Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Jul 11, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Fairfax County Public Housing (RAD) Waitlist Now Open!

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority opened its RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration Project, formerly “public housing”) waitlist on Tuesday, July 10. The list will close on Monday, July 23, 2018 at midnight.  It is NOT necessary to be a Fairfax County resident to submit an application. Registration is through an online portal where a pre-application for housing is available. Information about this opportunity and the application process is available online in multiple languages. Fairfax County public libraries will have computers and in-person assistance available for those who wish to apply.  No matter when an application is submitted during the two week open period, there is an equal opportunity to be placed on the waitlist. 

Please note that before beginning the pre-application process, applicants will need a valid e-mail address and the following information for the head of household and co-head of household: complete name, relationship to the head of the household, date of birth, and amount of income from all sources. More information about the process for applying for Fairfax County’s RAD (formerly “public housing”) waitlist, and the online portal for the pre-application is available here.


Wesley Housing Hosts Second Table Talk on July 16

Please join Wesley Housing on Monday, July 16, 6:30-7:30 pm, for the second Open House/Table Talk at Fairlington Presbyterian Church to meet with the Wesley team and City staff, and to learn about the proposed Fairlington affordable housing project. Click here for more information about the upcoming event. To download the project fact sheet and traffic study, click here. 


Energy Masters Now Accepting Volunteer Applications for Training Program

Energy Masters, an award-winning program that promotes a more energy efficient and sustainable community, is now accepting community and student (age 16 or older) volunteer applications for the 2018-2019 training program, which begins October 4. Volunteers complete a training course on energy efficiency and water conservation techniques to equip them to deliver community education and outreach programs in Northern Virginia. To date, more than 220 volunteers have been trained and performed thousands of hours of community service to improve energy efficiency in the homes of more than 850 families living in affordable housing in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. The Office of Housing provides support to the program.

For more information, including an overview of the program requirements and fall training dates, or to begin the application process, click here.  Apply before July 31 to receive a $25 early bird discount on the program fee! Application period will close on September 15, or earlier if the class has filled. Want to know more?  Please attend Energy Masters’ Informational Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8 pm at Samuel Beckett's in Shirlington! 


Waitlist Opened for Discounted Memory Care Units at Silverado Alexandria

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 for the life of the project. The units provide a new, more affordable resource for persons needing memory care that does not currently exist within the City. The City of Alexandria is now accepting applications for the waitlist for these units.

  • To schedule a tour, please contact Katie Hilburn at 703-215-9110.
  • To learn more about Silverado's affordable housing program and eligibility criteria, click here.
  • To obtain an application, click here or contact Eric Keeler at 703-746-4990.

St James Plaza Open Doors to 2,400 Waitlist; ADA Units Available

Families began to move into St. James Plaza, an AHC affordable housing project in the City of Alexandria's Beauregard neighborhood, in March. The development is providing 93 new apartments (featuring a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three- bedroom units) affordable to households with incomes between 40% and 60% of the area median income. The waitlist, with over 2,400 individuals, has been closed due to overwhelming demand.  NEW! ADA-compliant units units are available. To learn, more click here.


Route 1 South Housing Affordability Planning Process

The City is working with the community to explore tools for preserving housing affordability along Route 1 South, in addition to opportunities to help enhance the character of the neighborhood, prioritize safety and accessibility in the area, and create a more welcoming gateway to the City. Click here to learn more


Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards

The Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee has two vacancies: one vacancy for a landlord of residential property in the City and one vacancy for a small business representative. 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. 


    Affordable Studio Units Available at Southern Towers

    Multiple studio units are available now at Southern Towers Apartments (located at 4901 Seminary Road)! Unit rents are guaranteed to remain affordable at 55% of the area median income for 10 years. Rents are subject to change each year, but increases will comply with federal guidelines. 

    Size   Rent  Maximum Occupancy  Maximum Income Minimum Income
     Efficiency  $1,129 (with utilities)   3 1-person household—$45,155                                                    
    2-person household—$52,590                 
    3-person household—$58,025 
    Two times the rent

    Fees: $65 application fee; $300 move-in fee; and $12/month tenant insurance. Deposit: $0-400 depending on credit report. For more information, contact Caridad Palerm at 703-746-3079. To express interest in a unit, complete and 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. 


    More Housing Updates

    Wesley Housing Hosts Table Talk June 14

    Wesley Housing invited community members to attend an open house to learn about Wesley Housing's proposed affordable housing project next to the Fairlington Presbyterian Church

    Carpenter's Shelter Project Awarded $1.6 Million from Virginia DHCD 

    The Carpenter's Shelter project was awarded $1.6 million through the state's Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loan program in February 2018. Administered by DHCD, the program combines state and federal resources—the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the federal National Housing Trust Fund, and the Virginia Housing Trust Fund—to support affordable housing projects and help expand permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click  here to learn more.

    City Releases New Report on Homeownership Programs

    The Office of Housing is excited to present its latest publication, " Keys to the City: The City of Alexandria's Homeownership Programs from the 1970s to Today." The report provides an overview of the City's history of helping low- and moderate-income households become first-time homebuyers. City-supported homeownership initiatives range from pre-purchase training, to direct down payment and closing cost assistance, to foreclosure prevention and condominium governance training and counseling, to rehab and new construction programs. The publication highlights policy approaches taken to strengthen and support home purchase assistance for Alexandria residents and workers as a means to preserve the City's social, racial and economic diversity, as well as initiatives to enhance the long-term affordability and sustainability of City investments in promoting homeownership.  

    City Receives 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award

    The City of Alexandria's Office of Housing has been chosen to receive the National Community Development Association's (NCDA) prestigious Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for its support of the substantial rehabilitation of Community Lodgings (CLI) property at 607 Notabene Drive. The renovation of the six-unit apartment building addressed the critical need to preserve the City's stock of affordable housing, particularly for underserved families in Alexandria, many of whom have fled domestic violence or are chronically homeless.

    Since the building was constructed in 1940 and then purchased by CLI in 1991, periodic updates and improvements were made to maintain the property, but in 2016 it was determined that the units required complete renovation to continue serving at-risk families. A collaborative effort between CLI, the City of Alexandria Community Development Block Grant program, HomeAid of Northern Virginia, BB&T, and four local homebuilders and their network of trade partners helped transform the six-unit affordable housing apartment building into seven units with modern appliances and updated green building systems.

    This project is cited as an example of how federal funding administered through local governments and local homebuilders can support affordable housing and work with public and other private entities to reduce homelessness and promote housing affordability for families in Alexandria. By addressing critical housing needs, this partnership supports vulnerable families in rebuilding their lives and achieving self-sufficiency.

    Note: On November 4, 2017, CLI was awarded "Non-Profit of the Year" by HomeAid Northern Virginia!

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