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Affordable Housing In Alexandria

54 Low Income Apartment Communities In Alexandria

Creekside Village II

7979 Janna Lee Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
1-3 BR


3521 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Strawbridge Square Associates

5128 Lincoln Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Creekside Village I

7979 Janna Lee Ave.
Alexandria, Virginia
1-3 BR

Annie B. Rose House

399 Pendleton St
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1 BR

Edsall Station Apartments

6272 Edsall Rd
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Foxchase of Alexandria

766 N Howard St
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Mt. Vernon House

8199 Tis Well Dr
Alexandria, Virginia
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Potomac West

3620 Edison Street
Alexandria, Virginia

St. James Plaza

5140 Fillmore Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia

Housing Authorities that serve Alexandria

Housing Authority Programs
Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Moderate Rehabilitation; Homeownership; Family Unification Program (FUP)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Alexandria, Virginia

There are 54 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,774 affordable apartments for rent in Alexandria, Virginia.

Income Based Apartments in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria features 3,713 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Alexandria, Virginia

There are 3,061 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Alexandria.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Alexandria, Virginia

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Alexandria landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Alexandria.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Alexandria, Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,589 and $1,942.

2021 Alexandria, Virginia Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Alexandria, Virginia Fair Market Rent $1,513 $1,548 $1,765 $2,263 $2,742
Alexandria, Virginia Payment Standard Range $1,362 to $1,664 $1,393 to $1,703 $1,589 to $1,942 $2,037 to $2,489 $2,468 to $3,016

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Alexandria, VA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 54
Total Low Income Apartments 6,774
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,713
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.52%
Average Renter Household Size 2.25
Average Household Size 2.21
Median Household Income $89,134 ±$2,597
Median Rent $1,555 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.45% ± 2.1pp
Total Population 149,315

Population and Household Demographics

Alexandria is a city in Virginia with a population of 149,315. There are 66,879 households in the city with an average household size of 2.21 persons. 57.52% of households in Alexandria are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Alexandria

The median gross income for households in Alexandria is $89,134 a year, or $7,428 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,555 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Alexandria, a household making less than $5,183 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.45% of households who rent are overburdened in Alexandria.

Area Median Income In Alexandria

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Alexandria, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $129,000

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Alexandria

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Alexandria

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Alexandria AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$27,100 $31,000 $34,850 $38,700 $41,800 $44,900 $48,000 $51,100
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Alexandria AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$45,150 $51,600 $58,050 $64,500 $69,700 $74,850 $80,000 $85,150
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Alexandria AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$57,650 $65,850 $74,100 $82,300 $88,900 $95,500 $102,100 $108,650