Culpepper Garden Receives $2 Million In Federal Funding To Update Senior Living Facilities


Eissa Saeed
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U.S. Senate passed a HUD appropriations bill to provide housing assistance for at-risk older Americans

(ARLINGTON, Virginia) – On Friday, the United States Senate passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that will award $2.03 million to Culpepper Garden, the only affordable housing community in Arlington serving financially-vulnerable older adults. The federal funding will help Culpepper Garden take up a housing revitalization project that will make much-need updates to its Independent Living and Assisted Living wings. The updates will include a host of renovations to apartments, install elevators and walkways, and more to improve quality of living and accessibility for residents.

“We are immensely grateful to our leaders in Congress for recognizing the growing need for affordable housing for at-risk older adults. We know that stable and quality housing leads to better health outcomes for vulnerable older adults, and these earmarks will go directly towards improving our facilities and our residents’ quality of life,” said Culpepper Garden President Marta Hill Gray, “In today’s challenging economic environment, it is heart-wrenching to see so many of our residents struggling to afford housing and the care they need. This funding comes at a crucial time and will make an incredible difference for so many in need and ensure a stable home for them as they age.”

As the first assisted living facility in the country to receive federal rent subsidies from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Culpepper Garden is a model for enhancing access to specialized housing and care for older adults who need it the most. As it stands, low-cost assisted living facilities are few and far between; the current waitlist for an apartment in Culpepper Garden’s Assisted Living wing is two years long, indicating a growing need for affordable housing as America’s aging population continues to swell.

Culpepper Garden provides 346 affordable independent and assisted-living apartments for low-income older Arlingtonians and is home to a vast green space that is home to more than 30,000 daffodils and numerous native Virginia plants.

Culpepper Garden is an award-winning retirement community that provides 350 affordable living housing units with services for 365 low-income seniors over age 62. Our mission is to provide and advocate for affordable housing and quality services that help low-income seniors to thrive with comfort and dignity. Located on 4+ acres in the heart of Arlington, Culpepper Garden’s affordable, assisted living wing was the first in the U.S. and the only one that exists in Arlington. Founded 52 years ago, Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC) is the nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden. For more information visit

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