Building on decades of commitment.

AHC was founded in 1975 by a group of concerned Arlington citizens in partnership with Arlington County, a collaboration forged by concerns over the cost and scarcity of affordable housing. As the housing challenge continued to grow throughout the mid-Atlantic region, AHC evolved to answer the need.

Gates of Ballston, a 1940s garden community, won a Historic Preservation award for its renovation.AHC’s efforts are recognized throughout the region as a major force in maintaining a diversity of housing.Known initially as the Arlington Housing Corporation, AHC has evolved from a nonprofit grassroots entity providing a home improvement program for low- and moderate-income homeowners in Arlington to a full-service organization whose low- and mixed-income housing communities serve Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax County in Virginia and Montgomery County and the Baltimore area in Maryland.Over the years, AHC has developed 50+ properties providing more than 7,500 affordable, workforce, and market-rate homes.

True to our roots, we remain the oldest and largest developer of affordable housing in Arlington, where we continue to have the largest concentration of our properties.


1975 – AHC founded in Arlington, VA. Home improvement program for low- and moderate-income homeowners starts.

1980 – AHC purchases first affordable rental community.

1993- Resident Services program founded as a pathway to better futures for our residents.

1999 – Summer Camp program begins.

2004 – AHC Greater Baltimore opened.

2005 – First Baltimore County property acquired.

2006 – First Fairfax County property acquired.

2009 – First Montgomery County property acquired.

2014 – First project in Alexandria, VA breaks ground.

2014 – First Washington, DC partnership established.

2016 – AHC launches its resident’s service program, College and Career Readiness, to help support young scholars in our communities.

2016 – AHC celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

2019 – AHC Greater Baltimore wins the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition’s 2019 Innovation Award for its Health & Wellness Program at MonteVerde Apartments.

2022 – AHC Board names Paul Bernard as the new Chief Executive Officer.

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