Faces of AHC
Passion for Social Justice Fuels Affordable Housing Commitment
AHC Inc. is honored to name Patricia McGrady to its 2016 Housing Hall of Fame. “We are proud to recognize Ms. McGrady’s steadfast support of AHC Inc. and her passionate commitment to preserving affordable housing for Arlington’s most vulnerable residents,” said AHC President and CEO, Walter D. Webdale.
AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, established its Housing Hall of Fame 15 years ago to honor individuals for their vision, dedication and advocacy on behalf of affordable housing. The award was presented as part of AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary celebration.
Ms. McGrady has been involved in affordable housing issues since the late 1970s. She was elected to AHC’s Board of Directors in 1979 and served as president from 1980 to 1981. She has remained a strong AHC supporter, serving on several AHC affiliate boards before becoming a member of AHC’s Management Advisory Board in 2007.
She has held many positions in the housing industry, including working with Arlington County as a housing relocation specialist and as member of the Arlington Housing Commission for 10 years. She was also the Co-Chair of the League of Women Voter’s Housing Committee when it recommended creating a housing trust fund to the Arlington County Board in 1982. She currently chairs the Arlington County Community Housing Finance Corporation, and is on the Board of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, another affordable housing provider in Arlington.
Ms. McGrady’s commitment to housing affordability stems from her deep passion for social justice. “Housing is such a necessary part of life for everyone – no matter their income, age, education, race, religion, gender or nationality,” said Ms. McGrady. “You need a roof overhead before you can work on any other challenges you might face in life.”
Ms. McGrady believes strongly in doing all she can to help others have a decent place to live within their ability to pay. “I’d like to say I tried to make the world a better place.”
Other Housing Hall of Fame honorees include: Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church; Rick Nelson, former Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member; and Harkins Builders, long-time AHC business partner and supporter.
Photo: Long-time community activist, Patricia McGrady (front row, second from right) celebrates Housing Hall of Fame award with friends and family at AHC Inc.’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.