Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Hard Facts

Since we've been discussing public housing density, here is some research from the Growler plus a few calculations:

Arlington County: 0 public housing units (only Section 8 vouchers and set-asides)
Loudoun County: 0 public housing units
Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park: 0 public housing units

The only jurisdictions with public housing are:

City of Alexandria: 1,150 public housing units
Fairfax County (including Falls Church and Herndon): 1,063 public housing units

Fairfax County covers 395 square miles and had a population of 969,749 according to the 2000 Census. Public housing density across the County is therefore 2.7 units per square mile. There is roughly one public housing unit for every 1,000 residents.

The City of Alexandria covers 15.75 square miles and had a population of 128,283 according to the 2000 Census. Public housing density is 73 units per square mile and roughly one public housing unit for every 111 residents.

Feel free to correct the Growler's math ...

For Your Reading Enjoyment ...

The Growler has obtained a copy of the infamous Resolution 830 from the City Clerk. Incredibly, this resolution was passed nearly 25 years ago in 1982 and has not been revisited despite all of the economic and social changes in Alexandria over a quarter century.

Also for your reading pleasure, the Growler has scanned the 1999 Fair Share Task Force report to City Council. (Warning: this is a 16MB .pdf file.)

And for you number crunchers, here is a spreadsheet developed by Planning & Zoning listing the location and quantity of public housing units in Alexandria. This is a little out of date, since it refers to Samuel Madden Downtown instead of Chatham Square and doesn't appear to include the sites where half of the Samuel Madden residents were dispersed. But it's the best one can do, given that ARHA has no Web site. Yet.