A year ago, AHC Inc., like most organizations, had to shutter its in-person activities in response to the fast-moving pandemic. At the same time, AHC had to quickly switch gears to respond to new and accelerating needs among our residents. Thanks to a committed and determined Resident Services team, AHC Inc. was able to spring into action to help more than 3,000 residents weather the challenges of the pandemic, including accessing $2.7 million in rental relief funds.
AHC Inc. has acquired two prime properties in Fairfax County, which will preserve 292 affordable homes on a 16-acre site in the Fort Belvoir/City of Alexandria Route 1 corridor. The acquisition was made in partnership with Virginia Housing and Fairfax County to fulfill their goal of providing safe, affordable homes for the residents of Fairfax County.
This acquisition ensures the preservation of 292 apartments as affordable homes. The properties will provide homes for residents earning between 50% and 80% of the Area Median Income or between $63,000 and $79,600 for a family of four. Affordability will be implemented in a phased approach upon turnover.
AHC has been working diligently to provide residents with well-needed relief since the start of the pandemic. Working with its Resident Services team and property management arm, AHC Management, AHC has established 18 new food distribution sites, provided grocery gift cards for over 3,000 families, and secured over $2.3 million dollars in rental assistance for their residents.
With more than 1,600 affordable apartments in the Baltimore region, AHC Greater Baltimore continues to expand its portfolio. During 2020, the organization began renovation work on its first property, Greenspring Overlook, and moved forward on several new projects.
To help residents through the ongoing pandemic, AHC Inc. is extending our rental assistance efforts through March 31, 2021. This means we will continue to waive all late fees, freeze rent increases, and suspend all evictions for all residents experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19.
AHC Inc., in partnership with Arlington County, “Flipped the Switch” on 342 solar panels at The Apex, a new 256-unit affordable apartment community on the banks of Four Mile Run in South Arlington, VA. The 130 KW installation is the largest solar panel array on a multifamily apartment building in Northern Virginia.
AHC’s Annual Meeting brought together supporters, partners, community leaders, and volunteers to focus on how we can work together to provide more housing and hope to needy families and individuals throughout our region. In case you missed the meeting or would like to revisit some of the information, please see links to the individual presentations.
AHC Inc. is the process of redeveloping Fort Henry Gardens, an aging garden-style apartment community in Arlington, VA. The new Fort Henry Gardens could add an additional 218+ new affordable apartments in response to the pressing need for more affordable living options in the county.
AHC Inc. is proud to announce our participation in the “Buy a Neighbor School Supplies” program, a new community partnership to provide school supplies and resources to students in need in Arlington, VA. Neighbors can support children and families for as little as $10. All donations will help us distribute gift cards, allowing families to purchase their own school supplies, health and safety supplies, and any additional resources they need for at-home or distance learning for the 2020-2021 school year.
AHC’s top priority is to help our residents stay in their homed during this challenging time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we understand that many residents are experiencing difficult financial situations. To help, we are extending our current rental relief programs in order to provide more flexibility on rental payments for the rest of 2020. As a result, AHC Management has suspended all late fees and evictions until December 31, 2020. In addition, AHC Management will make sure that there will be NO RENT INCREASES for all residents through January 1, 2021.
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