Community Need

Arlington County is one of the wealthiest, best-educated communities in the United States. It’s a desirable place to live, but it’s also one of the most expensive.

From 2000 to 2013, Arlington County lost 13,500 affordable housing units. And today, more than 7,500 low-income families and individuals in Arlington do not have access to homes they can afford.

But housing security is critical for low-income families and individuals to thrive. And, ensuring that Arlington provides adequate options and opportunities for these families and individuals is a valued characteristic of Arlington County.

In the fall of 2015, the Affordable Housing Master Plan was adopted by Arlington County, which recognizes that housing affordability is vital to the social and economic sustainability of our community.

In fact, the values that are central to the County’s vision –diversity, inclusivity, sustainability– are supported by providing a range of housing affordability. Over the next 25 years, the plan’s goal is to double Arlington’s affordable housing.