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Riad Abdulmoniem / Volunteer

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Teen Volunteer Pays It Forward

Riad is a junior in high school who volunteers with AHC’s After-School program once a week. His family’s connection to AHC’s Resident Services program began more than 15 years ago when his family arrived in Arlington from Sudan.

None of his three siblings spoke English and they found the community center at Harvey Hall to be a lifeline. “Joy Rambert (AHC Resident Services manager) and my tutors were like a second family and supported me every step,” explains Riad’s oldest brother, Abdul.

The consistent encouragement paid off. Today, Abdul has successfully graduated from medical school and is applying for residencies, his sister is pursuing a degree in dentistry and another brother is majoring in computer science at Marymount University. Riad is also exploring the idea of a medical career.

As a busy teenager, why does Riad make the time to volunteer? “Harvey Hall helps change lives,” he explains. “Volunteers helped me, my sister and my brothers get ahead. Now it’s time for me to repay the favor and pay it forward.”

Photo: Riad enjoys volunteering with AHC’s Resident Services program, which has helped his family succeed for more than 15 years. (Photo: Brian Stanton)

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Affordable Housing for Senior Citizens

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AHC’s first community for senior citizens opened in 2005.

The aging of America presents an increasing housing challenge. In the last 10 years, AHC has developed several affordable apartment communities to help older individuals maintain their independence and age in place. All provide programs and staff designed specifically to keep senior citizens active and engaged.

When it was built, Hunter’s Park was the first new construction of affordable housing in Arlington in eight years. The property provides 74 one-bedroom apartments and numerous welcoming common areas, including a living room with fireplace, library and rooftop patio. Activities abound, including exercise classes, book club, gardening workshops and special birthday celebrations. Scholarship programs for adult education opportunities are also available. The property is named for the late James B. Hunter III, a longtime supporter of affordable housing, who served as AHC’s first Board president in 1976 and also on the Arlington County Board for many years.

In 2008, AHC purchased and renovated MonteVerde Apartments in Baltimore, MD, which serves more than 300 senior citizens and physically disabled individuals. Today, AHC’s Resident Services staff help connect residents with the local services they need to live independently and improve their quality of life. The property provides a shuttle service to local retailers, a library, arts and crafts room and game room lounges, nutrition and wellness programs.

Charter House, in Silver Spring, MD, with 212 apartments for individuals aged 55 and older, became an AHC property in 2013. Located near the Silver Spring Metro station, the 14-story building is within walking distance of numerous shops and activities. AHC is creating a vibrant activities program with such partners as the Fenwick Foundation, which provides a wide variety of field trips for senior citizens. Residents are also encouraged to create additional on-site activities, which encourages more interaction and camaraderie.

Photo: Birthday celebrations are just one of the monthly activities that Hunter’s Park residents enjoy. (Photo by Brian Stanton)

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Davis Place Wins DESIGNArlington 2015 Award

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February 5, 2015 – Davis Place, a 10-unit condominium in Arlington’s Nauck neighborhood, has received a DESIGNArlington 2015 Merit Award. The biennial awards program aims to increase public awareness of outstanding design in Arlington. Davis Place, which was developed by AHC Inc., provides affordable homeownership opportunities for moderate-income families. The project was designed by Cunningham Quill Architects and built by Abramson Properties.

The three-story, burgundy and beige building is open and airy with large windows, spacious living spaces, wide kitchens, extra storage space, and outdoor living areas for each home. Six of the 10 condos are three-bedroom units with more than 1,350 square feet.  The remainder of the apartments have two bedrooms. The homes are available to first-time homebuyers who earn up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income, which is $87,360 for a family of four.

Many factors contributed to the Davis Place story – a generous donor, an impassioned community activist, a 30+ year partnership between AHC and the Nauck neighborhood, and funding support from Arlington County that helps make the homes affordable to moderate-income buyers.

The project began when AHC Inc., an Arlington-based nonprofit developer, received the property from an anonymous donor, who stipulated the land be used for affordable housing.

“The generous donation gave AHC an opportunity to focus on a challenging niche – moderate-income families who have a particularly hard time finding affordable homeownership options in Arlington,” explained Walter D. Webdale, AHC President and CEO. “We worked with Cunningham Quill to create a cohesive design that said this was a community – and not just another generic condo building that looked like apartments.”

Arlington County’s Moderate Income Purchase Assistance Program (MIPAP) is a critical part of the project’s affordability. The County’s program, which enables eligible homebuyers to receive up to 25 percent of the purchase price, covers a large amount of the down payment and closing costs and reduces the mortgage on the home to a manageable amount

The building is named in honor of Jennie Davis, an AHC founding member and a long-time affordable housing advocate. Ms. Davis lived in Nauck and was president of the Nauck Civic Association for more than 20 years. “Jennie was dedicated to making affordable housing a reality for more Arlington residents, and this building ensures her legacy lives on,” says Carlton Miller, AHC’s Vice President of Construction.

The ArlingtonDESIGN program, initiated in 2009, recognizes design work that enhances all aspects of the County’s built environment, such as notable architectural, historic preservation, landscape and public art projects. Two other AHC properties have also received recognition through the DESIGNArlington program – The Jordan in 2011 and The Shelton in 2009.

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Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 6,500 apartment units in 50 properties in Virginia and Maryland. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 2,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education programs and activities.

