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AHC and Montgomery County Work Together to Provide Homes for the Formerly Homeless

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Along with developing affordable rental communities, AHC Inc. also works with local communities on initiatives that help provide housing for people struggling with severely challenging issues – homelessness, abuse, or disabilities.  These activities include providing permanent supportive housing units at many of our communities in Arlington and including ADA-accessible apartments when constructing or redeveloping a community.

Recently, AHC worked with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) and its affiliate affordable housing developer Coalition Homes (CH) to respond to the growing need for homes for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

The partnership had its roots in a 2009 transaction that enabled AHC, in conjunction with Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs, to purchase six, two-bedroom condominium units in Gateway Commons in Clarksburg, MD. The acquisition preserved the town house units as moderately priced rentals for households earning up to 55% of the area median income.

Earlier this year, MCCH obtained a significant number of housing subsidy vouchers and needed to expand its rental housing portfolio to accommodate the additional households. The organization reached out to AHC to see if they could work out an agreement to purchase the six town house apartments, and with strong support from Montgomery County, an agreement was reached that enabled CH to acquire the homes at a modest price, while also allowing AHC to recoup its investment. A win-win partnership for all.


Photo caption:  AHC Inc. partnered with Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs, to preserve six, two-bedroom condominium units as affordable homes in Gateway Commons in Clarksburg, MD. 

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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 7,000 apartment units in 52 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., City Officials and Partners Celebrate 78 New Affordable Apartments in Alexandria

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April 18, 2016 – City of Alexandria officials, project partners and residents joined AHC Inc. to celebrate the official grand opening of Jackson Crossing, a new affordable apartment building in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, April 16.

Developed by AHC Inc., a regional affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, the rental community is home to 78 families with incomes at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (approximately $65,000 annually for a four-person household).

“Jackson Crossing is AHC’s first affordable apartment community in Alexandria,” said Walter D. Webdale, AHC President and CEO. “With 40 years of experience developing affordable housing in the region, AHC is delighted to partner with Alexandria and is looking forward to opening at least two more projects in the City in the next few years.”

Jackson Crossing has 14 one-bedrooms, 51 two-bedrooms, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.  Five of the apartments are ADA accessible. The apartment community includes a 750-square-foot community room where programs and services are offered for residents, underground parking and a 700-square-foot roof terrace. The building includes many green features, is EarthCraft certified, and provides 25% higher energy efficiency than typical standards.

The property’s location, across the street from Potomac Yard and steps away from DASH, Metroway/bus rapid transit and Metro options, adds to the desirability of the apartments. Market-rate condominiums and town homes are across the street and the Capitol dome is visible in the distance.

“The City values its partnership with AHC and is very pleased to be celebrating the addition of 78 new affordable homes at Jackson Crossing in such an amenity-rich area,” said City of Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg.

More than 500 people were on a waiting list when the apartments opened. Today’s residents are a diverse group of people from all walks of life, including senior citizens, veterans, a former teacher’s aide, a bus driver, flight attendants and families with children of all ages.

The Alexandria City Council approved the affordable housing project in 2013. The city loaned $2.5 million to AHC and also transferred a city-owned parcel of land to AHC for the project. Six adjacent parcels assembled by AHC make up the rest of the site.

Jackson Crossing was designed by Bonstra|Haresign Architects and built by Harkins Builders Inc.  It was financed by loans from Capital One Bank, the City of Alexandria, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), NeighborWorks America, AHC Inc., and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity from Hudson Housing Capital issued by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

Photo caption:  City of Alexandria officials, including Mayor Allison Silberberg and City Council members, AHC staff, project partners, and residents cut the ribbon at Jackson Crossing, 78 new affordable apartments in Alexandria, VA, on Saturday, April 16. (Photo by John Dawson, Harkins Builders)

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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 7,000 apartment units in 52 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. and PN Hoffman Win Right to Develop Southwest DC Parcel

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March 30, 2016 –  The DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has selected AHC Inc., PN Hoffman and several other partners to develop Waterfront Station II, a 59,000-square-foot lot adjacent to the Southwest Waterfront Metro station in Washington, DC. This is the last of the Waterfront Station parcels in the Southwest community.

PN Hoffman is the senior partner and AHC is developing the affordable housing component. Other partners include ER Bacon Development, LLC; CityPartners; and Paramount Development LLC.

Designed by Torti Gallas, the 400,000 square-foot, mixed-income, mixed-use building will include 133 affordable apartments (30% of the total), 310 market-rate apartments, a 10,000-square-foot black box theater and cultural artist space, and approximately 20,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail. The project is being designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

“AHC is delighted to provide the affordable housing piece of this vibrant project, which will bring much-needed quality affordable living opportunities to the Southwest community and help residents live closer to where they work, the Metro and retail opportunities,” said Walter D. Webdale, AHC President and CEO.”

The community-minded proposal won the neighborhood’s support earlier in the application process – thanks to its diverse housing for a mix of incomes, neighborhood-serving retail, and unique cultural offering that aims to continue building DC’s Southwest neighborhood as a premier arts and cultural destination.

“The Southwest Waterfront is experiencing a renaissance unlike anything else in the District,” said PN Hoffman founder and CEO Monty Hoffman. “We are confident that our plan to revitalize a key portion of 4th Street SW will enhance the livability and allure of the neighborhood.”

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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 7,000 apartment units in 52 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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The Shell Named Multifamily New Construction Project of the Year at Sustainable Leadership Awards

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March 30, 2016 - The Shell received the award for Multifamily New Construction Project of the Year at the recent 2016 Sustainable Leadership Awards held in Richmond, VA.

The annual award recognizes the region’s premier developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals for their work in advancing the benefits of sustainable building.

The Shell is AHC’s third EarthCraft certified new construction project in Virginia. “We take pride in building our apartment communities to stand the test of time,” said Carlton Miller, AHC’s Vice President of Construction. “EarthCraft is a natural partner for us because we are both committed to creating a more efficient and healthy environment for our residents.”

The Shell, which opened for residents in 2015, provides 83 affordable apartments for families earning between 50% and 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) There are five efficiencies, 10 one-bedroom apartments, 63 two-bedroom units, and 5 three-bedroom apartments

Designed by Cunningham-Quill Architects and constructed by Harkins Builders, the six-story structure is built around a central, green courtyard. The building also features a green roof, a community center, a fitness room for residents, a management office and 6,600 square feet of retail space on the first floor along Columbia Pike.

Other project partners include: Arlington County, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Capital One Bank and Hudson Housing Capital.

About EarthCraft and Viridiant

The EarthCraft program was created in 1999 by a partnership between Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and was brought to Virginia in 2006. Operated by Viridiant in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, EarthCraft is a family of green building certification programs designed to address climate, energy and water issues unique to the southeastern United States. The program serves as a blueprint for energy and resource-efficient single-family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments, light commercial buildings and sustainable preservation projects.

Viridiant is a non-profit organization committed to supporting sustainable building processes through education, consultation and certification. Through these efforts, Viridiant helps to set a path for businesses and homeowners to create structures that are more affordable, more liveable and more durable. Following 10 years of advocating for sustainable homes and buildings across the Commonwealth, EarthCraft Virginia took on the new name Viridiant, in order to serve an even broader range of goals.  Learn more at viridiant.org

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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 7,000 apartment units in 52 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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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.