Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, April 28, 2015, the city of Alexandria has 10, 316 affordable housing units in its inventory with 14,353 Alexandria citizens living at 60% or more below the median income. The article further states that as of October, 2014, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (a public agency whose mission is to provide sanitary, safe and affordable dwelling accommodations to persons of low income) had a voucher waiting list of 7,840 households, while there is a 6,952 household waiting list for public housing.

Beyond bricks and mortar, we are committed to the individual success of each of our residents. Our work encourages participation and leadership in our communities, enhances children’s academic achievement and self-esteem, and helps adults to become confident and educated contributors to their community.

We provide housing to 39 disadvantaged families at below market rent. Units range from 1 bedroom/1 bath to 3 bedrooms/2 bath and are priced to accommodate those families who earn 60% or less of the Alexandria median income of $117,200 for a family of four (as of 2018). You can view the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) eligibility chart here.

Those wishing to be considered for our affordable housing program may call (703) 549-4407.

Frequently Asked Questions about Affordable Housing

What is the Community Lodgings affordable housing program?

Community Lodgings owns the five properties that it rents to low-income families. We bought the properties so we could offer them for rent at below-market rates.

What are the rates of your apartments and the sizes?

Our apartments range from 1 bedroom/1 bath to 3 bedrooms/2 bath. Rates are adjusted annually but at this point the rent ranges from $958 – $1593/month.

That doesn’t sound affordable to me.

Our rates based on the  recommendations established by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. Those rates are based on market-rate rents from local, comparable housing units.

Do I qualify for Community Lodgings’ affordable housing program?

It depends on the number of people in your family and your combined income. It must equal or be less than the amounts shown in the chart below, which is based on combined household earnings of 60% or less than the median income of the surrounding area ($117,200 for a family of four annually, as of 2018).

What are your requirements if I want to apply for your affordable housing?

You  must be able to:

• Provide proof of family income from all sources

• Must be 18 years old or older, single, or a family of two or more individuals who intend to live together as a family unit

• Household contains at least one occupant who is not a student

• Pass a background/credit check

What is included in the rent?

Your monthly rent includes gas, water, common area grounds maintenance and trash removal. You will be responsible for your electric bill, cable and internet services.

How do I apply? Do you have a waiting list?

Contact our property manager, Erika Orozco, to complete an application. You can reach her at (703) 549-4407 or email her at We do keep a waiting list although our properties are full most of the time and one becomes available only occasionally. In that case we will refer to our waiting list for a new tenant.

What do I need to bring when I submit my application?

• Last two pay stubs or proof of income from all sources.

• Information/verification on all assets.

• Social Security Number or ITIN number for all applicants.

• Picture ID for all applicants over 18 years.

• Application fee of $50 per applicant who is over 18 years of age

• One month’s rent security deposit

• Sign a one-year lease agreement and yearly certifications

Why do I need to pay $50/adult applicant?

We perform background checks and reference checks on every applicant and that fee helps to cover that cost.

Where are your affordable housing apartments located?

We have five apartment complex buildings dedicated to affordable housing. They are:

3908 Elbert Avenue

3912 Elbert Avenue

3916 Elbert Avenue

607 Notabene Drive

612 Notabene Drive

All sites are located in Alexandria, VA  22305

Do you have parking?

Parking can be scarce in these areas and we can issue one parking sticker per apartment unit. We cannot issue a second sticker. Vehicles belonging to our residents must have Virginia tags or they may be towed.

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact our property manager, Erika Orozco, at (703) 549-4407 or email her at

Administrative Office

3912 Elbert Ave. Suite 108

Alexandria, VA 22305


The New Brookside Learning Center

601 Four Mile Road

Alexandria, VA 22305


Fifer Family Learning Center

607 Notabene Drive

Alexandria, VA 22305


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