other community associations. The classes will educate first-time homebuyers about the structure and governance of condominium communities; help communities understand fair housing law related to community association management; and strengthen the knowledge of community board members in understanding, managing and amending governing documents.

  • Session 3: Amending Governing Documents. Saturday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.

The workshops are offered at no cost to participants, but pre-registration is requested. Free parking and refreshments will be available at the training sites. For more information or to register, contact Shane Cochran at  shane.cochran@alexandriava.gov or at 703.746.4990. The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Gwen Lassiter at  gwen.lassiter@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4990, Virginia Relay 711.

Affordable Units Available for Sale in City  

  • 6301 Stevenson Avenue, Unit 604 — a one bedroom, one bath unit at The Olympus Condominium. The restricted sale price of this unit is $132,880 and the monthly condo fee is $636 (includes all heating, cooling, water, sewer, gas, and trash removal costs).
  • 6151 Edsall Road, Unit M  — two-bedroom, 1.5 bath in the Edsall Bluff Community. The sale price of this unit is $205,000 and the monthly condo fee is $382. Click here to learn more.

Draft FY 2018 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development

The public comment period for the City's Draft One-Year Action Plan for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 has closed. The Draft Action Plan will be considered by City Council at the May 23 Legislative Meeting.


Recent Updates

    • Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Approved
    • 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 permited 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.

    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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