Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Feb 14, 2018 at 11:09 AM

What's New!

  • New Homeownership Opportunity for First-time Homebuyers
  • Affordable Rental Units Available in Spring at The Thornton  
  • City Releases New Report on Homeownership Programs
  • Kick-off of Route 1 South Housing Affordability Planning Process
  • Affordable Rental Units Available in April 2018 at St James Plaza
  • City Receives 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award
  • 2-Bedroom for Sale
  • Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards
  • Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers

Click here for additional updates! 

New Homeownership Opportunity for First-time Homebuyers

The City of Alexandria is now marketing 401 N. Beauregard Street, Unit T-2 - a three-bedroom, 1.5 bath condominium unit in the Mayflower Square community.  This unit, priced at $207,000, is being offered through the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and is available to first-time homebuyers who live or work within the City of Alexandria. Through NSP, the City and its nonprofit partner Rebuilding Together Alexandria, acquire and fully renovate distressed properties and offer these homes for sale to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers. 

To qualify for this home, purchasers must have a gross annual income below 80% of the area median income (one person up to $61,770, two people - $70,600 and three person households - $79,450).  Eligible purchasers may receive a City shared equity loan of up to $50,000 through the City's Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program and may also be eligible for a matching NSP closing cost grant of up to $8,000. This home is also eligible for reduced rate mortgage financing through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Community Homeownership Revitalization Program (CHRP). To qualify for CHRP and City financing, participants must complete a VHDA-sponsored homebuyer training class, followed by a two-hour individual counseling session. For questions regarding this opportunity and qualifying criteria, please call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990.

Affordable Rental Units Available in Spring at the Thornton

The Thornton, a new rental community located at 1199 South Washington Street will be offering 24 affordable rental set aside units this spring. The units were secured through the development process through the application of the City's bonus density program (Section 7-700 of the Zoning Ordinance). The Thornton will provide:

2 studios @ $1,065/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities

11 one-bedrooms and 1 one-bedroom+den @ $1,116/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities

9 two-bedrooms and 1 two-bedroom+den @ $1,333/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities

The maximum household incomes are: One Person: $46,326; Two People: $52,944; Three People: $59,562; Four People: $66,180; and Five People: $71,474.

For additional information, including fees and minimum income requirements, please click here or call 703-751-1047.  The Thornton’s temporary leasing office is located at 1640 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307.

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.  

Kick-off of Route 1 South Housing Affordability Planning Process

The City will begin a planning effort in January focused on the Route 1 area south of Duke Street. This initiative will engage the community in exploring options and tools for preserving the neighborhood's housing affordability, strengthening the character of the neighborhood, prioritizing safety and accessibility along Route 1 South, and creating a more welcoming gateway to the City.

The planning process will consist of opportunities designed to engage all interested members of the community in the ways that work best for them. This will include in-person community events and ways to participate by email or online. Accommodations for childcare and language interpretation will be provided upon request. After a series of community events in January and February 2018 to acquaint neighbors with the planning process, the City will hold a five-day community planning "charrette" (a collaborative planning and design exercise to develop the basis of the Plan) from February 26-March 2.  More information about the planning process can be found on the project webpage

Affordable Rental Units Available in April 2018 at St. James Plaza

St. James Plaza, a AHC affordable housing project in the City of Alexandria’s Beauregard neighborhood, will open in April 2018. The development will provide 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. For additional information, including leasing, please click here.

AHC Property Management Contact Information:
AHC Main Office Phone: (703) 271-8400 for Alba Farquhar (ext 172) and Evelyn Turner (ext 157)
Leasing Office Phone: (571) 775-8725
Leasing Office Email: stjamesplazaapts@ahcmgmt.com

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!

2-Bedroom Unit for Sale

The City continues to market a unit formerly available under the Re-sale Restricted Homeownership Program. This home is located at 301 N. Beauregard, #110 at The Fountains Condominiums. While the unit is now available to the general public, eligible purchasers participating in the City’s Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program (FHAP) may be able to purchase this home at a restricted priced at $227,059. Households with incomes below 100% of area median income ($110,300 for a four-person household) may be eligible for up to $50,000 in downpayment and closing cost assistance based on income and household size; as well as for newly available reduced rate mortgage financing through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Community Homeownership Revitalization Program (CHRP).  

  • Fountains Condominiums - Large 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit unit featuring a large patio and renovated bathrooms and kitchen. The monthly condominium fee of $738 includes all heating, cooling, electricity, water, sewer, gas, and trash removal costs as well as one parking space and access to a community pool, fitness room and tennis courts.The listing agent, DJ Girma with Jobin Realty®, can be reached at 703-642-8500 (office) or 703-795-6255 (cell). To view the complete listing, please click here.

For additional information about qualifying criteria, please contact Shane Cochran or Brandi Collins at the Office of Housing at 703-746-4990.  

Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards

  • The Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee has three vacancies: one vacancy for a landlord of residential property in the City, one vacancy for a real estate real estate professional with knowledge and experience in residential real estate, 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 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, 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.

