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Enterprise Homes announced that several of its recently developed communities were recognized –Harper House in Columbia, Md. as recipient of an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Baltimore WaveMaker award; The Greens at Liberty Road in Randallstown, Md. as the overall winner of the Property Management Association’s (PMA) Apartment Community Excellence (PACE) Award for “Affordable Communities with Rents Less than $900”; and The Greens at Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, Md., also honored by the PMA as a 2012 distinguished community. “Our reward is building quality, affordable for-sale and rental homes for people from all walks of life,” said Chickie Grayson, President and CEO of Enterprise Homes. “The icing on the cake is the recognition we receive by such notable organizations as ULI and the Property Management Association.” More information.
Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on November 14 to mark the completion of a $3.2 million green renovation of Edinburgh House. The 10-story brick building, located in the heart of Takoma Park on Maple Avenue, was awarded the first Be SMART multi-family loan for energy-efficient upgrades that are expected to yield an ongoing energy savings of 15-20 percent. Edinburgh House is also one of the first multifamily properties in Montgomery County to receive financing through the state’s New Issue Bond Program. State and local officials joined MHP, residents and investors to tour the 45-unit affordable rental community located less than a mile from the Takoma metro station. Renovations included installing new kitchens and bathrooms; hard surface recycled flooring in the common areas and units; energy efficient appliances, doors, windows, and lighting fixtures; and a reflective Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roof, which is made of recycled material. Three new handicap accessible units were also added to the building, and the laundry room and leasing office received a facelift. The project was completed in August and created 38 jobs.
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) was awarded a perfect score in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP). The 100 percent rating makes the FCRHA a “high performer” under the SEMAP system for FY 2012. The FCRHA has earned high performer status for many years running. Click here to read the full article.
Mosi Harrington, the founder and former executive director of the Housing Initiative Partnership, retired recently after 24 years as an advocate and a leader in the field of affordable housing for low income families. Under her leadership, the focus of the organization she helped create evolved to meet the ever-evolving housing issues of the people she served. The Housing Initiative Partnership was one of the first counseling organizations to recognize – and respond to – the foreclosure crisis.