Residents of Southern Towers apartment complex in Virginia fear Amazon workers will replace them

The Southern Towers apartment complex is a census tract unto itself, with more than 2,600 units, and a huge bastion of affordable housing in the inner suburbs of northern Virginia.

But longtime residents — many of whom have had to rely on a federal moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic — fear they will be squeezed out when the government mandate ends, in large part to make room for high-earning tenants who will be working at Amazon’s second headquarters in nearby Crystal City.

Affordable housing is a huge concern in metropolitan Washington, and those concerns are expected to increase as Amazon moves ahead with plans to bring 25,000 workers, with an estimated average annual income of $150,000, to the area in coming years.

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Source: Associated Press – MATTHEW BARAKAT

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