AHC Students Start School In Style Thanks to Amazon’s Back-To-School Shop

Students from 26 Virginia-based AHC properties recently participated in Amazon’s free Back-to-School Shop at Harvey Hall Apartments. Nearly 500 students, along with their parents, hand-picked their own clothing, shoes, school supplies, and other items to help them start the school year on equal footing with their peers.     

Amazon’s Back-to-School Shop was a part of Amazon’s inaugural Global Month of Volunteering, an initiative dedicated to driving meaningful impact in the communities where Amazon employees live and work. The successful event hosted more than 250 families with the help of 90-plus volunteers from Amazon.   

The fun shopping experience started with a guided online shopping experience for up to $150 worth of clothing and personal items for each student. Next, each child walked over to choose from four walls stocked with various school supplies – water bottles, notebooks, erasers, mechanical pencils and more. The young scholars ended their experience with a fun visit to the sticker room. 

After touring the Back-to-School Shop, the grateful students left with a bag full of school supplies and smiles from ear-to-ear. Special thanks to our dedicated resident services team for ensuring that the heartwarming event ran smoothly. 

AHC Greater Baltimore Selected for 2022 Thome Aging Well Grant

Thome Aging Well Program; EnterpriseAHC Greater Baltimore (AHC-GB) recently received a 2022 Thome Aging Well grant to support the expansion of physical and mental health services at MonteVerde, a 300-apartment community for residents 55+ and people who are disabled. The $250,000 grant focuses on treating substance misuse and high emergency room use, reflecting the disproportionate impact of COVID and lack of access to healthcare among black and minority older adults.

The Thome Aging Well program is a four-year, $19 million initiative from Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) to help older adults living in affordable communities age safely and securely at home.

“We appreciate this partnership with Enterprise and the Thome funding that will help more than 300 seniors, a rich part of our communities,” says Paul Bernard, President & CEO of AHC Inc. “The life-changing services afforded through this grant exemplify what AHC can provide in addition to housing. Linking people to the opportunity for services ensures we treat and respect the whole person.”

Funded by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America trustee, the program awarded $4 million in grants this year to scale aging-in-place initiatives with a track record of success by 16 housing operators and public housing authorities in Maryland and Michigan.

In total, the 2022 Thome Aging Well grants will provide essential support to over 4,000 older adults to help enhance wellbeing, reduce isolation and allow them to age with dignity in their homes. Best practices learned from the grantees will be shared across the field of affordable and public housing providers serving older adults.

“Far too many adults, especially those with lower incomes, do not have the resources and support they need to continue living comfortably in their homes as they grow older,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, vice president, Impact, Evaluation & Population Health, Enterprise. “The programs supported through the Thome Aging Well grants have proved successful at improving the health and wellbeing of older adults and will make an enormous impact on the lives of thousands in Maryland and Michigan. We are honored to partner with such remarkable organizations.”

 

Media Contact: Jennifer Smith, Director of Communications, jennifer.smith@ahcinc.org

AHC Inc. Brings More Affordable Housing to Fairfax County

AHC Surpasses Milestone of 1,100+ affordable homes in Fairfax County

AHC Inc., along with partner Insight Property Group, purchased the property formerly known as Colvin Woods Apartments located in Fairfax County, Virginia, for $72 million. Rebranded as Haven Reston, the 259-unit community will be preserved as affordable apartments for 30 years.

The property was a naturally occurring affordable community with no existing rent restrictions to safeguard affordability. In partnership with Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, AHC and Insight plan to preserve and increase long-term, dedicated residential affordability.

The affordability goals will be implemented in a phased approach over three to five years, to achieve an apartment mix serving households between 60% area median income (AMI) and 80% AMI. AHC’s award-winning Resident Services will collaborate with the new ownership team to assess and plan for community needs.

“Through our joint venture with Insight and with significant support from Fairfax County, we’re ensuring housing security for hundreds of individuals and families for decades into the future,” says Paul Bernard, AHC Inc. President & CEO. “Preserving the affordable housing in this beautiful woodland area, full of nearby amenities, is central to our mission of helping residents thrive.”

