Housing is considered affordable when rent or mortgage, plus utilities, is no more than 30% of a household’s gross income. As housing costs have risen dramatically in Arlington and throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area, many people who live and work here can no longer afford adequate housing. The County works to preserve Affordable Housing in the community and to provide rental assistance to help low-income residents afford housing.
There are two types of affordable units in Arlington.
The County works to expand the supply of Committed Affordable Units (CAFs) for low- and moderate-income households. There are more than 8,000 built or approved CAFs in 70+ apartment complexes located throughout Arlington, nearly 15 percent of all apartments in the County.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates median family incomes each year, and these determine eligibility limits for affordable housing units. View the current income and rent limits for Committed Affordable Units in Arlington.
Because Arlington is a desirable community, there is a high demand for housing; this affects the availability and affordability of rental units.
View current rent data (updated quarterly).
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