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AHC Students Win Essay and Art Contests

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As part of AHC’s 40th Anniversary, students in our youth program were invited to participate in Essay and Artwork contests and describe how they feel about being a part of AHC communities. Elementary students were asked to create a piece of artwork with the theme “The Place I Call Home.” Middle and high school students wrote essays that described  ”How AHC’s Community Centers Affected My Life.”  The winning students were recognized at AHC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

“We are delighted to highlight the achievements of some amazing children and teens,” said Ginger Briggs Brown, former AHC Inc. Board member, who presented the artwork awards.  ”The youngsters who live in AHC’s communities are the heart and soul of our programs. It is their futures we are working so hard to strengthen.”

The artwork winners were: Michelle Orellana, a nine-year-old Harvey Hall resident (First Place), Angel Barrera, an 11-year-old Woodbury Park resident (Second Place) and Loren Bonilla a seven-year-old Virginia Gardens resident (Third Place).

Jennifer Endo, AHC’s Director of Resident Services, presented the awards to the teenagers who won the essay contest. “I am proud to say our Resident Services team has watched some of these amazing young adults grow up in our program, and was delighted to read how much the program has encouraged their personal growth and academic success.”

The essay winners were: Jennifer Arvalo, 12th grade, Berkeley Apartments (First Place); Sara Berhe, 7th grade, Gates of Ballston (Second Place); and Jennifer Rivera, 9th grade, Berkeley Apartments (Third Place).

Winning Essay Excerpts and Artwork. 

Photo: AHC students received awards for winning Essay and Artwork contests at AHC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Front row, left to right: Angel Barrera and Michelle Orellana. Back row, left to right: Jennifer Endo, Resident Services Director, AHC Inc., Jennifer Rivera; Jennifer Arevalo; Sara Berhe; and Ginger Briggs Brown, former AHC Inc. Board member.

 

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AHC Inc. Elects Five Board Members at 40th Anniversary Celebration

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AHC Inc. is delighted to announce the election of five Board members during the organization’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in September.

Four current members were re-elected to serve additional three-year terms and one previous member was nominated to return to the Board. The elected Board members include:

David Barsky. Mr. Barsky is a partner with Krooth and Altman LLP in Washington, DC where he specializes in FHA-insured multifamily housing and healthcare mortgage loan transactions. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from George Washington University. A native of New Jersey, he and his wife have lived in Arlington since 1986. Mr. Barsky is the Secretary of AHC’s Board.

Jason Dalley. Mr. Dalley works in land acquisition for the national home builder NVR. He is on the finance committee of Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation and also on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Building Association. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has been an Arlington resident since 2004.

C.C. Jenkins.  Mr. Jenkins, one of AHC’s long-time supporters and a previous Board member, was elected to return to the Board. He is a retired member of the U.S. Capitol Police Force. An Arlington resident since 1980, he is President of the U.S. Capitol Police Retired Officers’ Association; a Board member of the Congressional Federal Credit Union; President of Our Lady Queen of Peace Arlington Credit Union; and a Board Member of the Nauck Community Development Corporation. Mr. Jenkins is serving as the Treasurer of AHC’s Board.

Justin Oliver. Mr. Oliver is President and CEO of Oliver Properties, a real estate investment, development, and asset management company based in Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, an MBA from Tulane University, and is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2016. He has been an Arlington resident since 2008 and remains an active volunteer with his children’s schools and youth sports teams. Mr. Oliver is the Chair of AHC’s Board.

John Snyder. Mr. Snyder is Senior Counsel for Bechtel Global Corporation. A resident of Arlington since 1985, he is president of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) board, has held numerous community leadership positions, including President of the Douglas Park Civic Association, and has served on the Affiliate Boards of several AHC properties. Mr. Snyder is serving as the Vice Chair of AHC’s Board.

Gladis Bourdouane, a retiring Board member, was thanked for her service and commitment. A Board member since 2011, she is the Communications Coordinator for the Arlington Public Schools. She has lived in Arlington for over 30 years, and she and her husband have three children. Ms. Bourdouane is a member of the National School Public Relations Association and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Arlington.

Full list of AHC Board members.

Photo: AHC Inc. Board members attended the 40th Anniversary Celebration. Front row, from left to right: Walter D. Webdale, Justin Oliver, Jacqueline Coachman, and David Barsky. Back row, from left to right: C.C. Jenkins, John Snyder, Tom Klanderman, Robert Bushkoff, and Jason Dalley. Not pictured: Scott Ritter.

 

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Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. Honored for Affordable Housing Commitment

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Building Affordable Housing Through Community Partnerships

AHC Inc. is honored to welcome Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. into its Housing Hall of Fame. “We are proud to present this award to Dr. Hamlin in recognition of his dedicated service to residents of the Nauck Community and his leadership and advocacy to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income families in Arlington County,” said AHC President and CEO, Walter D. Webdale.

AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, established its Housing Hall of Fame 15 years ago to honor individuals for their vision, dedication and advocacy on behalf of affordable housing. The award was presented as part of AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. has been pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington since 1996 and has been actively involved in preserving and developing affordable housing throughout his ministry. Under Dr. Hamlin’s leadership, the Macedonia Baptist Church partnered with AHC Inc. to build the Macedonia, 36 affordable apartments across the street from the church. The partnership has been a wonderful success.

The Macedonia church community has worked hard to develop a long-term strategy to meet residents’ needs and build a stable, strong neighborhood. Having ample affordable housing – both for senior citizens and young people – became a key part of the planning process.

In 2009, the church partnered with AHC to build the Macedonian, 36 affordable apartments.

