Arlington affordable housing applications flood new apartment complex

Arlington's rents are among the highest in the region on average. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The crunch for affordable housing in high-rent Arlington is so great that an apartment complex received thousands of applications for just 122 affordable apartments at a new complex, the Washington Post reports.

The Arlington Mill Residences, an affordable apartment community that's still under construction on Dinwiddie Street near Columbia Pike, began accepting applications for a lottery on Aug. 27. By Sept. 6, the complex had received more than 3,600 applications.

Arlington County officials told the Washington Post that the demand is not unexpected and that it marks a "dramatic rise in demand" for reasonably priced housing in the county.

Construction on the complex, which according to county officials will include 8 studio, 16 one-bedroom, 73 two-bedroom and 25 three-bedroom units, is slated to open in January of 2014.

Maximum income restrictions at the complex vary, running as low as just over $30,000 for one person to up to $74,000 for six people living in one unit.

County data shows that the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Arlington reached $1,615 in 2011. Rents for one-bedroom units at Arlington Mill run as low as $926, according to its website.