Affordable Housing Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about APAH or APAH properties, please see if we’ve answered your question here. If you have a question not answered below, please contact us.


What is Affordable Housing?
According to federal guidelines, housing costs should ideally take no more than 30% of a family’s income.  However, in Arlington, high rents mean that families earning less than the area median income (AMI)—currently $107,300 annually—often spend 40%, 50%, or more of their pay on housing.  Rental housing that costs more than 30% of a family’s income is not considered affordable.

Committed affordable rental housing, like APAH’s properties, is dedicated to staying affordable for families making 60% or less of the AMI (currently $65,000 for a family of four) even as the fair-market prices for apartments increase. back to top


How much is Affordable Housing?
The exact cost of rent varies, based on the area median income, the property, and the apartment size.  The general ranges of APAH’s committed affordable rent rates are:

  • 1-bedroom: $955-$1400
  • 2-bedroom: $1200-$1500
  • 3-bedroom: $1400-$1750

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Do I qualify for Affordable Housing?
Eligibility for housing in APAH apartments varies based both on the property and on individual/family circumstances.  In the majority of APAH apartments, the approximate qualifying incomes are from $35,000-$65,000 for a family of four.  For specific questions about your eligibility for affordable housing in APAH’s communities, please contact S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. at (703) 528-8151. back to top


Where are APAH’s Affordable Housing apartments located?
APAH has 15 properties located throughout Arlington County.  Learn about our current properties. back to top


How do I apply for Affordable Housing?  Are there waiting lists?
Yes, there are usually waiting lists for apartments in most APAH properties. To apply for housing in one of our buildings, please contact S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. at (703) 528-8151. back to top