      Recent Updates

        • Ramsey Homes Open House Scheduled February 9-10
        • City Recognizes “Housing Heroes”
        • AHDC Seeks Accountant to Serve on Board of Directors 
        • Cari Palerm Shares Outreach Strategies at Housing Conference
        • Congressman Don Beyer Tours St. James Construction Site
        • Condo and Community Association Training held September 23
        • Office of Housing Showcases Microunit at PARK(ing) Day!
        • Helen McIlvaine Presents at ULI's National Housing Opportunities Conference
        • Eric Keeler Appointed to NCDA Board
        • 2017 Market Affordable Report Released
        • Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Approved

        Ramsey Homes Open House Held February 9-10

        The community was invited to participate in an open house and exploratory deconstruction tour as the City and ARHA staff explored Ramsey Homes' innovative construction technology prior to demolition of the buildings. The four buildings at Ramsey Homes, originally constructed in a modernist design and built for African-American defense workers, are early examples of the use of precast “Fabcrete” concrete panels. The open house and deconstruction tour were held as part of ongoing documentation and preservation efforts as part of the Section 106 process related to the redevelopment of the Ramsey Homes. Click here for more information.

        City Recognizes “Housing Heroes”

        The City has introduced a new “Housing Heroes” initiative to recognize significant pro bono professional and corporate contributions to support City housing affordability programs and those they serve in the Alexandria community. The inaugural class of Heroes includes David Mercer and Pia Trigiani of MercerTrigiani, LLPRegina Pinkney, formerly with Union Mortgage and now with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA); Carter Land of Land, Carroll & Blair, PC; and The Paradigm Companies. These Housing Heroes were honored for contributions ranging from community involvement, training and counseling efforts to direct assistance to lower-income Alexandrians in resolving housing crises at an October 10 ceremony.

        Cari Palerm Shares Outreach Strategies at Housing Conference 

        The Office of Housing has developed a variety of outreach approaches to engage more effectively and thoughtfully with the City's culturally, socio-economically, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. Cari presented best practices and lessons learned working with Beauregard residents at the November 2017 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference held in Norfolk.  

        Congressman Don Beyer Tours St. James Construction Site

        Congressman Don Beyer recently toured the construction site at St. James Plaza, an affordable housing project on track to open in the spring of 2018. The Fillmore Avenue project will provide 93-unit rental units affordable to households earning between 40% and 60% of the area median income (which ranges from $30,920 for a household of one to $66,180 for a household of four) and will feature an onsite pre-school program run in partnership with  The Campagna Center. "St. James Plaza is a great example of a public/private, tax-credit financed affordable housing development in Alexandria's West End," said Representative Beyer. Learn more about the St. James Plaza project here.  

        AHDC Seeks Accountant to Serve on Board of Directors

        The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) seeks a City of Alexandria resident, who is an accountant, to join its Board of Directors.  Qualified individuals who are interested in serving should contact AHDC's Executive Director, Jon Frederick, at 703-739-7775, to learn more. AHDC is a nonprofit housing development organization that was established by City Council in 2004 to address Alexandria's affordable housing issue by producing and preserving committed affordable units. AHDC developed The Station at Potomac Yard and has acquired and renovated Arbelo and Longview Terrace Apartments.  In addition to exploring future pipeline projects, the organization is currently constructing two new developments, 930 N. Henry (Carpenter's Shelter) and The Gateway Apartments (King and Beauregard), as well as refinancing and renovating Lacy Court Apartments.  

        Condo and Community Association Training Held September 23

        Close to three dozen participants attended a training for board members of community and homeowner associations. Attorneys from the Alexandria-based law firm of MercerTrigiani presented information on the legal responsibilities of board members in serving their communities, understanding governing documents and approaches to resolving conflicts. The goals of the training were to help board members learn skills to improve the governing practices, function and efficiency of their communities. This was the fourth in a series of free training sessions related to common interest ownership offered by the City and MercerTrigiani. 

        Office of Housing Showcases Microunit at PARK(ing) Day!

        As part of PARK(ing) Day 2017, a global event that temporarily re-envisions and transforms surface parking into exciting and imaginative spaces, the Office of Housing created a microunit and invited passersby to think about whether microunits could provide more affordable housing options to Alexandrians. 

        Helen McIlvaine Presents at ULI's National Housing Opportunities Conference

        Housing Director Helen McIlvaine was invited to present “Alexandria’s Innovative Approach to Maximizing the Use of Community-Serving Real Estate for Affordable Housing” at Urban Land Institute’s 2017 National Housing Opportunities Conference in New Orleans on September 10-12.  The presentation highlighted the City's housing policies and programs that further the production and preservation of affordable housing in Alexandria. 

        Eric Keeler Appointed to NCDA Board

        We are pleased to announce that Eric Keeler, our Deputy Director, was recently appointed to serve on the NCDA Board. NCDA is a national non-profit that represents local government departments across the country that administer federally-supported community and economic development and affordable housing programs. NCDA is governed by a 42-member board that consists of local government community development leaders from across the country. 

          2017 Market Affordable Report Released

          The Office of Housing has released its 2017 report on the state of market-affordable housing in the City of Alexandria. The 2017 report finds that market-affordable housing, in buildings with ten or more units, has declined by 90% between 2000 and 2017 to just 1,749 units (less than 6% of the city’s overall housing stock).

          Market-affordable housing is defined as housing that is affordable to households earning 60% of the area median income (or $46,380 and $66,180 for a household of one and four, respectively). This form of housing helps to preserve diversity in the city and provide housing opportunities to younger families, new residents, and recent graduates, as well as to longtime Alexandrians. Market-affordable rental units also enable workers critical to our local economy across numerous industries and sectors (social services, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment, retail, construction, and administration) to live affordably in the city. To learn about the City’s efforts to address the loss of market-affordable units and protect and expand affordable housing opportunities, please visit the Housing Master Plan or contact Tamara Jovovic, Housing Planner, at 703-746-3097.

          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.