Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) owns and manages public housing in the City of Alexandria. ARHA also administers the federal Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly known as the Section 8 program.) Both programs have waiting lists maintained by ARHA. ARHA owns almost 1200 housing units in the City of Alexandria, most of which were built or acquired using federal public housing funds. These units include townhouses, apartments and condominium units and are located throughout the City. Public housing residents pay 30% of the household's adjusted income for rent.
ARHA also administers the Federal Housing Choice Voucher rental subsidy program (formerly knows as the Section 8 Program) for the City of Alexandria. Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program receive assistance to rent privately-owned housing units that are located in apartment complexes, condominiums, townhouses, or single-family homes. For more information contact ARHA directly at (703) 549-7115. Additional information can be found on ARHA's website at http://www.arha.us.
Privately Owned Subsidized Housing
Some multifamily apartment complexes participate in federal programs that are subsidized through programs that allow eligible households to pay 30% of their income for rent. The subsidy is assigned to the unit, and is available only while the individual or family lives at that property. Households cannot take the rental subsidy with them if they move. These programs are administered directly at each property, and interested persons should contact individual properties for information on availability or waiting lists.
Annie B. Rose*
399 Pendleton Street
417 East Bellefonte Avenue
310 Ripley Street
320 North Jordan Street
Olde Towne West
510 South Alfred Street
608-610 North Payne Street
* Serves elderly households (62 and older) ** Serves people with specific disabilities
Other Assisted Housing and Affordable Rental Programs
Through participation in a variety of federal, state and local programs, some complexes offer affordable rents to eligible low and moderate-income households. Although these properties do not base rents on the income of each household, rents are restricted and affordable to people within the eligible income categories that the property serves. These rents are below most area rents, and these properties also accept tenants assisted through the Housing Choice Voucher program.
831-833 Bashford Lane
Beverly Park Apartments
627 Notabene Drive
375 South Reynolds Street
3908-3916 Elbert Avenue
607/612 Notabene Drive
Fields of Alexandria
4309 Duke Street
Fields at Landmark
318 South Whiting Street
Fields of Old Town
1203 North Quaker Lane
Lacy Court Apartments
1502-1516 Commonwealth Avenue
4-8 West Nelson Avenue
5380 Holmes Run Parkway
Park Center II
3001 Park Center Drive
101 North Ripley Street
Potomac West Apartments
3620 Edison Street
The Station at Potomac Yard
650 Maskell Street
Affordable Rental Set-Aside Program
A limited number of discounted units in some newly constructed rental developments are provided through the Affordable Rental Set-Aside program under City's Affordable Housing Policy. Units designated as affordable set-asides have long-term affordability requirements, are discounted by the developer to levels affordable to low and moderate income renters, and rents and income limits are monitored by the City. The units are rented directly from each participating property, and interested persons should contact these properties directly to determine availability. When new units are added to the program in newly constructed properties, the Office of Housing notifies interested persons by email. To be added to the list for notification, send a request from the email address to be added to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to update your email address when changes occur to remain on the list.
4390 King Street
2251 Eisenhower Avenue
4380 King Street
Meridian at Eisenhower Station
2351 Eisenhower Avenue
North Hampton Place
3101 North Hampton Drive
260 Yoakum Parkway
Del Ray Central
3050 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Where are rental Committed Affordable Units located?
Committed Affordable Units are located in various apartment communities
throughout Arlington County.
What are the income requirements?
Many units have a maximum income allowed of 60 percent of the local median
income, varying by number of people in the household. Contact the individual
apartments to inquire about income requirements.
How do I find a vacant Committed Affordable Unit?
To aid households in locating affordable housing, Arlington County's Housing
Division publishes a monthly Committed Affordable Unit vacancy list. To request a
copy, call us 703-228-3765 or email at HousingDivision@arlingtonva.us.
County-funded rental subsidy program for older
adults, people with disabilities and working families
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
Federal government's major program for assisting
very low-income families, older adults and people
with disabilities to afford decent, safe and sanitary
Street Outreach and Engagement Services
Staff from these programs go into the community to
connect with persons living on Arlington streets, in
parks, under bridges and in encampments.
Emergency Shelters for Singles and Families
Non-profits provide emergency shelter to Arlington
residents without permanent housing.
Individuals and families that participate in
transition-in-place programs maintain their housing
at the completion of the program.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Rental assistance coupled with case management
services for individuals who are homeless and have a
2014 Real Estate Tax Relief
The program provides an exemption and/or deferral
of real estate taxes for qualified Arlington
homeowners age 65 and older and certain disabled
For more information, contact the Department of
Human Services (DHS) via email at
email@example.com or call 703-228-1350.
Affordable Dwelling Unit Program
The Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program enables eligible first time homebuyers and renters with moderate incomes the opportunity to purchase or rent newly constructed or resale ADUs. For information please call 703-248-5005.
Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Rental Program www.loudoun.gov/adu
Provides qualified households with an opportunity to lease an apartment for a lower rental rate than typical market rents within select communities located throughout Loudoun County. The ADU waitlist is open. Household income must be between 30%-50% AMI.*
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program www.loudoun.gov/hcv
Provides income eligible families, elderly persons, and persons with disabilities with rent subsidies to maintain affordable and suitable housing. The HCV waitlist is closed. Household income must be at or below 50% AMI. *
Loudoun County Apartment Rental Guide www.loudoun.gov/apartmentguide
Comprehensive guide prepared annually by the Division of Housing and Community Development. Includes information on location, unit size, average rents, and amenities for apartment complexes throughout Loudoun County.
*AMI = Area Median Income. For current income guidelines, visit www.loudoun.gov/ami.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)
Federal funding rental assistance program where tenants pay between 30-40 percent of their adjusted gross income to rent a unit www.pwcgov.org/housing Contact Tynnell Dunaway at 703-792-4387 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a free housing locator service sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority to provide detailed information about rental properties and help people find housing to best fit their needs. The service can be accessed at no cost online 24 hours a day or through a toll-free, bilingual (English and Spanish) call center at 1-877-428-8844, available M-F, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EDT. The fast, easy-to-use FREE search lets people look for rental housing using a wide variety of criteria and special mapping features.
CATHOLICS FOR HOUSING Downpayment Assistance Program
CFH is a non-profit, nondenominational organization and the administrator of the downpayment assistance program, funded by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development. Funds may be used in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Counties and the cities and towns therein. It's designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low to moderate income households. Access the CFH VaNo DPA application at www.catholicsforhousing.org or contact Susan Wood
Catholics for Housing, Inc.
18139 Triangle Shopping Plaza, Suite 209
Dumfries, VA 22026-2582
VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
Financial Education & Housing Counseling Program
Whether you are thinking about buying your first home, are experiencing financial hardship, need information about tenant rights, or you just want to learn how to manage your money better, VCE has an opportunity for you. Monthly workshops in personal finance and first-time homebuyer education seminars are available throughout the county. An individual financial assessment can get you started on the road to effective money management. Foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgage services are provided in confidential sessions with a Certified Housing Counselor.
VCE is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.
Smart Money Management
Get back to basics and improve your money management skills. During this workshop you will:
Examine your spending habits
Realize the importance of setting financial goals
Learn how to determine net worth and cash flow
Understand how to manage credit and debt
Discover the steps involved in establishing a spending plan
Am I Ready to Buy a House?
Learn what's really involved in buying a house and whether you're ready for the responsibility. This workshop will help you discover:
The importance of establishing a spending plan
The monthly payment that fits into your budget
The sales price that's affordable for you
The costs associated with pre-approval
The effect of your credit history on your ability to qualify for a loan
Home Ownership Seminar
Make your first-time home buying experience successful by being informed about the process and responsibilities of homeownership. Examine the home buying process starting with pre-purchase planning and understanding credit. Learn how to choose the right mortgage type, find a real estate agent you can trust, benefit from a home inspection and select a closing agent.
Seminars are held on Saturday; lunch break included; feel free to bring snack/drink.
A VHDA certificate is issued at the completion of the Home Ownership Seminar.
Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act. Protect your rights by becoming educated about the legal eviction process. This workshop will highlight:
The eviction process
Financial Assessment Clinic
Find out where your money goes, plan for significant life changes, compute your net worth and determine your cash flow. Meet one-on-one with a counselor to examine your income, expenses, assets and debt. Together, you will develop a plan of action to reach your goals. Financial Assessments are conducted by appointment on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Call 703-792-4765 to schedule an appointment
If you're serious about buying a house, but have some barriers to overcome, join the Homebuyer Club. Each month, industry professionals from your community will provide information related to homeownership with the goal of obtaining loan approval within 14 months. You will also have the opportunity to meet individually with a Housing Counselor to work on specific issues. Enjoy a meal, share ideas with others in the club, play games and win door prizes as you become an informed homebuyer!
Individual counseling is available in conjunction with workshops and seminars.
Foreclosure prevention services assist borrowers with loan modification, repayment plan, short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure.
Certified Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Counselor on staff to provide reverse mortgage counseling.
Post-purchase counseling available to new home buyers.
Call 703-792-8082 to leave a message with your registration information
Except where noted, locations are as follows:
McCoy Conference Room
7987 Ashton Avenue
Manassas, VA 20109
Leesylvania Conference Room
15941 Donald Curtis Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
FIRST HOME ALLIANCE
First Home Alliance 3138 Golansky Blvd. #202, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
Phone: (703) 580-8838
VIRGINIA INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS (VIDA)
The Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA) program is for individuals saving for a down payment on a home, business equipment and inventory or post-secondary education tuition payments. Eligible participants receive training, support and $2 in match funds for every $1 the participant saves, up to $4,000 in match. To become a VIDA saver, call 1-888-VIDA-WIN to find a local VIDA service provider near you. Intermediaries determine eligibility, and then work with enrolled savers to prepare them to achieve their goal of homeownership, post-secondary education or business start-up or expansion. VIDA receives funding from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Community Services' Assets for Independence Grant (AFI). http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/business-va-assistance/startingexpanding-a-business/virginia-individual-development-accounts-vida-business.html