Homeowner Resources

The Office of Housing provides a range of services to homebuyers in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Community and Human Services, local nonprofits, and other organizations.

Page updated on Oct 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM

Condominium and Community Association Training

The City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Alexandria-based law firm Mercer Trigiani are sponsoring a series of workshops related to condominium and community associations during FY2020.  The goals for these classes include educating first-time homebuyers about the structure and governance of condominium communities; strengthening the knowledge of community board members in understanding, managing and budgeting; and helping communities understand state law related to open meetings and governance. A light breakfast will be provided at each session. The workshops are offered at no cost to participants, but pre-registration is requested.  The list of sessions is below.

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019
    Topic: Best Practices for Reserves
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Location: The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22311
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
    Topic: Governance and Open Meetings
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Location: Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22206
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    Topic: Getting Back on Track: Your Questions about Living in a Community Association Answered
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Location: Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22206

Additionally, an intensive training session will be offered to existing common interest community board members on Saturday, April 25, 2020. This will be offered by the Community Association Institute. More details are forthcoming.

For more information or to register for the upcoming classes, call the Alexandria Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or email Brandi D. Collins at brandi.collins@alexandriava.gov. At Arlington County contact Maureen Markham at mmarkham@arlingtonva.us or register on-line at https://housing.arlingtonva.us/events.

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Home Rehabilitation Loan Program

This program provides no-interest, deferred payment loans for the design and construction of home improvements to help low- and moderate-income City residents remain in their homes. The program serves owner occupants with combined incomes below 80% of the area median income by family size (which ranged from $65,680 for a household of one to $101,280 for a household of five in 2018). Eligible households may receive loans of up to $135,000 for construction costs, plus additional funds for related costs to improve the safety, accessibility, and quality of their homes. Repayment of the loans is deferred for 99 years or until the property is sold or the owner(s) move, whichever comes first. To learn more, click here or contact Arthur Thomas at 703.746.3091/ arthur.thomas@alexandriava.gov

Foreclosure Prevention Resources

The Office of Housing provides referral services to partner agencies addressing a range of housing counseling needs. These include foreclosure prevention, loan default and delinquency, and reverse mortgage counseling. To learn more, contact Eric Keeler at 703.746.4990/ eric.keeler@alexandriava.gov

Refinancing or Paying off a City Loan

If you would like to refinance an existing homeownership or home rehabilitation loan that you received from the City, consult the  City of Alexandria Homeownership Loan Subordination Guidelines and contact Brandi Collins at 703.746.4990/ brandi.collins@alexandriava.gov.

If you would like to payoff an existing homeownership or home rehabilitation loan that you received from the City, please contact Cindy Metcalf at 703.746.4990/ cindy.metcalf@alexandriava.gov

Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled 

There are several City programs that provide tax relief for the elderly and disabled.

Home Rehabilitation Energy Efficiency Loan Program

This program offers eligible low- and moderate-income Alexandrians energy assessments to identify key issues and solutions, and loan funding to complete energy efficiency improvements such as air sealing, insulation, energy efficient appliances as well as heating and cooling systems. The program serves owner occupants with combined incomes below 80% of the area median income by family size (which ranged from $65,680 for a household of one to $101,280 for a household of five in 2018). Eligible households may receive no interest loans for energy efficiency improvements for their homes. Repayment of the loans is deferred for 99 years or until the property is sold or the owner(s) move, whichever comes first.To learn more, contact Arthur Thomas at 703.746.3091/ arthur.thomas@alexandriava.gov

Energy Assessments

The U.S. Department of Energy's Home Performance Program with Energy Star is now being administered in Northern Virginia by LEAP, a nonprofit which coordinates home energy upgrades, such as air sealing and insulation, in area homes. LEAP offers energy assessments to City homeowners to identify key issues and solutions, connects homeowners with available rebates and special financing options, and helps residents select a qualified contractor to complete energy efficiency improvements. For more information, contact LEAP at 434.227.4666/ info@leap-va.org.

Weatherizing and Utility Assistance

A variety of weatherization assistance programs are available to help low and moderate-income City residents weatherize their homes and reduce their monthly energy bills.    

  • Rebuilding Together Alexandria provides free home repairs and safety modifications to homeowners in need (primarily elderly and disabled residents). For more information, contact RTA at 703.836.1021/ info@rebuildingtogetheralex.org.
  • Community Housing Partners Corporation performs diagnostic tests to evaluate areas of heat loss and energy efficiency improvements, such as repairing or installing attic and wall insulation and weather striping doors. For more information, contact CHPC at 540.636.8079. 
  • To learn about utility, cooling, and heating assistance provided by the state, Dominion Energy, and the Salvation Army, click here.  

Green Building Resources

To learn more about the City's green building resources, click here.    

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