Affordable Housing Study

Housing affordability is vital to the social and economic sustainability of our community. Arlington is planning for the next generation of affordability which benefits our community as a whole – it supports our people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy.

Latest News

  • We are in the final stages of reviewing the draft documents. Throughout July, the team will take a closer look at important issues like geographic distribution and housing supply targets.
  • Now is the time to make sure your input is part of the plan. There are multiple ways to learn more and provide feedback:
    • Attend one of three community open houses (July 25, 27 or 28) in locations throughout the County.
    • Can’t attend an open house? Participate in an online survey. The link will be posted here July 25 – August 1.
    • Contact us to share your feedback.
    • Find us on social media: Twitter | Facebook
  • At their June 13 meeting, the Arlington County Board set September public hearings for the proposed Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. The hearings, before the Planning Commission and the County Board, will be the culmination of a three-year community planning effort.


Visit the Affordable Housing Study Documents page for:

  • Key Reports & Study Findings
  • Meeting Materials
  • Additional Resources

About the Study

The County Board initiated the Affordable Housing Study in 2012 to evaluate existing policies; assess current programs and resources; and identify needs and gaps in provisions for affordable housing. The result will be a set of goals and policies that further the community’s values of diversity, inclusivity, choice and sustainability. These values are central to the County’s vision and help make Arlington a desirable place to live, work, learn and play.

The County Manager appointed an 18-member Working Group to work with County staff to shape the community’s affordable housing vision.  In July 2015, the County Board will consider adoption of the Affordable Housing Master Plan as an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan and the Implementation Framework as administrative guidance.

Study Timeline

July 2012 – December 2013

  • Hold community forum on Housing Study Scope and Process
  • Develop Charge for the Study and report to County Board
  • Establish staff Technical Working Group
  • Develop Community Engagement Plan
  • Develop Stakeholder Network
  • Complete Preliminary Data Report
  • Develop updated affordable housing principles
  • Hold community forum on Preliminary Report and Housing Principles

January 2014 – August 2014

  • Conduct housing needs survey; compile and analyze results
  • Begin assessment of current strategies/program approaches; determine evaluation criteria and methodology
  • Review best practices
  • Complete preliminary report on housing needs, with community review
  • Complete assessment of strategies/program approaches, with community review

September 2014 – July 2015

  • Develop draft Affordable Housing Master Plan and draft Affordable Housing Implementation Framework
  • Implement community review of draft documents
  • Develop final draft Affordable housing Master Plan to be adopted by County Board as Affordable Housing Element of Comprehensive Plan