Arlington Celebrates Affordable Housing

Press Release from Arlington County:


Arlington Celebrates Affordable Housing Month

  • October is Affordable Housing Month
  • Exploring a greater diversity of housing in the County
  • Speakers, tours and a design gallery highlighting the “Missing Middle Housing”

October is Affordable Housing Month in Arlington, a month-long celebration of the County’s long-term commitment to preserving and creating housing opportunities that benefit the whole community.

The public is invited to take a bus tour of affordable housing developments around the County, participate in an affordable housing forum and view a traveling design gallery highlighting the potential of “Missing Middle Housing” that falls between single-family homes and mid-rise buildings.

“For decades, we have invested in our affordable housing programs to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community,” said County Board Chair Libby Garvey. “These efforts support our residents at all ages and stages of life, improve our neighborhoods and strengthen our economy. This October, we give special focus to exploring a greater diversity of housing types in the County and how that can benefit all residents.”

2016 Affordable Housing Month events:

  • Affordable housing bus tour around Arlington — Oct. 8
  • Leckey Forum on “Finding the Missing Middle – Expanding Middle-Income Housing Options,” presented by The Alliance for Housing Solutions and featuring housing expert Daniel Parolek as the keynote speaker — Oct. 13
  • Traveling gallery of design examples featuring elements of “Missing Middle” housing — Oct. 15 at Live-In Arlington Info Fair
  • Traveling gallery of design examples featuring elements of “Missing Middle” housing — Oct. 25 at Langston Brown Community Center

Visit the Affordable Housing Month webpage for a details.

Affordable Housing Statistics

  • Affordable Housing Month 2016 focuses on creating affordable rental and homeownership housing opportunities for middle-income households (between 80-120 percent of average median income).
  • Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) is funded at a level of $13.72 million for FY2017. AHIF is the County’s main financing program for affordable housing development. The fund is comprised of local and federal dollars and is also supported by loan repayments and developer contributions.
  • More than 7,500 committed affordable units (CAFs) are open or have been approved in more than 70 apartment complexes throughout Arlington; 1,200 of these CAFs have been added in the last five years. CAFs now make up 14 percent of the multi-family rental stock.
  • The County has reduced the number of homeless people in shelters or on the streets by more than half in the past five years.

Media Contacts

Jessica Margarit, 703-228-3551

Gina Wimpey, 703-228-3252

Westover Farmers market has a new vendor for your four legged friends.

The Westover Farmers market (which I am pleased to be a sponsor of) has a new vendor for your furry friend. Dog Bark has hand crafter natural treats for dogs. No wheat, corn, soy or gluten. You  can visit their website at or better yet come to the farmers market this Sunday. You can’t bring your dog into the market but because they are right at the Washington Blvd entrance you can bring your furry friend into their booth.
The Farmers market is located in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington, Va and the entrance is on the corner of Washington Blvd and McKinley.




Teddy the dog approves!img_7182

From the Anything Can happen File

I was enjoying a very nice dinner with friends at Sfizi in Falls Church City. It’s a lovely little Italian restaurant with an excellent menu, great service and a nice wine list. We were just into desert and one of the patrons stood up (I think he must have known the owner) and gave us this wonderful performance. How lucky for us.

Arlington, Va remains committed to Affordable Housing

Due to the popularity of the schools, the shopping (Italian Store, Lebanese Taverna, Lost Dog Pizza, The Westover Farmers Market and more) and reasonable proximity to metro and Bus Transit Westover has become a hot real estate market. It’s good to see the county recommitting to providing affordable housing in this area.

Arlington County Board Moves to Preserve 68 Affordable Westover Units

  • Allocates $10.9 million for Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • Retaining long term affordable housing opportunities in Westover
  • Units to remain affordable for 60 years
  • APAH plans purchase and renovations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The Arlington County Board today moved to preserve 68 affordable apartments in the Westover neighborhood, approving a $10.9 million Affordable Housing Investment Fund allocation to the non-profit Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). The loan and associated documents will be considered by the Board in December.

APAH will use the proposed loan to help it buy market-rate units within eight apartment buildings. The affordable housing developer intends to renovate the units and guarantee their affordability to families earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income for 60 years.

“The Board’s action will help preserve both these affordable apartments and a beloved neighborhood, where we want to keep a range of housing affordability,” said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. “This allocation of funds implements goals of the County’s Affordable Housing Master Plan, which calls for preserving our existing stock of affordable homes.”

The Westover neighborhood has nearly 700 garden apartments, built in the 1940s, that are listed as contributing resources to the Westover National Register District. Of those units, 223 are currently committed affordable units. The nearly 470 others are market rate affordable units. In the past few years, 62 market rate affordable units in Westover have been demolished for the development of by-right luxury townhomes.

In recent months, a number of community members have expressed a desire to preserve both these historic buildings and their affordability. The County is conducting aneighborhood study for its consideration as a local historic district.

The County Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the allocation.


The units currently are market rate affordable, meaning they are affordable to low-income households as a result of market pricing rather than local, state or federal affordability or income requirements. The Board’s action today is the first step in guaranteeing the affordability of the units, adding them to Arlington’s long-term committed affordable unit inventory.

The units, which APAH will purchase between late September 2016 and January 2017, would eventually – upon tenant turnover — be income-restricted to households earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) and below. There will be no tenant relocation at this time. Before the renovations, APAH will develop a relocation plan and present it to the tenants and the County’s Tenant-Landlord Commission.

Upgrading every unit

APAH plans to substantially renovate all 68 apartments, beginning no earlier than fall 2017, and may enlarge existing units and/or add a few new ones.

Affordable Housing Investment Fund

The Affordable Housing Investment Fund, a revolving loan fund, is the County’s main financing program for affordable housing development. Since its creation in 1988, the fund has helped create the majority of Arlington’s 7,500 affordable rental units that benefit low-income households. It provides incentives for developers through low-interest loans for new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing.

The fund is comprised of local and federal dollars and is also supported by loan repayments and developer contributions. For many projects, $1 of public funds can leverage $3 in private funds invested in the community. Learn more about funding affordable housing.

For more information, view item No. 57 on the September 24 County Board Meeting Regular Agenda.

Media Contacts
Jessica Margarit
Gina Wimpey
Arlington County Government


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Open House N. Arlington, near metro.

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Arlington, Va Real Estate Market Statistics for August 2016

Below are the most recent available monthly real estate statistics for Arlington County. In general year of year numbers are positive. Inventory continues to fall short of last years numbers. This along with continuing low interest rates is bolstering the average sold price. Higher priced Arlington homes are also contributing to higher total volume. 66 homes (64 detached and 2 attached) with 4 or more bedrooms closed in August. This is up from the 55 in the same period last year. The average sale price for the detached homes was $1,088,396, up almost 3% from last year. The softest spot seems to be in the lower end detached which saw small decrease in the average sales price and the condo/townhome 1-2 bedroom market which saw the average sales price fall to $481,800 from last years $550,422 for the 6 units sold. This is a snapshot of all inventory in Arlington real estate that was listed in the MLS. To get a true market analysis for your property, it’s important to look at zip codes, neighborhoods, commutes, metro access etc. When purchasing or selling a home, the only important numbers are those that a true comparables to that specific property. For other Northern Virginia Statistics or questions about your community or home, contact me at 571-228-5656august2016marketstats