 

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AHC Inc. Develops or Renovates 1,500 Affordable Apartments in 2015

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(December 23, 2015 – Arlington, VA) - AHC Inc. has been busy in 2015 – working hard to bring more than 1,500 new or renovated affordable apartments to the mid-Atlantic region. We have opened the doors to two brand new apartment buildings, started or completed renovation of five existing affordable rental communities, and created new partnerships to finance and develop several additional affordable housing opportunities in the region.

AHC’s 2015 development activities include:

Arlington

We opened The Shell – a brand new apartment building that we created out of a steep hill and a gas station. Today, 83 families call this place home. And Woodbury Park, with 364 units, is under renovation. The historic renovation of the 1940s garden community is more than halfway finished, scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Alexandria

AHC’s first construction project in Alexandria, Jackson Crossing, is complete. Along with 78 affordable apartments, it also includes a roof patio and proximity to public transportation, jobs and shopping. We are delighted to partner with The Campagna Center, a long-time educational provider in Alexandria, to provide an onsite preschool. Families will start moving in this winter. AHC also closed on a new property, to be called St. James Plaza, which will transform property owned by the St. James United Methodist Church and the Bi-District Office of the Northern Virginia Methodist Church into 93 affordable apartments adjacent to market-rate homes

Montgomery County

We finished renovations at The Birches, a 228-unit apartment community in Silver Spring, which we purchased with the help of the Housing Partnership Equity Trust (HPET), a social purpose real estate investment trust. We are also renovating a senior citizen community called Charter House in Silver Spring that has 212 units.

Baltimore

We are continuing to build out a 62-acre old public housing site called Key’s Pointe. It’s an exciting project and we look forward to watching the area ultimately transform into 900 homes. The renovation of Madera, 47 units, should be completed this winter. We are partnering with HPET to purchase a 312-unit rental townhome community outside of Baltimore. Our homeownership project, MonteVerde Rowe, is growing. So far, we have sold four totally renovated homes to first-time homebuyers and we are continuing to renovate more homes on the block.

DC

Our first partnership, Lincoln Westmoreland, has 56 new units under construction and is adjacent to 108 renovated affordable apartments at the Shaw Metro station. We are working on another proposal for a large project along the Southwest waterfront.

Photo: From left to right: Key’s Pointe will ultimately include up to 900 homes (left); the renovation of Woodbury Park is expected to be completed in 2016 (center); and The Shell is now home to 83 families in Arlington (right). 

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Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 6,500 apartment units in 50 properties in Virginia and Maryland. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 2,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education programs and activities.

 

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AHC Partners with Church to Create Affordable Housing in Alexandria, VA

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(November 5, 2015 – Arlington, VA) - AHC Inc., a leading developer of affordable and mixed-income housing in the mid-Atlantic region, closed yesterday on the $8.5 million purchase of a three-acre site in the City of Alexandria’s Beauregard neighborhood.

The new development, St. James Plaza, will transform property owned by the St. James United Methodist Church and the Bi-District Office of the Northern Virginia Methodist Church into 93 affordable apartments adjacent to market-rate homes.

AHC will construct a 93-unit affordable rental building on a portion of the land and sell the balance of the site to a third party developer that will construct market-rate housing. The affordable rental apartments will be a mix of efficiencies, one-, two- and three-bedroom units at rents ranging from 40% to 60% of the Area Median Income.  The church has moved its place of worship to an adjacent property, and the office building is moving to a new location in the area as well.

“AHC has a track record of creating land for housing in innovative ways,” said AHC President and CEO Walter D. Webdale. “Combining forces with an established community organization like St. James to carve out a viable parcel of land – particularly in a neighborhood like Beauregard that is losing so many affordable places to live – is a great opportunity.”

The new affordable units will be a welcome addition to Alexandria’s Beauregard neighborhood, which has lost a large number of low- and moderate-income apartments to new development over the last few years.

“The City is glad to be collaborating with nonprofit partners, like AHC, to develop 93 new units of affordable housing,” said Helen McIlvaine, acting director of the City’s Office of Housing.  “The St. James Plaza project will provide an important housing resource, including deeply subsidized units, for residents of the adjacent Beauregard area who may be impacted by future redevelopment.  This project successfully implements strategies proposed in the 2012 Beauregard Plan and the 2013 Housing Master Plan.”

The property, 5000 and 5001 Echols Avenue, is located in Alexandria’s west end adjacent to the neighborhoods included in the Beauregard Small Area Plan. The site sits across the street from the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Center and is within a quarter mile of the bustling Mark Center. Local schools, retail amenities and Inova Hospital are all within a two-mile radius.

The affordable building will include underground parking, a fitness center, and a community room for residents. AHC is also hoping to include space to provide early childhood services to children living in both the affordable building and the surrounding community.

The high-quality building will include Energy Star-certified kitchen appliances, high-efficiency, individually controlled HVAC systems, carpeted floors, and ceramic tile.

The land purchase is financed with a senior loan from NeighborWorks Capital and a subordinate loan from the City of Alexandria. The affordable housing development received an award of 9% competitive Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) in June 2015.

Construction is expected to begin in fall 2016.

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Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 6,500 apartment units in 50 properties in Virginia and Maryland. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 2,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education programs and activities.