“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”
— Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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History & Accomplishments


AHS founded by a group of concerned citizens who were concerned that Arlington was becoming a place where only the affluent could afford to live. Learn about our Founders.


Arlington’s Affordable Housing Ordinance signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine.


Arlington adopts its first Accessory Dwelling Ordinance.


Arlington adopts Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan with strong protections and incentives for affordable housing.


Arlington County Board adopts its first Affordable Housing Master Plan, a component of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.


Led by AHS, housing and services advocates from across Arlington argued successfully for a $13.7 million allocation to the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (up$1.2 M from FY2016). AHS also advocated in favor of APAH’s 68-unit development in Westover.


AHS participated in the County working group that proposed updates that would streamline the requirements and allow more opportunities for residents to add accessory units. The Board adopted the changes in December. AHS supported three affordable housing developments: Queen’s Court in Rosslyn, Park Shirlington preservation, and the American Legion site on Washington Blvd.


AHS commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act by focusing the annual Thomas P. Leckey Forum on the topic of housing segregation and discrimination. Amazon announced in November that it would be opening a new headquarters in National Landing, sparking community dialogue about Arlington’s housing crisis.