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

AHC Inc. Receives $2M Federal Funding Award

In June, the U.S. Treasury announced that AHC Inc. will receive $2M in federal funding from the prestigious Capital Magnet Fund. This funding will allow AHC to establish an internal revolving loan fund that will leverage an additional $20M in private capital to renovate at least 331 deeply affordable apartments at AHC communities in Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and suburban Maryland.  

“We’re excited to be a first-time awardee for this competitive program,” said Paul Bernard, President/CEO of AHC Inc. “This award will help us modernize several aging AHC Inc. properties and also extend their affordability for another 30 years. Ultimately, the award will benefit our residents – and their communities – in census tract Areas of Economic Distress.”  

AHC was one of only 59 recipients nationwide and just one of three in Virginia to receive funding. AHC was selected following a merit-based review of applications submitted from nearly 150 organizations. 

Background 

The funds are administered by the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund through the department’s Capital Magnet Fund. 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 59 organizations $336.4 million to support financing for the preservation, rehabilitation, development or purchase of affordable housing as well as related economic development and community service facilities such as daycare centers, workforce development centers and health care clinics.  

The awardees are required to leverage their awards with other private and public investment by at least 10 to 1, guaranteeing that a minimum of $3.36 billion will be invested in eligible projects across the United States. Read the CDFI news release or check out the award book to learn more. 

 

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

AHC Celebrates Largest-Ever Graduating Class

On June 9, family, friends and mentors celebrated the 42 graduates of AHC’s College & Career Readiness (CCR) program. This was the highest number of graduating students since the program began. The CCR program also saw the largest number of overall participants this year, with 69 juniors and seniors from area high schools.

This year’s graduating students included a POSSE scholar, several students with full rides to college – and even two juniors who graduated early! Read more about the students heading to college.

As always, mentors played important roles in the success of the students. Their dedication and connection to the students was a game-changer. Ludwin Alvarez has worked with long-time mentor Marjorie Macieira since sixth grade, and she supported him through Teen Tutoring and CCR. In fact, Ludwin has been in AHC’s educational programs since first grade.

The keynote speaker at the event was Flor Caceres Godoy, a 2018 CCR alumni, Posse scholar and recent graduate from Lafayette College. Along with her valuable insights and advice for the graduates, she shared, “I know my number one fear going into college and high school, because both of them were predominantly white students, faculty and staff, was ‘am I going to fit in?’ The answer is no. You are not supposed to. You are meant to stand out. You are meant to shine brighter than ever before.”

Thank you to all of our mentors, volunteers, community partners, and supporters for helping AHC’s graduates shine bright!

2022 Graduating Students

  • Abigia Mulugeta
  • Afrin Akhtar
  • Alishaba Hayat
  • Amelia Castro
  • Anand Tselmeg
  • Andy Garcia
  • Anwar El Gattari
  • Ayman Adam
  • Azucena Moreno
  • Betel Bereket
  • Carla Bacerra
  • Carolina Soto
  • Cecilia Fosso
  • Claudia Andrade
  • Daisy Cabrera
  • Davis Orellana
  • Franklin Garcia
  • Fraol Gurmu
  • Gabriel Lara
  • Gabriella Perla
  • Hermon Gebreezgi
  • Iyar Soliman
  • Joanna Viruez Guzman
  • Joel Jonathan Escobar
  • Juhud Abdulkhadir
  • Karen Gonzales Cifuentes
  • Laetitia Noutcha
  • Logan Salinas
  • Ludwin Alvarez
  • Maha Bouchareb
  • Margad Enkhbat
  • Margot Rodriguez
  • Mia Henry
  • Nichole Escobar-Rojas
  • Nicolas Lopez
  • Nirusma Dahal
  • Simon Kahsay
  • Petros Kebede
  • Sahara Sania
  • Sara Berhe Abraha
  • Williz Zamorio

List of all the mentors

  • Ashly Winfield
  • Eric Hannon
  • Evan Heit
  • Sydney Gang
  • Susan Leland
  • Rick Carter
  • Pascale Pierre
  • Soonho Kwon
  • Sarah Kolk
  • Peter C. Pfieffer
  • Sharon Showalter
  • Chelsea Jones
  • Mariah Creech
  • Janet Bickel
  • CJ Park
  • Laurel Holmes
  • Adrienne Eng
  • Lizzie Utset
  • Greg Frey
  • Marjorie Macieira
  • Chelsea Legendre
  • Elsy Lopez
  • Katherine Swanson
  • Cindy Santner
  • Emily Kane
  • Jeanne Sweeney
  • Charles Barbour
  • Tara Claeys

 

Media Contact: Jennifer K. Smith, Director of Communications, 703-486‑0626 x1118

Key’s Pointe Project in Baltimore Receives $2.9M in ARPA Funding

June 16, 2022

More affordable housing is coming to Baltimore, with the help of $2.9M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The funding will go toward a new phase of the Key’s Pointe development. AHC Greater Baltimore (AHC-GB) and our development partner The Michaels Organization (TMO) are leading the project in partnership with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC)—a redevelopment of the O’Donnell Heights, a public housing community in Southeast Baltimore. 

AHC-GB and TMO have been redeveloping the massive 62-acre revitalization project in phases and already have constructed 144 townhome-style homes. The 60 apartments that are part of this next phase will replace the existing public housing, along with market affordable apartments. 

In April, Mayor Brandon Scott joined Councilmember Zeke Cohen, HABC President & CEO Janet Abrahams, Senate President Bill Ferguson, Delegate Brooke Lierman, O’Donnell Heights residents, and AHC and TMO project staff to announce the ARPA funding award for Key’s Pointe/O’Donnell Heights. 

“I am honored to be able to fill the gap and fulfill the city’s commitment to its long-time residents in the O’Donnell Heights community. This is an exciting development,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “Once again, we are maximizing the impact of our ARPA allocation to help those most in need in our city.” 

AHC Greater Baltimore Director Mary Claire Davis has been leading the project. “As we move forward with the next phase, we’re excited to continue our long-term commitment to the O’Donnell Heights residents and surrounding communities, in partnership with TMO and HABC,” she said. “We are grateful to Councilmember Zeke Cohen for his passionate support of this project and community – and to Mayor Brandon Scott’s financial commitment of ARPA funds toward this effort.”  

Phase 2A of Key’s Pointe will construct 62 units of mixed-income rental homes. Thirty-one of these homes will be dedicated to current and relocated O’Donnell Heights residents. The remaining homes will be available to households earning 60% of the area median income (AMI) and less.  

Background 

The HABC selected AHC-GB and development partner TMO nearly 10 years ago to redevelop O’Donnell Heights, originally built in 1942 as WWII worker housing, converting to public housing after the war. Visit the Key’s Point development project page for more information.

 

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