The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Wesley Housing, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and project partners gathered on January 13, 2023 to celebrate the grand opening of The Arden. This new 126-unit community, owned and operated by Wesley Housing, will serve families with household incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), with the average income served being 60% of AMI. In addition to the apartments, the Arden will serve as Wesley Housing’s new main office. This transit-oriented development, located in Mount Vernon District, is just one block from the Huntington Metro, connecting residents to employment and commercial centers throughout the area.
“The Arden is a prime example of the progress we can make as a community, with the private and public sectors working together on providing affordable housing options in vibrant neighborhoods. This inclusive community not only contains state-of-the-art affordable homes, but the amenities and resources for people to remain in their homes for years to come. As we work toward our goal of developing 10,000 new affordable homes by the year 2034, the Arden serves as a true model of innovation and partnership.” Chairman Jeffrey McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The Arden is a result of tremendous collaboration among many different organizations and funded by various local, state, federal and private sources including financial support from the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Fairfax County. In addition to its location, green building standards, and community amenities, the Arden will support households with a range of income levels and will have specific units dedicated to support individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Not only does this beautiful new building provide affordable homes for our local workforce, but it also supports our workforce as the headquarters of Wesley Housing. This is a win-win for our economy and residents. As Supervisor of the Mount Vernon District, I am thrilled to see the progress we are making on revitalizing our area and ensuring that affordable housing options are a part of this effort so that all who want to live and work here can continue to do so. My revitalization commitment to you is, ‘Leave No One Behind’.” Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck.
“The Arden demonstrates that with contributions from various sectors, we can keep making significant strides forward on developing and preserving affordable housing. Leveraging tax credits, federal and state project-based rental assistance, local funding, and much more are all key ingredients in successful projects such as the Arden.” FCRHA Chairman Melissa McKenna
Households residing at the Arden will be able to access on-site resident services provided by Wesley Housing and local nonprofit partners will provide supportive services to residents with developmental disabilities or behavioral health needs.
Visit LiveTheArden.com or WesleyHousing.org to learn more about the community.