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Housing Heroes - Group Photo Oct 10, 2017City 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, LLP; Regina 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.

CLIRibbonCutting_Sept2017Community Lodgings and HomeAid Complete Renovation of Transitional Housing Units

Community Lodgings Inc (CLI), in partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia and four local homebuilders, has renovated seven housing units that provide critical transitional and affordable housing for families getting out of homelessness. The 75-year-old property at 607 Notabene Drive required substantial interior and exterior improvements, including new windows and doors, an HVAC system replacement, an electrical and plumbing upgrade, unit modernization, common area updates, and new flooring. The renovation also updated the onsite Learning Center enabling families to take advantage of after school and youth mentoring programs, daily nutritious meals, and computer and English as a Second Language classes. A City CDBG-funded no-interest Housing Opportunity Fund loan, in conjunction with short-term financing from the Virginia Housing Development Authority and permanent financing from BB&T, leveraged substantial support from HomeAid and its partners who provided heavily discounted services and materials.

The consortium of four local homebuilders convened by HomeAid consisted of Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene HomesM/I Homes, and  Richmond American Homes. Each unit was fully furnished thanks to a special partnership with Staged Interior.

“The impact this renovation has on our families is incredible,” said Lynn Thomas, executive director of Community Lodgings. “I grew up in affordable housing in southeast DC, and know how important it is for a low-income family to live in a nice, safe house. We are all so grateful to HomeAid Northern Virginia, the builders, and the many other supporters who made this happen.”

Don Beyer Visit to St James Sept 2017Congressman 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

2017 Parking Day Microunit Picture 1(1)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. 

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.  

Affordable Unit for Sale at The Fountains

The Office of Housing is now marketing a large 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit unit in The Fountains condominium community. This re-sale restricted unit, priced at $227,059, is located at 301 N. Beauregard, Unit 110 and features 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 unit is available to first-time homebuyers who live or work within the City of Alexandria and who have had no ownership interest in real property for the past three years. 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.

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

Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards

  • The Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee has one vacancy: one vacancy for a landlord of residential property in the City. 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 a representative of a landlord and one vacancy for a low-income tenant representative. 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, 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

        • Condo and Community Association Training held September 23
        • 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

        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. 

        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.