Arlington County

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Fast Facts:
  • Arlington was home to 238,643 people and 109,912 households in 2020. Since 2010, the county has added an average of 1,200 households and 1,400 housing units per year.
  • Fifty-seven percent of households were renters and 38 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Arlington has not adopted the 2030 COG housing targets but has established a goal for 17.7% of rental housing stock to be affordable at 60% of AMI or less and 28.4% of new ownership stock to be affordable between 80-120% of AMI by 2040.
  • Arlington continues to exceed the annual production target of 1,393 units, with 1,732 new units built in 2021. Cumulatively, Arlington has produced more than 6,500 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

Right of First Refusal

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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. Christian Dorsey

    Vice Chair

  2. Matt de Ferranti

    County Board Member

  3. Libby Garvey

    County Board Member

  4. Takis P. Karantonis

    County Board Member

Equity Officer

  1. Samia Byrd

    Chief Race and Equity Officer

Housing Official

  1. Claude Williamson

    Director, Community Planning, Housing and Development