AHDC celebrates The Bloom and Carpenter's Shelter Groundbreaking event

"It takes a village. This is our village." - Governor Northam

On August 29th, 2018, Alexandria Housing Development corporation, along with project partners The Carpenter's Shelter, was thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Bloom and new Carpenter's Shelter.

Keynote remarks were delivered by Governor Northam and Congressman Beyer, with additional remarks from Mayor Silberberg, Dale Wittie, Director of Rental Housing Development with VHDA, and Joseph DeFelice, Regional Administrator of the Mid-Atlantic region of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Also in attendance were VA Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Mark Levine, Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, Councilman John Chapman, and Councilman Timothy Lovain.

This groundbreaking marks the start of the construction phase of The Bloom and Carpenter's Shelter, which will build a new, purpose-built homeless shelter and add 97 units of affordable housing to Alexandria. 

 

 

More photos will be added soon! Photos from AHDC/Kyle Reardon

 

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Comparing Two Alexandrias with Opportunity360

Where you live affects your economic, social, and educational outcomes. But even across town, with diminished access to affordable apartments, reduced transit connectivity, and less access to employment, outcomes can look remarkably different even for two people of the same city.

This report was created with data from the Opportunity360 platform, which shows how geographic opportunity is changed with a census-tract level analysis.

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Can Alexandria's employees afford to live here?

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released it's 2018 Out Of Reach report, detailing down to a zip-code level what hourly wage one would need to earn to not spend more than 30% of their income on rent*. As a high cost-of-living area, Alexandrians would need to make $34.48 hourly to afford rent without compromising their monthly budget, which is the second highest housing wage in the nation.

Furthermore, Alexandrians' rents are affected by the economics of the entire D.C. metro region, but their incomes are still subject to the Virginia state-wide minimum wage - meaning that Alexandrians earning Virginia minimum wage would need to somehow find a way to work 190/week to not spend more than 30% of their income on rent. At $15 an hour, it would still take roughly 97 hours a week to afford rent.

Take a look through the images below to see some analysis on what this means in our very local context, and be sure to check out the most recent Out of Reach report to see what the housing story is nationwide.

*Rent is based on the Fair Market Rent, as established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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AHDC's First Annual Resident Community Day

AHDC held its first ever Resident Community Day, an event of fun, games, food, and conversation, on June 9th. Our goal was to bring our residents together not only to talk about who we are as housing developers, but to hear first hand ideas they have as members of our community, and start conversations about what we can do to improve the resident experience. This family-friendly event also featured face-painting, sidewalk chalk and games, and a raffle for children and adults.

We couldn't have pulled this off without the legion of volunteers who showed up to hang out with residents, coordinate check in, and have some fun in the process. Thank you!

Special thanks also go out to the live band, FeelFree, and Halal Tikka Kabob food truck for helping us create a wonderful atmosphere.

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HUD FY2018 Income Limit Updates

As the cost of living changes and incomes grow, so too does the key Area Median Income (AMI) calculation that affects affordable housing operations across the nation. Effective April 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calculates the DC Metro AMI to be $117,200 for a family of four, an increase of $6,900 from the year prior. Our region has the highest AMI calculation in the nation.

AHDC has updated its AMI, Explained infographic to reflect these new numbers. You can learn more from the HUDuser.gov and the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

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