Along with partnering with AHC, Dr. Hamlin also helped found the Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation in 1999 to provide economic opportunities and job training for residents. Today, AHC is pleased to partner with the group to provide programs and services for residents at both the Macedonian and nearby Shelton Apartments.

In 2013, Dr. Hamlin was selected to chair the Arlington County Working Group on Affordable Housing. In that capacity, he led the county-wide effort to involve neighborhoods and residents in the planning process. Under his wise and patient stewardship, Arlington County passed a 25-year Affordable Housing Master Plan last year.

“We all know how important a home is to a family and how much it affects the stability and growth of children and so many other aspects of our lives and community,” said Dr. Hamlin. “Although it is very difficult to produce the amount of housing that is needed, I am glad Arlington is addressing the challenge and has elevated housing to a priority.”

Other Housing Hall of Fame honorees include: Patricia McGrady, decades-long affordable housing activist and volunteer; Rick Nelson, former Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member; and Harkins Builders, long-time AHC business partner and supporter.

Photo: AHC Inc. celebrates 2016 Housing Hall of Fame honorees. Front row, left to right:  Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.; Patricia McGrady; J. Walter Tejada; and Rick Nelson. Back row, left to right: Walter D. Webdale, AHC Inc. President and CEO; Mike Ebrahimi, Harkins Builders; Dick Lombardo, Harkins Builders; Mike Mallow, Harkins Builders; Gary Garofalo, Harkins Builders; and Justin Oliver, AHC Inc. Board Chair. 

 

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Harkins Builders Named to AHC Inc. Housing Hall of Fame

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Long-time Partner Has Built and Renovated Nine Affordable Apartment Communities

AHC Inc. is proud to celebrate Harkins Builders as a 2016 Housing Hall of Fame honoree. “We are delighted to recognize Harkins Builders’ effective partnership with AHC Inc. to build and rehabilitate rental housing so that low-income families have a beautiful, affordable place to call home,” said AHC President and CEO, Walter D. Webdale.

AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, established its Housing Hall of Fame 15 years ago to honor individuals for their vision, dedication and advocacy on behalf of affordable housing. The award was presented as part of AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

“We are truly honored to be inducted into AHC’s Hall of Fame, and we especially value the relationship of trust and partnership that has developed over the 10 years that we have worked together, said Gary Garofalo, President and COO, Harkins Builders. “We share their mission of providing quality affordable housing, and their commitment to serving the residents of their communities.”

Like AHC, Harkins Builders has been building and renovating affordable housing for many years. They have brought their pre-construction and construction management expertise to a full range of AHC developments, including five new construction, two renovation, and two historical renovation projects.

Beyond Harkins’ professionalism and ability to deliver a quality product for our residents, it is Harkins’ culture of service to both client and community that truly earns them a place in AHC’s Hall of Fame.

Their pre-construction department goes above and beyond to bring the greatest value to AHC’s projects, their project teams help AHC meet challenges as if they were their own, and their generous support of AHC’s Resident Services programs further helps us to achieve our goals.

In a complex and risky business, AHC values the long-term relationship of mutual trust and respect that we enjoy with Harkins Builders.

Other Housing Hall of Fame honorees include: Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church; Patricia McGrady, decades-long affordable housing activist and volunteer; Rick Nelson, former Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; and J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member.

Photo: AHC Inc. welcomes Harkins Builders into 2016 Housing Hall of Fame. From left to right: Mike Mallow, Vice President, Harkins Builders; Walter D. Webdale, President and CEO, AHC Inc.; Gary Garofalo, President and COO, Harkins Builders; Dick Lombardo, Chairman and CEO, Harkins Builders; Mike Ebrahimi, Senior Vice President, Harkins Builders;  and Justin Oliver, Board Chair, AHC Inc.  

 

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Patricia McGrady, Community Activist, Named to AHC Inc. Housing Hall of Fame

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Passion for Social Justice Fuels Affordable Housing Commitment

AHC Inc. is honored to name Patricia McGrady to its 2016 Housing Hall of Fame. “We are proud to recognize Ms. McGrady’s steadfast support of AHC Inc. and her passionate commitment to preserving affordable housing for Arlington’s most vulnerable residents,” said AHC President and CEO, Walter D. Webdale.

AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, established its Housing Hall of Fame 15 years ago to honor individuals for their vision, dedication and advocacy on behalf of affordable housing. The award was presented as part of AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

Ms. McGrady has been involved in affordable housing issues since the late 1970s. She was elected to AHC’s Board of Directors in 1979 and served as president from 1980 to 1981. She has remained a strong AHC supporter, serving on several AHC affiliate boards before becoming a member of AHC’s Management Advisory Board in 2007.

She has held many positions in the housing industry, including working with Arlington County as a housing relocation specialist and as member of the Arlington Housing Commission for 10 years. She was also the Co-Chair of the League of Women Voter’s Housing Committee when it recommended creating a housing trust fund to the Arlington County Board in 1982. She currently chairs the Arlington County Community Housing Finance Corporation, and is on the Board of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, another affordable housing provider in Arlington.

Ms. McGrady’s commitment to housing affordability stems from her deep passion for social justice. “Housing is such a necessary part of life for everyone – no matter their income, age, education, race, religion, gender or nationality,” said Ms. McGrady. “You need a roof overhead before you can work on any other challenges you might face in life.”

Ms. McGrady believes strongly in doing all she can to help others have a decent place to live within their ability to pay. “I’d like to say I tried to make the world a better place.”

Other Housing Hall of Fame honorees include: Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church; Rick Nelson, former Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member; and Harkins Builders, long-time AHC business partner and supporter.

Photo: Long-time community activist, Patricia McGrady (front row, second from right) celebrates Housing Hall of Fame award with friends and family at AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.