Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Sep 25, 2017 at 8:51 AM

What's New!

  • Congressman Don Beyer Tours St. James Construction Site
  • Office of Housing Showcases Microunit at PARK(ing) Day!
  • Affordable Unit for Sale at The Fountains
  • Notice of Public Hearing on Housing and Community Development Activity

  • Public comment period for ARHA Annual Agency and 5-Year Action Plans
  • Ramsey Homes Redevelopment Project Environmental Assessment
  • Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards
  • Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers

Click here for additional updates! 


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. 

Affordable Unit for Sale at The Fountains

The Office of Housing is now marketing a resale restricted unit in The Fountains condominium community. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit is located at 301 N. Beauregard, Unit 110 and has a restricted resale price of $227,059. This 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 for this property is DJ Girma with Jobin Realty®.  He 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 downpayment and closing cost assistance based on income and household size. For additional information about qualifying criteria, please contact Brandi Collins or Vicente Espinoza at the Office of Housing at 703-746-4990.  

Notice of Public Hearing on Housing and Community Development Activity

The City of Alexandria will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 21, 2017 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) 2017, and 2) the development of the One-Year Action Plan for City FY 2019. The City will also accept written comments on these items beginning Tuesday, September 12 through Tuesday, September 26 at 5 p.m. To learn more, please click here.

Public comment period on ARHA Annual Agency and 5-Year Action Plans

Public hearings have been scheduled for ARHA's 2017 Annual Agency Plan and the 5-Year Action Plan for the period January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021. To learn more, click here.

Ramsey Homes Redevelopment Project Environmental Assessment

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
        • Rebuilding Together Alexandria Awarded Grant
        • 2017 Market Affordable Report Released
        • Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Approved
        • Draft FY 2018 Action Plan Approved by Council
        • Cambria Square Lottery Drawing Held on March 3

        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.

        Rebuilding Together Alexandria Awarded Grant

        Rebuilding Together Alexandria (RTA), a City-grantee and critical housing partner, was recently awarded a $500,000 Project Reinvest Grant from NeighborWorks America to implement revitalization projects in the Hume Springs and Lynhaven neighborhoods. Over the next 18 months, RTA will complete free repairs at up to 20 homes, make physical improvements at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, convert open space to a multi-generational park, and build a community garden. RTA was one of 55 applicants from across the country to be selected for this grant funding.

        RTA has worked closely with the City since 2001 on its annual National Rebuilding Day and the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. In partnership with RTA, the City has supported 200 home improvement projects and acquired, renovated, and resold 33 distressed units facing foreclosure to moderate-income first-time homebuyers.   

        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.

        Draft FY 2018 Action Plan Approved by Council

        The City's Draft One-Year Action Plan for Housing and Community Development for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 was approved by City Council at its May 23 Legislative Meeting.

          Cambria Square Lottery Drawing Held on March 3

          The City held the final drawing for the Cambria Square Affordable Set-aside Sales Units on March 3, 2017. Applications for these units are no longer being accepted. Other purchase opportunities will continue to be marketed on this page and through the City's eNews Affordable Housing Opportunities subscription. Prather Family(1)

          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.    

          One of the new Cambria Square homebuyers, Deidra Prather, a mother of two, 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."

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