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. For more information, refer to:

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Key Reports

About the Study

The study will help the County Board adopt an updated set of housing principles, goals, targets, strategies, and priorities for the Affordable Housing Element of Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan. A community Study Working Group was appointed in 2012 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 recommended Housing Principles, Goals and Targets
  • Implement community review of recommendations
  • Develop final report of Housing Principles and Goals to be adopted by County Board as Affordable Housing Element of Comprehensive Plan