Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Sep 14, 2018 at 9:19 AM

City Announces Public Hearing and Comment Period for Draft CARER and One-Year Action Plan

The City of Alexandria will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for the purpose of obtaining public comments on: 1) the draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the recently completed City Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and 2) the development of the One-Year Action Plan for City FY 2020. For more information, please contact Cindy Metcalf at 703-746-3082 or cindy.metcalf@alexandriava.gov.

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.

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 developer 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 Schedules September 20 Community Meeting

    Wesley Housing has scheduled a community meeting on September 20 at 7 pm at Fairlington Presbyterian Church. Click here for more information. Two open houses were held for community members to learn about the proposed affordable housing project on June 14 and July 16. To download the project fact sheet and traffic study, click here. 

    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!