2020 ANNUAL MEETING

2020 Housing Achievement Awards
& Children’s Essay Contest Presentation

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

In the Spring of 2020, HAND made the difficult decision to cancel the 29th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo due to the impacts of COVID-19. This was a tough decision, but the wellbeing and safety of our members is our top priority. The impacts of the pandemic reiterated the importance of our work and why affordable housing remains a crucial factor in creating equitable and thriving communities. Even in the midst of these unprecedented circumstances, it was important for us to pause and honor the incredible work that our members are doing across the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond.

In the absence of the Annual Meeting & Housing Expo, HAND presented the Housing Achievement Awards & Children’s Essay Contest on June 17th via webcast. This virtual ceremony honored organizations and individuals that have provided outstanding affordable housing projects, programs, and support for low- and moderate-income residents. The purpose of the Housing Achievement Awards remains to recognize creative, innovative approaches in the industry, which result in quality developments and programs.

This year also marked the first-ever Children’s Essay Contest! The competition was themed, If I Were the Mayor, and we were pleased to present the Grand Prize to Sharjae Dugger (Habitat America, LLC). Students were challenged to write about the kind of region they envision for their future, while reflecting on their own experiences and the legacy they would like to leave if held responsible for the outcomes for an entire jurisdiction. Sharjae shared how she would stand for fairness and the importance of recognizing black history. HAND thanks its sponsors for their generous support, and our members for their continued dedication to transformative change in our communities.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Award Recipients!

Developer of the Year:
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation

AHDC completed an exciting year of development and preservation in 2019, closing the chapter on many of its long-developing projects and setting itself up for future success. It now operates 603 units, 277 of which were in service in calendar year 2019, including: The Nexus at West Alex, Lacy Court Apartments, and The Ellsworth.

In 2019, AHDC also continued work on innovative projects that have or will be complete in 2020: The Bloom and Carpenter’s Shelter, The Parkstone (FKA Avana Apartments).

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Best Large Affordable Housing Project:
HELP Walter Reed Veterans Apartments

The HELP Walter Reed Veterans Apartments (“HELP Walter Reed”) provides affordable permanent supportive housing (PSH) to 77 formerly homeless military veterans on what was once the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. The HELP Walter Reed project was developed and is owned by HELP Development Corporation, a non-profit organization. The HELP Walter Reed project is 100% affordable, with 75 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans at 30% AMI, and two units at 50% AMI.

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Emerging Leader:
Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones joined the real estate development team at Enterprise Community Development Corporation (formerly known as Community Preservation and Development Corporation) in 2012 as a Development Associate and is now a Senior Development Manager, having been promoted twice during her tenure. Her varied accomplishments included supporting the organization’s geographic expansion both into southern Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. Jessica has infused her passion for sustainability to change the way the organization thinks about green building and operations. 

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Children’s Essay Contest:
Sharjae Dugger

Children’s Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner
Sharjae Dugger, Habitat America LLC

 
 
 

Special Guest Remarks

 

Thank you to our 2020 Housing Achievement Awards Judges 

Margaret McFarland
Clinical Professor Emeritus Founding Director, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, UMD

Ray Demers
Director of Design Leadership, Enterprise
Roy Priest
Commissioner, Housing Opportunities Commission

 

 

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsors

 

AHDC completed an exciting year of development and preservation in 2019, closing the chapter on many of our long-developing projects and setting ourselves up for future success. We now operate 603 units, 277 of which were in service in calendar year 2019, including:

In 2019, AHDC also continued work on innovative projects that have or will be complete in 2020:

 

The HELP Walter Reed Veterans Apartments is being nominated for the Best Large Affordable Housing Project Award by HAND members Wiencek+Associates Architects+Planners, Jaydot LLC, the National Equity Fund, and TD Bank.

The HELP Walter Reed Veterans Apartments (“HELP Walter Reed”) provides affordable permanent supportive housing (PSH) to 77 formerly homeless military veterans on what was once the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. The HELP Walter Reed project was developed and is owned by HELP Development Corporation, a non-profit organization. The project was completed and began occupancy in December 2019. The HELP Walter Reed project is 100% affordable, with 75 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans at 30% AMI, and two units at 50% AMI. The referrals for the 75 PSH units come through the District’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.

