Housing News & Announcements

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Page updated on Apr 23, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Wesley Housing Hosts Open House May 5

Tour Union on Queen and Colonial Village on May 5th to learn about Wesley Housing's operations, property management, and commitment to providing high quality affordable housing in the region. Stop by anytime between 3:00-5:00 pm. All are welcome! To learn more, click here.  

St. James Plaza Opens Doors to 2,400 Waitlist

Families began to move into St. James Plaza, a  AHC affordable housing project in the City of Alexandria's Beauregard neighborhood, in March. The development is providing 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. The waitlist, with over 2,400 individuals, has been closed due to overwhelming demand.  

30-Day Comment Period on Draft Citizen Summary Opens

The City of Alexandria announces the start of the 30-day comment period on the Draft Citizen Summary on the Draft FY 2019 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. For more information on opportunities to comment, including upcoming public hearings, click here or contact Cindy Metcalf at 703-746-3082 or cindy.metcalf@alexandriava.gov.

Apartment Manager Seminar Held April 11

Are you aware of a landlord's responsibilities to survivors of domestic violence under state and federal law?  For landlords nationwide, the Violence Against Women Act sets certain limits on how they may treat victims of past or ongoing domestic violence. Virginia also has requirements for how landlords must respond to tenants who have survived domestic violence. This free seminar taught property management professionals how to recognize child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence, as well as the legal requirements for landlords in responding to survivors of family violence. 

2018 Northern Virginia Housing Expo

Our thanks to all who were able to join us at the 8th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 24 at George Washington Middle School! The Expo was hosted by First Home Alliance, in cooperation with the City of Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudon County, and the Town of Herndon. The event attracted approximately 750 attendees and provided a range of free housing workshops, classes, and counseling sessions to the public. 

Carpenter's Shelter Project Awarded $1.6 Million from Virginia DHCD 

The  Carpenter's Shelter project was awarded $1.6 million through the state's Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loan program in February 2018. Administered by DHCD, the program combines state and federal resources—the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the federal National Housing Trust Fund, and the Virginia Housing Trust Fund—to support affordable housing projects and help expand permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more. 

New Homeownership Opportunities for First-time Homebuyers

The City of Alexandria Office of Housing is now marketing:

  1. UNDER CONTRACT! A Resale Restricted Homeownership unit located at 2500 N. Van Dorn Street, Unit 407 in the Park Place community. This is a large two-bedroom, two-bath condominium unit with a restricted purchase price of $189,422.  The unit is beautifully updated and the monthly condo fee includes all utilities as well as access to the pool, fitness center, and many transportation options. To qualify for this home, buyers must have live or work in the City of Alexandria, be a first-time homebuyer (no ownership interest in the most recent three year period), and a gross annual income below 100% of the area median income (one-person household up to $77,250, two-person household up to $88,250 and three-person household up to $99,300). Eligible purchasers may receive a City shared equity loan of up to $50,000 through the City's Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program. This unit 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. 
  2. UNDER CONTRACT! A NSP-renovated unit located at  401 N. Beauregard Street, Unit T-2, at the Mayflower Square Condominiums. This resale-restricted 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath condominium unit is priced at $208,318 with a $625 monthly condominium fee (which covers electricity, gas, exterior maintenance, sewer, trash removal, and water).

For more information regarding these opportunities and qualifying criteria, please contact Vicente Espinoza or Brandi Collins at the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990.

Affordable Rental Units Available at the Thornton

The Thornton, a new rental community located at 1199 South Washington Street will begin taking applications for the remaining 12 affordable rental set aside units beginning Friday, April 28. 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) and comprise:

  • 1 studio @ $1,142/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities
  • 6 one-bedrooms @ $1,202/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities
  • 5 two-bedrooms  @ $1,569/month + electric, water, and sewer utilities

The maximum household incomes are: One Person: $49,260; Two People: $56,280; Three People: $63,300; Four People: $70,320; and Five People: $75,960.

For additional information, including fees and minimum income requirements, please click here or call 703-751-1047. 

Route 1 South Housing Affordability Planning Process

The City is working with the community to explore tools for preserving housing affordability along Route 1 South, in addition to opportunities to help enhance the character of the neighborhood, prioritize safety and accessibility in the area, and create a more welcoming gateway to the City. More information about the planning process can be found on the project webpage

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 Studio Units Available at Southern Towers

    Multiple studio units are available now at Southern Towers Apartments (located at 4901 Seminary Road)! Unit rents are guaranteed to remain affordable at 55% of the area median income for 10 years. Rents are subject to change each year, but increases will comply with federal guidelines. 

    Size   Rent  Maximum Occupancy  Maximum Income Minimum Income
     Efficiency  $1,129 (with utilities)   3 1-person household—$45,155                                                    
    2-person household—$52,590                 
    3-person household—$58,025 
    Two times the rent

    Fees: $65 application fee; $300 move-in fee; and $12/month tenant insurance. Deposit: $0-400 depending on credit report. For more information, contact Caridad Palerm at 703-746-3079. 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. 

    More Housing Updates

    Third Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest Held

    In celebration of April as Fair Housing month, the Office of Housing hosted its 3rd annual Fair Housing poster contest. K-8 students were invited to submit posters highlighting the theme "Alexandria is ONE diverse community" and learned about how fair housing laws protect all Alexandrians from housing discrimination. 

    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.  

    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!

    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.