Building on 40 years 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 6,500 affordable, workforce and market-rate homes.

True to our roots, we remain the oldest and largest developer of affordable housing in Arlington, where we have the largest concentration of our properties (24).


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.

2000 – AHC Management LLC founded, property management subsidiary.

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.