Affordable Housing In Alexandria
Virginia

54 Low Income Apartment Communities In Alexandria

Creekside Village II

7979 Janna Lee Ave
Alexandria, VA
$1,075-1,589
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Strawbridge Square Associates

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

Creekside Village I

7979 Janna Lee Ave.
Alexandria, VA
$1,075-1,589
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Annie B. Rose House

399 Pendleton St
Alexandria, VA
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Edsall Station Apartments

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

Foxchase of Alexandria

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

Mt. Vernon House

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

Potomac West

3620 Edison Street
Alexandria, VA
HCV Welcome

St. James Plaza

5140 Fillmore Avenue
Alexandria, VA
HCV Welcome

Lacy Court

4-8 West Nelson Ave
Alexandria, VA
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Alexandria

Housing Authority Programs
Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Alexandria, Virginia

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 54 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,774 affordable apartments for rent in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria features 3,713 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,061 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Alexandria.

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.1

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 $121,300

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 Alexandria HUD Rental Assistance in Alexandria

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $25,500 $29,150 $32,800 $36,400 $39,350 $42,250 $45,150 $48,050
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
80% of Median $54,350 $62,100 $69,850 $77,600 $83,850 $90,050 $96,250 $102,450
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Alexandria

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2012, 23 low income apartment communities containing 2,787 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Alexandria by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Alexandria

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
60% of Median $51,000 $58,260 $65,520 $72,780 $78,660 $84,480 $90,300 $96,120

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Alexandria is $65,520 a year, or $5,460 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,460 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,638 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $1,063 $1,138 $1,365 $1,578 $1,760 $1,942
60% $1,275 $1,366 $1,638 $1,893 $2,112 $2,330
Fair Market Rents in Alexandria

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,457 $1,500 $1,707 $2,215 $2,707