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A nonprofit retirement community

Culpepper Garden is an award-winning, affordable, nonprofit residential community in Arlington with 340 apartments for seniors aged 62 and older.

In 1975, Culpepper Garden opened its first independent living residence with 204 apartments. To meet increasing demand, it added 63 independent living apartments in 1992.

Responding to the growing need for supportive services, Culpepper Garden in 2000 proudly opened its assisted living wing with 73 apartments. It was the first low-income assisted living residence of its type in the United States, and it remains the only such facility in Arlington County.

Culpepper Garden is located on five acres in the heart of Arlington. It is named in honor of Dr. Charles Culpepper, a botanist who owned the property and made it available for housing for low-income seniors. Today, Culpepper Garden is a model for senior affordable housing because of the services we provide through our extraordinary partnerships with Arlington County, state and federal agencies, the faith-based community, volunteers, and community leaders.


Culpepper Garden has been the model community providing safe, accessible, affordable housing needs for our community’s low-income elderly with top-quality services. We need your support to continue our level of care required by our most frail, low-income residents.

And the demands for our senior population are growing.

Did you know?*

Affordable, accessible, well-located housing is central to the quality of life for all ages, but especially for older adults.

In 15 years, the population aged 50 or older is expected to be 70% higher than in 2000, and one in five people will be aged 65 or older.

At current proportions, that means a vast increase in the number of low-income elderly.

The result is an urgent, rapidly growing need for support to people with age-related disabilities.

* Housing America’s Older Adults, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2014.

Culpepper Garden has been leading the way in providing affordable housing and services to seniors. With your help, Culpepper Garden will continue to be that special place that keeps our aging family members, neighbors and friends with our community.

News & Events
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The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Howard University, funded by the AARP’s Foundation, just published an important study about the population explosion among retirement-age Americans and the need for affordable housing to enjoy high-quality, independent and financially secure lives.

Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population.

To read the full study click here.
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