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Fairfax County Adds 150 Affordable Homes for Older Adults with Grand Opening of Oakwood Meadow

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

In an effort to provide more opportunities for Fairfax County older adults to affordably age in place, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), together with development partner Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), celebrate the grand opening of Oakwood Meadow Senior Residences. Located in the Kingstowne neighborhood of Alexandria, Oakwood Meadow offers 150 one- and two-bedroom apartments to qualifying adults aged 62 and older.


A ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of Oakwood Meadow occurred on August 24, 2023. Left to right: Mitchell Crispell, Director of Real Estate, APAH; Monique Johnson, Managing Director of Community Outreach, Virginia Housing; Pallas Washington, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services; Carmen Romero, Chief Executive Officer, APAH; Rodney Lusk, Franconia District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Annie DuBois, Oakwood Meadow resident; Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Lenore Stanton, Chair, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Peter Ambrose, Bank of America; Matthew Birenbaum, Chair, APAH Board of Directors; Noah Simon, Office of Congressman Beyer.

“During the past few years, we opened or began development on more than 400 affordable homes for Fairfax County’s older adults,” said Lenore Stanton, Chair, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. “Each unit enables another older adult to age in place affordably, and to continue to contribute to the community they built.”

“Our SHAPE the Future of Aging study cited affordable housing as a barrier for older adults wishing to live in Fairfax County post-retirement. All residents deserve the opportunity to remain in their community of choice, and Oakwood Meadow is the latest example of a successful public-private partnership to boost the housing stock for this growing population,” said Rodney Lusk, Supervisor, Franconia District.


“Oakwood Meadow shows that underutilized, vacant public property can be transformed into something beautiful that serves the people of our community,” said Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “It also is an example of how affordable housing is – and can be – everywhere across Fairfax County.”


About Oakwood Meadow

Location: 5815 South Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, VA 22310

Size: 150 units of affordable older adult housing serving residents at or below 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).

Features:

  • Community amenities include a fitness center, business center with computers, multipurpose room, game room, arts and crafts room, laundry room on each floor, shuttle service, and package lockers.

  • Units feature a fully equipped kitchen with custom cabinetry, energy efficient appliances and granite countertops.

  • Located one-half mile from the Van Dorn Metro Station and one mile from the Kingstowne retail center.

Funding and Partnerships: Oakwood Meadow Senior Residences is made possible by a public-private partnership with APAH. In 2018, the FCRHA awarded APAH the rights to redevelop an underutilized stormwater retention area owned by the County into affordable apartments for independent seniors. In addition to the contribution of public land, Fairfax County and the FCRHA invested $5.25 million in local Housing Blueprint funding, nearly $12.6 million in revenue bond financing, and awarded eight federal project-based vouchers for the development. Additional financing for the development includes both four and nine percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by Virginia Housing, funding through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and nearly $30 million in equity investments from Bank of America.


Property Ownership and Management: Oakwood Meadow is owned by APAH.


How to apply: Qualified individuals can apply via the Oakwood Meadow website.


Take a look inside Oakwood Meadow






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