Haven Reston is located at 11012 Becontree Lake Dr. in Reston and was built in 1979. The 47-acre property is less than 10 minutes from Reston Town Center, the Wiehle and Reston Town Center Metrorail stations, and the Dulles Toll Road. The property includes one- and two-bedroom apartments along with a community clubhouse, playground, fitness center and swimming pool.

Over the next four years, AHC and Insight will invest in improvements to update the exteriors, site, and common areas.

“Insight is proud to have partnered with Fairfax County and AHC in order to preserve this much-needed affordable housing,” said Tim White, Principal at Insight Property Group.

“Preservation is about making key investments in existing residential infrastructure to advance our continuing goal of ensuring that everyone who works in Fairfax County can also afford to live here,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay. “Our $15 million investment in Colvin Woods Apartments will provide significant affordable rental options in a community of high opportunity with access to transit, employment, medical services, recreation, and all the very best of what Fairfax County has to offer.”


About AHC Inc.

Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing that provides quality homes plus education programs and social services for low-and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed nearly 8,000 apartment units in 50+ properties in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 3,000 children, teens, adults, and seniors each year. For more information, visit www.ahcinc.org.

Media Contact: Jennifer Smith, Director of Communications, jennifer.smith@ahcinc.org

About Insight Property Group

About Insight Property Group: Insight Property Group acquires and develops mixed-use and residential communities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since its inception in 2009, it has built a broad portfolio of housing including affordable, workforce, mixed-use and luxury rental communities as well as infill for-sale townhomes. With more than $1.5 billion in investments, Insight has purchased, re-positioned and constructed more than 4,800 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space with another 1,250 units and 120,000 sf of retail in the immediate pipeline. The company is recognized for delivering memorable, neighborhood-centric projects. For more information, visit www.insightpropertygroupllc.com.

Media Contact: Karen Widmayer, karenwidmayerpr@gmail.comkarenwidmayerpr@gmail.com

About the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) serves nearly 20,000 residents through a variety of rental housing assistance and homeownership programs and owns and operates nearly 4,000 units of housing – including multifamily housing, senior housing, licensed assisted living and specialized housing for tenants with a variety of needs. The FCRHA also oversees and administers Fairfax County’s land use housing programs and the investment of public land and local funds (including state and federal grants) to increase and/or preserve the county’s stock of affordable homes.

Media Contact: Ben Boxer, Marketing and Outreach Manager, benjamin.boxer@fairfaxcounty.gov

Gaining Ground on Digital Equity

By the end of the year, AHC’s residents at The Spire in Alexandria will have access to free, high-speed internet in their apartments and in all common areas of the building.

A generous $174,000 investment from Capital One is helping make this project possible. It includes equipment installation for a building-wide network, internet access through Comcast, and $25,000 to provide technical support and assistance to residents.

Each household will also receive a Chromebook computer as part of the investment. The Spire has 113 affordable apartments, including dozens of school children who live in the building.

Learn more about AHC’s digital equity efforts.

 

Media Contact: Jennifer Smith, jennifer.smith@ahcinc.org, 703-486‑0626 x1118

Summer Campers Take a PAUSE For Art

Recently, 1st-5th graders and counselors from AHC’s Gates of Ballston summer camp had a hands-on modern art experience. They visited Gallery 3700, home to Studio Pause’s newest exhibition, We PAUSED! Unbound.   

Studio PAUSE is an Arlington-based art studio created by award-winning artist Sushmita Mazumdar. The 9-year-old art studio is a safe space to explore creativity & celebrate community through art.  

The excited group of summer campers experienced Studio PAUSE’s newest exhibit, We PAUSED! Unbound and their first installation titled The Water Still Churns. The year-long art exhibit is a response to Studio PAUSE’s project We PAUSED! A Handmade Book for Gates of Ballston – where the summer campers live. Studio PAUSE turned the book into a display to chronicle a year of the COVID-19 pandemic to help create a space for all voices.  

After touring the exhibit, the campers created prints that described their emotions after learning more about art. Ken Krafchek, retired director of the MFA community arts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, walked the eager students through the process of creating their timeless monoprints. Krafchek and Mazumdar were impressed with the level of detail in the camp attendees’ art.