Alexandria Launching New Public Process on Affordable Housing Policy

City of Alexandria and Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Launch Public Consultation Process on Affordable Housing Policy

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Alexandria Launching New Public Process on Affordable Housing Policy

In January 2018, the City of Alexandria, Virginia and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) will begin an effort to review and modernize their joint commitment to a policy requiring replacement of public housing and publicly-assisted units that are demolished or redeveloped.

This commitment, first memorialized in 1972 in a document known as Resolution 99 and then in 1981 in a document known as Resolution 830, also requires that ARHA and its development partners relocate public housing residents displaced by demolition and redevelopment activities. There are approximately 1,150 public and publicly-assisted housing units in Alexandria protected by Resolution 830.

Local and federal policies, programs, partners and funding sources have evolved significantly since Resolutions 99 and 830 were adopted. With several ARHA properties planned for redevelopment in the next few years, the City and ARHA will undertake a community engagement process to consider current best practices, development and funding tools, and how they can be applied to future affordable housing development.

As part of the public consultation process, the City and ARHA have established the Resolution 830 Working Group, a diverse group of stakeholders who will help develop recommendations for consideration in spring 2018 by the ARHA Board of Commissioners and the Alexandria City Council. The public is encouraged to participate by attending meetings and providing input during public discussion periods. Questions and comments will also be taken throughout the public consultation process.

The first of four public meetings will be held January 10, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the ARHA Administrative Building (401 Wythe St.) The meeting topic will be “Current Context of Public Housing Funding: Existing Resolution 830 Policy.” For information about upcoming meetings, the Working Group, and Resolution 830, visit this link.