The Institutional Partnerships Initiative encourages collaboration and potential new partnerships between affordable housing developers, the faith community, County, schools, local colleges and universities, and other community-serving institutions with support from local and national technical assistance organizations. Staff will also identify potential sites for colocation or joint development and investigate zoning/land use hurdles.
Arlington already has a rich history of creating affordable housing through its collaboration with non-profit developers, churches, and community-serving institutions. Notable successes and developments in the pipeline include the following:
- vPoint (Church at Clarendon) is a mixed-income development of 116 apartments (70 affordable and 46 market-rate) located just north of the Clarendon Metro station (completed 2010).
- The Macedonian (Macedonian Baptist Church) provides an affordable community of 36 apartments in the Nauck neighborhood (completed 2011).
- Gilliam Place (Arlington Presbyterian Church) will provide 173 low–income housing tax credit apartments on the north side of Columbia Pike (to be completed in 2019).
- Ballston Station (Central United Methodist Church) proposes to develop a community of 119 affordable apartments across the street from the Ballston Metro station (site plan approval 2017).
- The Cadence (Red Cross/Trenton Street site) will provide 97 affordable apartments on the former Red Cross site north of Route 50, on the southern edge of the Buckingham community (site plan approval 2018).
- The American Legion Post 139 (Post West 9/Post East 4) will provide, if future financing requests are approved, will provide 160 affordable rental units on the north side of Washington Blvd .3 miles north of the Virginia Square metro station.
Process and Goals
Staff is engaging with community partners to consider developing or partnering with developers to build affordable housing on their properties.
Collaborations with Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI) and the Alliance for Housing Solutions (AHS)
Status: In process
Enterprise’s FBDI provides predevelopment grants, financing products, technical assistance, and pro bono legal services to houses of worship. Local Arlington-based housing advocate AHS held a “Faith and Housing Roundtable” in late October 2018 with affordable housing developers, churches, advocates and County staff to discuss how faith communities can help address affordability needs in the County.
In partnership with both Enterprise’s FBDI and AHS, the County sponsored a half-day workshop in October for faith leaders and houses of worship to discuss ways the faith community can pursue affordable housing strategies. The workshop was attended by approximately 20 participants representing 13 houses of worship in Arlington. The workshop included an introduction to the County’s affordable housing need and Housing Arlington, a Development 101 session, and a panel discussion with local houses of worship discussing their affordable housing projects, how they got started and lessons learned.
Goals: The initiative supports the supply goal of the Affordable Housing Master Plan, to use creative partnerships in a high cost area to increase supply of rental apartments for residents of low- or moderate-income.
Research of national examples of co-location
Status: In process
Staff will research national examples of colocation and joint development of affordable housing with houses of worship, schools, other public facilities, and colleges/universities. After conducting research, staff will present its findings in a summary report.
Identify potential sites for co-location or redevelopment and investigate zoning/land use hurdles
Status: Future study
Staff will examine sites with potential for colocation of housing with other uses. Potential sites might include County-owned sites, Arlington Public Schools properties, or privately-owned sites, such as houses of worship or community-serving organizations interested in colocation. Staff will investigate zoning and land use hurdles for the potential sites. Finally, staff will develop a community process to review the sites that have been identified, coordinating with relevant advisory boards and commissions.
Timeline and Engagement Opportunities
Visit the Housing Arlington Meetings & Events page to see current engagement opportunities.