Chief Executive Officer


Keith Pettigrew
Keith Pettigrew

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) is pleased to welcome Mr. Keith Pettigrew as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mr. Pettigrew joins ARHA with a history of success in a variety of executive roles throughout his esteemed career as a public sector executive, including more than 15 years in the public housing arena.

Most recently, Mr. Pettigrew has served as the Senior Management Advisor and Senior Deputy Director for Human Resources at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). Prior to this, he served as the Deputy General Manager for Operations for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) where he was a member of a team responsible for the turnaround of HANO from a “troubled” agency under administrative receivership to “standard” performer in 3 years. He began his career in housing with a receivership team at DCHA in 2000, having held several management positions in the agency.

In addition to his positions in public housing agencies, Mr. Pettigrew has served as a subject matter expert and conducted operational assessments and provided technical assistance for various Housing Authorities and Community Development Agencies throughout the country, including Harrisburg, PA, Cincinnati, OH, Honolulu, HI, Brownsville, TX, Amarillo, TX, Gary, IN, and Pinal County, AZ. Mr. Pettigrew has also held various management positions in the District of Columbia Government, including Labor Relations Officer, the Assistant Director of Personnel and Deputy General Manager for a federal receivership of the Division of Transportation, in which he led it from one of the worst agencies in the country to one of the best.

He is a native Washingtonian, a product of public housing, and a graduate of DC Public Schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in sociology with a concentration in law, and his law degree all from the George Washington University. His career achievements, including the guidance he has provided to numerous housing authorities and his major roles in the successful turnaround of three (3) receivership situations, have earned him a reputation as a “change agent”.

“My mother raised me and my siblings to always help people," said Mr. Pettigrew. "I have a passion for working in public housing because it provides me with the opportunity to improve the quality of life for people in need and to serve as an example to the residents that through hard work you can achieve your goals and dreams. I am extremely excited about the opportunity at ARHA and I look forward to working with ARHA staff, the Board of Commissioners, our residents, City representatives and staff, including the Mayor and City Council, as well as other community members and stakeholders, as we all work toward maximizing ARHA’s potential and making it a national leader in affordable housing”.

"On behalf of our Board of Commissioners, I am excited to introduce Mr. Pettigrew to the community as our new CEO," said Daniel Bauman, Chairman. "Mr. Pettigrew brings the operational expertise that we were seeking in a candidate and we are confident that he will serve as a great ambassador for ARHA throughout the City of Alexandria and beyond. We expect that his history of success will continue, as we work together to further our mission to provide affordable housing within our community".




Welcome to the website of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) offering housing to all families regardless of race, color, creed, familial status or national origin based on income.

ARHA works hard to transform neighborhoods in Alexandria. We provide great new and renovated homes for people who need them. To accomplish this goal we must have the cooperation of our residents. One major standard that we must enforce is the "Suitability for Occupancy" our residents must meet the suitability criteria and maintain it. We often have to dispel the myth that eligibility and occupancy is based only on income and the ability to pay. Income and the ability to pay is only one standard. Suitability, eligibility and continued occupancy are based on current and past behavior for five (5) years.

  • Other standards that must be followed to enjoy continued occupancy in one of ARHA's units include:
  • Criminal Activity- Not engaging in any criminal activity on or off ARHA property.
  • Drug Related Activity- Not engaging in any drug related criminal activity on or off ARHA property.
  • Domestic Violence – Not engaging in domestic violence. The abuser male or female will be removed from the property.
  • Housekeeping – Residents are obligated to keep their units clean and safe.
  • Ability to maintain Unit- Report maintenance needs in a timely manner.
  • Receive no less than three (3) 2130 Lease Violations.
  • Be a good neighbor- Do not interfere with the rights and peaceful enjoyment of others and do not damage other's property or ARHA's property.
  • Pay rent and other charges as required by your lease on time.

The above list is meant to highlight some of the major rules and program requirements that we must follow in order to continue providing our residents with quality housing. In these challenging economic times for housing and jobs, we strengthen our commitment to our residents to provide safe and affordable housing.

In closing, suitability refers to identifiable character traits and conduct sufficient to decide whether an individual or family is likely or unlikely to fulfill and maintain the rules and requirements of ARHA and HUD. All ARHA residents must remember: "Occupancy is not an Entitlement".



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