Affordable Housing Resources

Link from this page to a range of resources that will help you better understand why affordable housing is critical to the Arlington community and how it comes to be.

Why affordable housing matters

How Housing Matters is a national initiative sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation that serves as the central source for the growing body of research on how housing matters to other pivotal drivers of individual and community success – education, health, and economic development.

AHSAdvocacyBook_thumb_boundJust the Facts: An Affordable Housing Source Book for Arlington VA makes the case for more affordable housing in Arlington in a compact format through pictures, charts and graphs, and concise, clear-language presentations of basic terms and concepts.

AHSbrochure2rev.inddVivienda para una comunidad diversa y sostenible, a Spanish-language version of an introductory brochure on Housing for a Diverse and Sustainable Community, contains key definitions, why we need it, challenges. Link here.

Housing the Region’s Future Workforce is available from George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. CRA conducts ongoing research on job and housing trends in Arlington and the region and makes their charts, indicators, presentations, and reports available at

Housing: A Critical Element to Economic Growth—a 2012 presentation for Affordable Housing Education Week, by Dr. Lisa Sturtevant.

Housing Affordability . . . It’s Good for Business is a briefing AHS prepared for the Chamber of Commerce.

Who lives in Arlington’s affordable units? In a recent survey (s=336), more than half of the residents of Arlington committed-affordable (CAF) units worked in restaurant/food service, construction, office, vehicle operation, and retail. The sample CAF family-of-four in general earned considerably less than the average Arlington family-of-four.

The need for affordable housing in Arlington

  • Arlington profile: population, employment, education, transportation, and other data
  • County fact sheet on affordable housing
  • A wealth of data in the Affordable Housing Study‘s “Key Reports

Where is Arlington’s affordable housing?

AffordableHousing_WhatIsAH_FactSheet.aiArlington County’s Affordable Housing page provides information on what affordable housing is, where to find it, and programs (grants, vouchers, transitional housing, etc.) that can help.

Click brochure image (left) for the County’s quick overview.


Housing and schools map

Affordable housing and schools

Affordable housing and civic associations

Affordable housing and civic associations

Link through thumbnails (left) for County maps displaying where committed-affordable (CAF) and market-rate affordable (MARK) housing is located in relationship to elementary schools and to civic association boundaries.


Living Near Your Work—Many Arlingtonians who moved into committed affordable housing shortened their commutes—see data and look at what some example households have saved on transportation costs.

 Issues affecting affordable housing

Link to brief overviews, with references for further reading, on—

Review the results of 2014 community polling conducted as part of the Affordable Housing Study.

What it takes to make affordable housing happen

Arlington’s low-interest revolving loan program—the Affordable Housing Investment Fund, or AHIF—is available to developers who build, renovate, and/or preserve affordable housing in Arlington and has helped create most of the 6,500 affordable units built since it was set up in 1988.  AHS’s Dollars and Sense infographic (p 2) illustrates how AHIF helps leverage other funds.

Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC) explains two complex areas in developing affordable housing: