- POLICY ACTIVATIONS
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) recently authorized a new partnership with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH). The partnership calls for the leasing of 15 units at Wedgewood Apartments to persons who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. These units will be used to provide residents with stable housing as they work with OPEH to develop and maintain skills enabling them to become more self-sufficient and remain in permanent housing. Click here to read the full article.
Thank you to all of the HAND members who participated in the 2013 Children’s Art Contest. We certainly enjoyed seeing all of your artistic interpretations of “Homes Across the Region.” HAND Members, please join us in congratulating our Grand Prize Winner, Brittany Thomas, Somerset Development Company and the runners-up (below). As grand prize winner, Brittany will receive a $250 cash prize and Somerset Development Company will also receive a $250 cash prize to support its resident services programming. The runners-ups will each receive a $25 gift certificate. A special thanks to the HAND Board of Directors who judged this year’s artwork.
Stashia Jones, National Housing Trust/Enterprise
Nicole Mariona, Montgomery Housing Partnership
Maleah Meadows, Humphrey Management
Shahad Abdalla, Quantum Real Estate Management LLC
Trinity Williams, Victory Housing
Bate Kahsay, AHC, Inc.
Bryce Blair, Homes for America
HAND’s Housing Achievement awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative housing developments, programs and solutions across the metropolitan region. On behalf of our Awards Committee, we are pleased to announce the 2013 HAND Housing Achievement Award Winners below. This was an extremely competitive round, so well-deserved kudos to all of this year’s award winners. We look forward to presenting you with this honor during the Annual Meeting Luncheon on June 11th. Many thanks to HAND’s Awards Committee for overseeing the Housing Achievement Awards Program and a tremendous thank you to the 2013 judges who were tasked with making very difficult decisions regarding this year’s applicants: Conrad Egan, Senior Advisor, Affordable Housing Institute; Lisa A. Sturtevant, PhD, Deputy Director, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis; and Rosie Allen Herring, Managing Director, Community Investment and Engagement, Fannie Mae Corporation.
Developer of the Year:
Best Large Affordable Housing Project:
Monarch Mills, Howard County Housing
Best Small Affordable Housing Project:
1415 Girard Street Cooperative, City First Homes
Best Community Life Program:
FACETS Education and Community Development Program
Best Government Housing Initiative:
My HOME Program, Prince George’s County DHCD
vPoint Apartments, The Views at Clarendon Corporation
Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend of the Year:
Best Housing Partner:
Michael Wiencek, Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners
AHOME will host its Annual Event on May 8 from 6-8 PM at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Conference Center in Arlington, VA. This year’s event will honor Tom Davis, Former Member of Congress & Fairfax County Board Chair; Kate Hanley, Former Secretary of the Commonwealth & Fairfax County Board Chair; and Jerry Hopkins, Former Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Chair and tireless community advocate. Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist, Hanley Wood will serve as the featured speaker. For more information or to register, visit the event page here: http://www.webharmony.com/AHOME/
At Housing Day on Feb. 21, the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) debuted it’s video “Rental Housing Works – Really Works!” The 6-minute presentation highlights the Rental Housing Works (RHW) program which was initiated by MAHC in conjunction with DHCD to leverages private and public funds to expand job creation, increase state and local revenues and provide quality affordable rental housing for vulnerable seniors and working families. In the first year of the initiative $17.5 million in the FY13 budget, and in January 2013, Governor O’Malley announced that he would seek an additional $25 million for the program in his FY14 budget. To view the video click on RHW Video.