City of Alexandria

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Fast Facts:
  • Alexandria was home to 159,467 people and 75,555 households in 2020. Since 2010, the city has added an average of 750 households and 810 housing units per year.
  • Fifty-seven percent of households were renters and 42 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Alexandria has adopted the 2030 COG housing targets and established a goal of 325 new units per year affordable at 30% to 80% of AMI.
  • Alexandria continues to exceed the annual production target of 907 units, with 1,299 new units built in 2021. Cumulatively, Alexandria has produced more than 3,200 units since 2019.
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Policy Status

Solving the region's affordable housing crisis requires a portfolio of policies to preserve existing affordable housing, produce more housing, and protect people from discrimination and displacement.

Preserve

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Preservation Inventory

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Produce

Inclusionary Housing

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Housing Trust Fund

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Tax or Fee Exemptions

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Public Land

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Affordable Housing in TOD Priority

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Protect

Affordable Housing Priority

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Prevention of Displacement Priority

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Homebuyer Assistance

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Emergency Rental Assistance

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Housing First

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Local Tenant Vouchers

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Affordable Housing in All Neighborhoods

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Housing Outcomes

Local jurisdictions submitted data to enable the region to track housing production, preservation, and rental affordability.

Structural Racism

Discriminatory actions and racist public policies have produced inequitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Washington region, including lower incomes and wealth, lower homeownership rates, and higher rates of housing cost burden.

Housing Context

Understanding how household incomes relate to the supply of affordable rental and homeownership units will inform jurisdictions' efforts to meet the current and future housing needs of residents.

Elected Officials

  1. Sarah R. Bagley

    Council Member

  2. R. Kirk McPike

    Council Member

Equity Officer

  1. Jaqueline Tucker

    Racial and Social Equity Officer

Housing Officials

  1. Helen McIlvaine

    Director of Housing

  2. Keith Pettigrew

    Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority