Notice of ARHA Public Hearings
Three public hearings have been scheduled at 401 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA for the purpose of obtaining public comments on the drafts of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority's Annual 2017 Capital Fund Program Grant (CFPG) and Five-Year Action Plan for the period of January 1, 2017—December 31, 2021:
February 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM | March 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM
These documents identify Asset Management, Capital Funds, and Community Development activities to address needs and priorities established during 2017–2021 and the One-Year Action Plan during the 2017 program year. They, along with ARHA’s application for Capital Funds based on the most current physical needs assessment, will be submitted to HUD on or before April 15, 2017.
Written comments on the 2017-2021 CFPG may be submitted to ARHA at 401 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or emailed to email@example.com by close of business on Monday, March 27, 2017. A hardcopy of the CFPG is available in the most current Agency Plan at 401 Wythe Street, as well as at the Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue), Beatley Library (5005 Duke Street), and Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road).
Cambria Square Lottery Drawing to be Held on March 3, 2017!
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. The set-aside affordable housing units are priced at $275,000. Monthly community fees are projected to be $184.
The City is currently accepting applications for two three-bedroom Affordable Homeownership Units to income-eligible first-time homebuyers at the Cambria Square community (staff held drawings to select buyers for two of the four units on July 22 and October 14). Because of high demand for these homes, purchasers will be selected through a random lottery among all eligible applicants. The drawing for the two remaining condominium units will be held on March 3, 2017. To be considered for the lottery, required documents must be provided to the Office of Housing by 12 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.
To be considered for the lottery, interested buyers must submit the following documents:
- City of Alexandria Homebuyer Prescreening Form
- Copy of a current mortgage preapproval letter qualifying the buyer for the amount of the purchase (including FHAP assistance)
- Copy of the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) training certificate
Please note that larger households (3 or more people) will be given priority status for these homes. Interested buyers that were not selected for the first two units remain in the pool of eligible buyers for the two remaining units.
In order to be considered eligible, applicants must be first-time homebuyers (no ownership interest in the most recent three-year period), live or work in the City of Alexandria, and have a gross annual household income below the following limits: 1-person, $76,020; 2-person, $86,880; 3-person, $97,740; 4-6 person, $108,600.
The City can provide up to $50,000 in no-interest, deferred payment closing cost and downpayment assistance toward the purchase of these units through its Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program (FHAP). Additional information on income eligibility and FHAP assistance amounts can be found here.
Additional information on the City's Affordable Set-Aside Sales Units Program, including basic eligibility requirements, buyer selection process, and purchaser requirements can be found here. Selected homebuyers should be prepared to offer an earnest money deposit of $2,000 at the time of signing the purchase agreement. Purchasers are expected to secure mortgage financing from one of the lenders currently participating in the City’s programs. Click here for a list of participating lenders. Homebuyers may visit the sales office to learn more about the available homes. Pulte Homes, the developer of Cambria Square is marketing the units from a sales office located at 2606 Main Line Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22301.
One of the new homebuyers is Deidra Prather, a mother of two children, who 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."
For more information about the basic requirements, the lottery process, and obligations of the homebuyer, contact Brandi Collins at the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/housing
Affordable Units Available for Sale in City
- 4850 Eisenhower Avenue, Unit 112 - two-bedroom, two bath condominium at The Exchange at Van Dorn, newly renovated through the Alexandria Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The unit is listed at $290,000 with monthly condo fees of $447 and is available to households with incomes up to 80% of the area median income, or $86,880 for a four-person household. The City's nonprofit partner and property owner, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, is offering a matching closing cost grant of up to $4,000 to the qualified purchaser.
- 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).
7th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo - Saturday, March 18
Looking for an affordable place to live in Northern Virginia? Plan to visit the 2017 Northern Virginia Housing Expo, which will be held at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Expo will showcase both homeownership and rental opportunities and resources throughout Northern Virginia, and will feature workshops and exhibits about location options, being prepared for buying or renting, understanding and improving credit scores, improving energy efficiency and more. A growing list of free workshops and exhibitors can be found at the Housing Expo website as the event approaches. Refreshments will also be available for purchase during the event.
The Housing Expo is hosted by Fairfax-based nonprofit AHOME Foundation, in cooperation with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon.
Training Series Announced for Condominium and Community Associations
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 2: Fair Housing. The session will be held, Saturday, April 8, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Session 3: Amending Governing Documents. The session will be held, Saturday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 703.746.4990, Virginia Relay 711.
- Session 1: Community Association Basics is intended to serve those who may be considering purchasing a home in a condominium community. The session was held Saturday, February 4, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Pavilion at Mark Center, 5708 Merton Court.
City Council Approves New Shelter and 98 Affordable Units
On December 17, the Alexandria City Council approved the Carpenter’s Shelter’s application to construct a modern shelter facility and 98 affordable rental units. The new ground-floor shelter facility will include space for day programs offered to shelter clients and related administrative and case management space. Ten of the planned 98 affordable units will serve as permanent supportive housing with deeply affordable rents and case management services to help shelter residents transition into permanent housing. The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) and the Carpenter’s Shelter, two Alexandria-based non-profit organizations, are collaborating on the project with AHDC acting as the developer for the joint venture.
“Approval of this project demonstrates our commitment to affordable housing in Alexandria,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg. “Thank you to Carpenter’s Shelter for all they have done for decades and continue to do for some of the most vulnerable in our community. I also want to thank the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation and City staff for their collaboration and hard work on these plans.”
City Council also approved a rental subsidy grant program of $250,000 to make 10 units deeply affordable and a loan of up to $7.1 million to help with the construction of the affordable rental housing. Each dollar of the City's investment in the project is anticipated to leverage five dollars in public and private funding. AHDC is applying for low-income housing tax credits in March 2017 and is actively pursuing state and federal grants.
The rental units will be affordable to households earning between 40% and 60% of the area median income (which ranges from $30,440 for a household of one to $65,160 for a household of four). Creating such a mix of incomes will continue to diversify housing options in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan area which has experienced significant growth in recent years, including luxury apartments, condominiums, and townhouses.
Carpenter’s Shelter redevelopment project meets several important Housing
Master Plan goals, including supporting partnerships with and among
non-profits, providing family-sized and accessible units, and locating
affordable housing close to transit, jobs, and amenities.
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 about the Energy Master Program, visit Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.