Affordable Housing Study

The County is conducting a three-year study to create a shared community vision for affordable housing in Arlington. The Affordable Housing Study will assess current housing conditions and identify the needs and funding strategies that will ensure Arlington remains a diverse, inclusive and sustainable community for people at all income levels and stages of life. The community review of the draft Affordable Housing Master Plan and draft Implementation Framework consists of a variety of events and meetings throughout the spring of 2015.

DRAFT Documents for review NEW!

March 28 Community Forum

Key Reports

Additional Documents

About the Study

The study will help the County Board adopt an updated affordable housing policy as an element of Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan. A community Study Working Group was appointed in 2013 to help inform and guide decisions. The study will:

  • Examine existing principles, goals and targets
  • Assess current programs and resources
  • Identify needs and gaps in the provision of affordable housing
  • Develop short, mid- and long-term goals
  • Identify policy issues, funding priorities and strategies
  • Present recommendations to the County Board

Preliminary Data Report


Washington Post Article:
Housing Costs Outpace Wages in Arlington





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 – June 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.