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City of Alexandria

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Fast Facts:

  • Alexandria was home to 155,525 people and had 80,361 housing units in 2022. Since 2010, Alexandria has added an average of 1,300 people and 700 housing units per year.
  • Fifty-seven percent of households were renters and 44 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Alexandria did not meet the annual production target of 907 units, with 409 new units built in 2023. Cumulatively, Alexandria has produced at least 6,655 units since 2019, exceeding its 5-year target of 4,535.
  • Alexandria adopted the 2030 COG housing targets and established a goal of 325 new units per year affordable at 30% to 80% of AMI.
Sources: Census Population and Housing Unit Estimates, Decennial Census, American Community Survey (2018-22), and the HIT survey of local jurisdictions.
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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.

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Preservation Inventory - Subsidized

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Preservation Inventory - Unsubsidized

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Homeowners

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades of Affordable Housing

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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.

Equity Officer

  1. Dr. Emerald Christopher

    Racial and Social Equity Officer

Housing Official

  1. Helen McIlvaine

    Director of Housing