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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.
Housing Initiative Partnership and HIP Services are very proud of J. Scott Hutchison, a HUD-certified bi-lingual Housing Counselor in HIP’s Hyattsville office, who has been named a Champion of Service by HUD for his exemplary work helping families avoid foreclosure. J. Scott has been with HIP Services since November, 2010 and has provided outstanding counseling services to over 450 clients in that time, achieving positive outcomes for many who otherwise would have lost their homes. Please see the attached article from “The Bridge” newsletter, a national publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Chantilly, Va., February 7, 2013– HomeAid Northern Virginia and Pulte Homes will celebrate the renovation of a 10-unit apartment building for Community Lodgings on February 20, 10:00 am at 612 Notabene Drive, Alexandria, Va. The renovation, which began in August 2012, will enable Community Lodgings to better serve the families in their programs, with the renovation of six new two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units to the property. View photos prior to renovation; watch the YouTube video about the project.
“Once again, HomeAid has been given the opportunity to work toward our mission of ending homeless in our community,” said Russell S. Rosenberger, Jr., HomeAid Northern Virginia President and president, Madison Homes, Inc. “This project exemplifies how important it is for non-profits and corporations to work together to help the community. Without the commitment of Pulte Homes and its 33 subcontractors, the renovation of the 10 apartments would not have been possible.”
This is an $870,000+ project with nearly 40% savings coming from the Builder Captain and Trade Partners, and includes new…
“This new building is absolutely gorgeous,” said Bonnie Baxley, executive director, Community Lodgings. “I know our families will be inspired when they come into this clean, fresh, new space. It will give them a brand new outlook as our program helps them move from homelessness to independence. These apartments are so beautiful any of us would be excited to live there. All of us here at Community Lodgings are grateful to everyone who helped to make this happen, but most especially to Pulte Homes and HomeAid Northern Virginia.”
“We are honored to have partnered with HomeAid and the City of Alexandria to address affordable and transitional housing needs in the area,” said Lewis Birnbaum, division president of Pulte Homes’ Mid-Atlantic operations. “For nearly 40 years, we have been a part of communities in the Metro DC area. Pulte Homes’ responsibility is not just to build homes, but to build and improve communities and positively impact the lives of our neighbors. It was a rewarding experience for us and our trade partners to roll up our sleeves and play a part in building a place for families to call home.”
About HomeAid Northern Virginia
HomeAid Northern Virginia leverages the resources of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners to undertake new construction or major renovations to homeless shelters, transitional houses, and other facilities that help homeless people gain stability and a roof over their heads. HomeAid’s partners and resources help to significantly reduce the construction costs to care provider organizations, thereby allowing them to redirect those dollars back into programs and services for homeless families and individuals.
HomeAid Northern Virginia was started in 2001 by the members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then has completed 72 projects valued at more than $10 million. HomeAid Northern Virginia is a chapter of HomeAid America.
Marks, Thomas Architects is proud to announce that The Cottages at Greenwood community has won a USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Award in the category of Socio-Economic Impact. Howard County Housing committed itself to a for-sale project consisting of single family detached, affordable, green, universally designed homes and the end result was the Cottages at Greenwood; a first of its kind project that was sold out before construction was half completed. The project was intended to be a model for future affordable homeownership development and easily replicable. The project is a certified LEED Platinum, stormwater friendly, accessible, and highly designed with the highest levels of sustainability and universal design. To learn more about the project and the soon coming Cottages II community visit http://www.cottagesatgreenwood.com/.
The 7th annual Come Home to Howard County Housing Fair will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Long Reach High School and is brought to you by County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Housing.
This is the only event where you can learn everything you need to know about living in Howard County. Last year was a record-breaking event with 52 exhibitors and over 1,000 attendees in search of Howard County living information. This free event is a unique opportunity to meet with a full range of real estate professionals; receive a free credit report; take a guided bus tour of select new housing developments; and possibly be a winner in our housing lottery drawing for two new homes in Ellicott City and Elkridge. For more information, call 410-313-6318 or visit www.comehometohowardcounty.org