2017 was a year of great strides for Alexandria Housing Development Corporation. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2018, we want to share with you some of the highlights of what you, our supporters, help make possible:
Developing 171 new homes and renovating 44 more
It’s going to be a good year for hard hats. The Gateway started construction in 2017, and the work on our portion of this mixed-use development will begin in August 2018. The Bloom, our partnership project with Carpenter’s Shelter, will begin construction in May. Lacy Court renovations will begin in March, and residents have already begun the process of temporary relocation, facilitated by our relocation case manager. Every one of these 215 units AHDC is working on will be either a new construction or a full renovation, compliant with EarthCraft environmental standards. When completed, AHDC will have doubled the number of affordable homes we offer in Alexandria.
The Bloom/Carpenter's Shelter
New projects underway
In 2018, AHDC will continue our work with Alfred Street Baptist Church to find way to create or preserve affordable units in the southeast corner of Alexandria, as the City continues work on their Route 1 South housing affordability plan. AHDC is in early planning for additional mixed-use development projects in growing corners of the city, and is working with other local non-profits to preserve housing opportunities for the city’s most vulnerable.
Kids complete a challenge at our Santa Breakfast
Resident Services Program
AHDC launched our resident services program (RSP) at the end of 2017. In response to resident surveys, the program will focus on creating onsite health and wellness opportunities for residents. Offerings will include exercise and healthy cooking classes, smoking cessation assistance, social events for children and adults, and more. Our community garden at The Station and upcoming ones at Lacy Court and The Bloom will take center stage in the RSP as a hub of social events, learning, and fresh produce for all.
How you can help
We are still looking for community partners to join in with our RSP! Have a great idea about how your knowledge, expertise, organizations or clubs can help further wellness in Alexandria? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be fundraising for our gardens this April 25th with Spring2Action, so be sure keep that in your calendars.
2018 is shaping up to be a top-notch year for AHDC. Housing sits at the nexus of all social issues in our city, and AHDC recognizes that when housing choices improve, we amplify health, education, and career outcomes for all our neighbors. If you’re looking for a local non-profit to support that has far reaching impact through our city, please join us as we build homes for all people in Alexandria.
Happy New Year to all!
Jon Frederick, Executive Director
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation