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Page updated on Jan 19, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Public Hearings on Draft ARHA Capital Fund Grant Program and Five-Year Action Plan

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:

January 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM            |             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 cjosa@arha.usa 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).

To learn more:  CFP Annual Statement            |          CFP Annual Action Plan         |         Public Notice 

Beauregard Tenant Meeting to be Held on January 24 

Tenants from the apartment complexes of Lynbrook, Meadowcreek, Stoneridge, Hillwood and Brookdale are invited to the Office of Housing's fourth Beauregard Tenant's Meeting on January 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the William Ramsey Community Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue. The meeting will be held in collaboration with the Workforce Development Center and will feature an employment and training specialist who will discuss free trainings available to SNAP participants to increase and improve their job opportunities. 

The meeting is part of the City's community outreach to residents within the Beauregard Small Area Plan in anticipation of planned redevelopment. During previous tenant meetings, the Office of Housing has provided information on affordable housing available in the area, the City’s Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program, financial literacy resources, and programs available through the Department of Community and Human Resources. For additional information or questions, please contact Caridad Palerm at 703.746.3079 or caridad.palerm@alexandriava.gov, or text 571.289.0019.

City Council Approves New Shelter and 98 Affordable UnitsCarpenters Shelters rendering (lower resolution) 

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.

The 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. 

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).
  • 3101 Northampton Place, Unit 708 - a one bedroom, one bathroom unit at Northampton Place. This high-rise condominium unit, priced at $232,883, was constructed in 2004 and features an in-unit washer/dryer, a fireplace and one garage parking space.
  • 6331A Stevenson Avenue - three bedroom, two bath unit on Stevenson Avenue. Constructed in 1997, this unit is listed at $275,000 and has a monthly fee of $300. 

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.  Energy Masters Award - Shane Cochran 2016

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

Fair Housing Testing Helps Ensure Alexandria Welcomes All

The City's Fair Housing Testing Program has been identifying and helping to eliminate discriminatory housing practices in real estate sales, lending, and rental housing since 1990. The Office of Housing has conducted over 1,600 fair housing tests and recorded a dramatic decline in identified discriminatory practices thanks in great part to increased awareness of fair housing laws and City training, education, enforcement efforts. To learn about the program and its results, please read our new report

Learn about the City's Affordable Set-Aside Program!

Did you know that our Affordable Set-Aside Program has built 360+ affordable units and that an additional 220+ units are in the pipeline?  By working with developers to include affordable rental and ownership units in their projects, the Program has played an important role in expanding housing options for Alexandria residents and workers. To learn more about the Program, including the City's bonus density and height incentives, please read our new report—The City of Alexandria’s Affordable Set-Aside Program: From the 1990s to Today and check out the Center for Community Change's 2016 Housing Trust Fund Survey Report!

Cambria Square Lottery Drawing to be Held in Early March!

The Office of Housing is marketing two three-bedroom Affordable Homeownership Units to income-eligible first-time homebuyers at Pulte Homes’ Cambria Square community (staff held drawings to select buyers for two of the four units on July 22 and October 14).  Located at 120 S. Picket Street, 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  two units are anticipated to become available in spring 2017.  In order to be considered, 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:

 Household Size2016 Annual Gross
Household Income Limits
  1-person $76,020
  2-person $86,880
  3-person $97,740
  4-person $108,600
  5-person $108,600
  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

The City is currently accepting applications!  Because of anticipated high demand for these homes, it is expected that purchasers will be selected through a random lottery among all eligible homebuyers. 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 available unit remain in the pool of eligible buyers for the three remaining units. The next homebuyer selection lottery will be held on October 14, 2016. The Office of Housing will continue to accept applications for the remaining two units until the final homebuyer selection lottery, which is expected to be held in March 2017.

To be considered for the lottery, interested buyers must submit the following documents:

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.

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

Lynhaven Apartment Renovations CompletedLynhaven Ribbon Cutting with all Councilmembers 07.26.16

On July 26th, Wesley Housing Development Corporation celebrated the completed rehabilitation of Lynhaven Apartments with a “dedication and dessert” event. Special City guests included City Council members Del Pepper and Willie Bailey, Vice Mayor Wilson, City Manager Mark Jinks and Deputy City Manager Emily Baker, as well as many residents and community members. Vice Mayor Wilson offered remarks emphasizing the importance of affordable housing preservation as a City priority and Housing Master Plan goal.  Wesley Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Murphy, thanked the City for its support, and read remarks congratulating Wesley, that had been sent by Mayor Silberberg, who was out of town.

Lynhaven Apartments is a 28-unit affordable rental housing community located in the Lynhaven neighborhood. Interior renovations included replacement of all kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and heating and cooling systems. The exterior renovations included a new façade, new paint, doors, windows, roof work, and enhanced landscaping. Lynhaven’s rehabilitation was partially funded by a $1.078 million loan from the City. 

Groundbreaking at St. James PlazaSt James Plaza Groundbreaking July 66, 6066(6)

New! Click here to watch development progress on the site!  

On July 13th, AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, partners and City of Alexandria officials celebrated the groundbreaking for St. James Plaza, 93 new affordable apartments adjacent to Alexandria’s Beauregard neighborhood. The project, located on a portion of a three-acre site previously owned by the St. James United Methodist Church and the Bi-District Office of the Northern Virginia Methodist Church, expects to welcome residents in late 2018. The remainder of the site will have a public landscaped mews and 31 new market-rate townhomes.

St. James Plaza will include a mix of efficiencies, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes. Amenities will include underground parking and a community space where a full day pre-kindergarten program will be offered by the Campagna Center for residents’ children as well as children from the neighborhood. Rents will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 40% to 60% of the Area Median Income.

“The St. James Plaza project will provide a valuable affordable housing resource – including deeply subsidized apartments – for Alexandria residents,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “We are particularly pleased to be working with AHC to create long-term committed affordable units for households in the Beauregard Plan area who may be displaced by future redevelopment. These units will be affordable for at least 60 years.”

In addition to the City of Alexandria, which is providing a loan of $5.7 million to AHC for the project, St. James Plaza partners include Capital One Bank, Hudson Housing Capital, and NeighborWorks of America. Demolition of the existing buildings is scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks, with construction of St. James Plaza to start later this year. Designed by Cunningham-Quill Architects, St. James is being built by Harkins Builders.