Pizza, anyone? On October 12, 2017, HAND treated its member Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) to lunch at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA. AHDC was the winner of our promotion that gave the first 25 members to renew their membership a chance to win a lunch with HAND staff. The gathering was an excellent opportunity for HAND to catch up with the AHDC staff and learn about its latest projects.
Led by Executive Director Jonathan Frederick, AHDC was incorporated in 2004. Its mission is to “develop and preserve quality housing that is affordable and support our residents to thrive as members of the Alexandria community.”
In addition to welcoming new staff this year, the organization continues to advocate for affordable housing in the city of Alexandria (including a recent letter to the editor in Alexandria Times). Their team has also been hard at work on new development. Of note, The Bloom is a partnership between AHDC and the Carpenter’s Shelter (CS) designed to provide CS with a new shelter facility topped by 97 units of AHDC-managed affordable housing. Slated to open in 2019, the building will also feature a community room, three outdoor terraces, a 1,600 square foot production garden and a playground. 10 units will be reserved as permanent supportive housing units for former CS residents, with wrap-around services provided.
HAND staff looks forward to continuing to engage with AHDC and all of our members over the coming weeks and months!