This effort to provide permanent housing for veterans at Walter Reed is the culmination of years of work. The Walter Reed Medical Center campus was decommissioned as an U.S. Army base in 2011, after more than a century of service as a hospital for American soldiers and veterans. In 2016 the Army transferred two-thirds of the former base to the District of Columbia government, which has since then led a comprehensive plan to develop this historic site as “The Parks at Walter Reed,” with thousands of new market rate housing units, extensive retail, and a number of institutional uses.

From the first community meetings held almost ten years ago to envision the future of the entire Walter Reed campus, stakeholders - including neighbors, District government officials, and the Army - stressed the importance of ensuring some connection to the site’s history of serving veterans. At the same time, the District and Federal governments were beginning a new emphasis on efforts to reduce and end veteran homelessness, particularly since veterans have experienced homelessness at a significantly higher rate than non-veterans. As a result, HELP Development saw a unique opportunity to create a large-scale permanent supportive housing project for veterans. Using an existing building that had previously been a residence for individual enlisted service members, HELP Development’s team brought together a number of public and private partners to make this project a reality. It is a testament to the commitment of all the partners on this project that the HELP Walter Reed building serving formerly homeless veterans was strongly endorsed at all stages of the public approval process, and was the first residential project to open on the site.

The total development cost of this rehabilitation project is $19M. Financing for the HELP Walter Reed project includes $10M in permanent debt provided by the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) using CDBG funds, tax exempt bond financing through the D.C. Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA), and $5M in Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity. HELP Development also received generous support of $2.6 M from philanthropic organizations, including the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Home Depot, the William S. Abell Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburg, and HAND member A Wider Circle. For operations, the project has 75 project-based Local Rent Supplement (LRSP) subsidies provided through the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA), and the District’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has a contract directly with HAND member Community Connections to provide on-site case management. The primary factor in the design of the HELP Walter Reed project was a focus on creating an engaging and vibrant community, with a number of open and inviting spaces. The project includes 24 hour front desk staff and several community gathering areas, including a gym, quiet lounge/library, computer room, movie room, and a large enclosed courtyard. The HELP Walter Reed project also meets Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.

The delivery of the case management services for the formerly homeless veteran population is also a major component of the building design, with centrally located offices for the case managers and a nurse’s suite. On-site social services include case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, entitlement management, and on site health care and social programming.

Jessica Jones has been affiliated with the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) Program at the University of Maryland for almost a decade. As an alumnus of the Program, we are proud of her work and achievements in the real estate development industry, specifically in preserving and developing affordable housing.

Jessica joined the real estate development team at Enterprise Community Development Corporation (formerly known as Community Preservation and Development Corporation) in 2012 as a Development Associate and is now a Senior Development Manager, having been promoted twice during her tenure. Her varied accomplishments included supporting the organization’s geographic expansion both into southern Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. Jessica has infused her passion for sustainability to change the way the organization thinks about green building and operations. Her leadership efforts led to CPDC’s implementation of energy performance benchmarking of its portfolio and paving the path to pilot a non-smoking policy at an existing property to increase the health and wellness of residents and staff. Most notably though, Jessica led the creation of CPDC Solar LLC which installed solar photovoltaic systems on 12 CPDC properties throughout the District of Columbia which will generate approximately 1.08 megawatts of renewable energy per year, reducing energy bills to free up capital to invest in resident services. Jessica’s leadership in affordable housing and sustainability lead to her appointment to Mayor Bowser’s Building Energy Performance Standards task force charged to develop plans and policy recommendations to drive energy performance in existing buildings to help meet the energy and climate goals of the Sustainable DC plan—reducing gas emissions and energy consumption by 50% by 2032.

In the last few years, Jessica has used her vast knowledge and experience in the real estate development industry to lead capstone projects required by the Program. Students in the MRED program undertake capstone projects in their final semester after they have completed all the required coursework. They perform a feasibility study in which each student undertakes the context analysis, site design and financial feasibility of a particular “real world” site. Jessica has done an excellent job of mentoring and sharing her expertise in the affordable housing industry with these students.

The capstone course requires that the students participate in a competition supported by the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development in which their projects are judged by a jury of real estate professionals. Jessica’s students consistently either win the competition outright or place in the top three. As a result of her commitment and dedication to leading our students, I nominate Jessica Jones for the HAND 2020 Housing Achievement Award in the Emerging Leader category.

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