The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) is a political subdivision and a non-funded administrative agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The authority is an independent agency, but City Council appoints its Commissioners. ARHA was formed in 1939 to provide safe, sanitary, and decent housing to low-income citizens within the City of Alexandria, as well as services to foster self-sufficiency. ARHA is the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Housing Award from the Governor of Virginia for the best mixed-used or mixed-income project. ARHA currently manages several federal, local, and private grants valued at over 26 million dollars. An outgrowth on the agency’s 2013 Strategic plan was a goal of creating an environment where the resident population can aspire to achieve self-sufficiency and self-determination leading to an improved quality of life. ARHA hopes to increase the level of prosperity among disadvantaged individuals and businesses resulting from a commitment to economic empowerment.