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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.
Aging but active baby boomers, as well as the generations before them, are creating new opportunities and challenges for the U.S. housing industry, in terms of meeting the diverse lifestyle needs of people in various phases of their senior years, according to a new publication from ULI.
Read more about the report here: http://bit.ly/OILWaD
The Washington Post reports that the number of homeless school children in the Fairfax County public school system is likely to surpass 2,500 by the end of this school year. School officials say that homelessness effects children in all grades from kindergarten through high school, and at least 400 of these students are ‘unaccompanied youths’ who live without parents or guardians. This is a disturbing statistic in light of the fact that 2011 American Community Survey data identifies Fairfax County as the second wealthiest county in the United States with a median income of $106,000.
How did this happen? Fairfax County has taken some positive steps to end homelessness.
What has been the outcome of these actions?
Modest gains have been achieved through the alignment of existing housing resources (principally the federal housing choice voucher program) with the goals identified in the Blueprint. Some scattered site housing has been made available to serve extremely low income households with disabilities. In addition, housing locators have made good progress with landlords in securing housing for homeless or at risk households who might have otherwise been unable to secure rental housing due to credit history or a spotty employment record. But the root problem is the shortage of affordable housing options for households in Fairfax County making less than 50% of the area median income.
What can be done?
Homelessness is a reality throughout Northern Virginia, not just in Fairfax County, and as indicated here, the County has taken some positive first steps, but much more needs to be done. The challenges to providing affordable housing and addressing growing homelessness are significant, and the County has acknowledged their role in addressing the issue and identified ending homelessness as a priority. Now we ask that Fairfax consider the appropriate level of funding for this priority and include it in their FY2014 budget, because in the second wealthiest county in the country, over 2,000 school children should not be homeless.
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.
The CityLIFT program is a collaborative effort between Wells Fargo, local nonprofits and NeighborWorks America. It includes down-payment assistance grants, and home-buyer program support in 2012, along with a five-year home mortgage purchase lending goal focused on supporting efforts to stabilize housing markets with neighborhoods that have been deeply affected by foreclosures. CityLift held an event for the metro area on October 5 and October 6 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event was very successful, and provided hundreds of residents on the path to sustainable homeownership in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County. Key highlights of the event included 1354 appointments filled, where home ownership opportunities were explored and $7 million provided in down payment assistance in Washington, DC/Prince George’s County with $20,000 in individual grants.
Above Photo: Left to Right: Ron Carlee, 2012 APAH Honoree, ICMA; Rita Bamberger, APAH Chair, The Holladay Corp.; John Shooshan, 2012 APAH Honoree, The Shooshan Company; and, Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH.
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) honored Affordable Housing Award Recipients Ron Carlee, former Arlington County Manager and COO of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and John Shooshan, President and CEO, The Shooshan Company for their contributions to end homelessness and increase affordable housing in Arlington at the APAH Annual Fundraiser on October 2, 2012.
The City of Alexandria approved $250,000 in pre-development funds to move forward with AHC to build a 77-unit affordable apartment complex at the intersection of East Reed Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1). The building will include one, two and three-bedroom apartments and serve families earning 60% or less of the area median income (AMI). A final plan will be submitted to the City at the end of 2012.
On September 24th, the Washington, DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC LISC) released a new book entitled Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC. The new book, Becoming What We Can Be, marks DC LISC’s 30th Anniversary and features nine trailblazers who have had a significant, lasting impact in community development, along with 16 chapters on the transformation of Washington, DC neighborhoods. Infused in the chapters are the voices of 60 oral histories from elected officials, staff of nonprofits, bankers, philanthropists, developers and others. The book is available in hard copy and online through Kindle, Nook and iPad.
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