Affordable housing at Ramsey homes in Alexandria, Virginia

A community meeting regarding the Ramsey Homes Redevelopment project will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm at the Charles Houston Rec Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The meeting will include presentations and discussion of recent work completed by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and the City of Alexandria to jointly develop potential options for redevelopment of the Ramsey Homes site.  Community feedback regarding the options will be solicited and reported to the ARHA Redevelopment Work Group at its June meeting.

For background and past meeting information on the Ramsey Homes Redevelopment project, visit this link or ARHA/Virginia Housing Development’s project page.

Questions? Contact Nathan Imm, Urban Planner, Department of Planning and Zoning, 703.746.3845.

Helen McIlvaine imageCity Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced the appointment of Helen S. McIlvaine as Director of Housing for the City of Alexandria, effective November 23, 2015.  McIlvaine has served as Acting Director since January 1.

“Housing affordability is a top priority for City government, and Helen has been an outstanding leader on this important issue,” said Jinks. “I look forward to her continued work to ensure that a range of affordable, quality housing options is available in Alexandria.”

McIlvaine joined the Office of Housing in 2006 as Deputy Director, where she worked with the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, other nonprofit and private developers, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA), to structure and finance projects that incorporate affordable housing.  She supervised the Housing Implementation Division, which provides homeownership assistance loans for first time buyers, home rehabilitation loans and housing counseling.


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downloadUpdates on Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s huge plan to redevelop 7 ARHA sites.

(copy of RFP: ARHARFP1402)

Sites will include ANDREW ADKINS,  SAMUEL MADDEN HOMES (UPTOWN), JEFFERSON VILLAGE, HOPKINS-TANCIL COURTS, ARHA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING, CAMERON VALLEY, and LADREY HIGHRISE.  Separately, RAMSEY HOMES will not be part of the RFP and will instead be redeveloped with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) through Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

Via staff response to Councilman Wilson’s inquire on the status:

“In response to Councilman Wilson’s inquiry concerning the status of the selection by ARHA of one or more redevelopment partners, I have checked with ARHA and can report the following. The first step of the ARHA selection process (all of this process is governed by HUD procurement rules) was the issuance of a request for qualifications (RFQ) document.  Fourteen firms responded (a healthy number), and the ARHA selection panel, using preset criteria (such as experience and financial capability), winnowed the proposers down to fewer firms/partnerships.

Those firms have been notified of their status.  The next major stage of this process will be the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) document  in which ARHA will be asking for these finalists to submit specific redevelopment proposals.  I would suspect that the selection process, because of the complexity of the redevelopment, the large number of potential developers to choose from, and the fact that there are 7 sites, will take into this Fall until one or more redevelopment partners are chosen.  As this is a procurement, the release of the details of this process or the names  of the proposers are not permitted while the process is ongoing.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

We are seeking to work out a process where P&Z staff are available and utilized during this next stage of the process so that their advice is available to inform the process.  In the end any redevelopment proposal that is more than a rehab of existing units (Ladrey might be just a rehab) will require a normal DSUP application and typical public consideration processes.  If you have any questions, please let me know.”

The Reading Connection (TRC), a local literacy non-profit, is looking for new volunteers for its Read-Aloud program. TRC conducts Read-Alouds in homeless shelters and affordable housing complexes to provide children with positive and fun interactions with books and books to keep.

In February, TRC will begin a new partnership with ARHA, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and launch a Read-Aloud program at ARHA’s Ruby Tucker Center on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

If you love kids and books and can commit to reading once a month at this time and place, please go to TRC’s website at and complete the volunteer application. This is a great volunteer opportunity for both individuals and groups.

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