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)