The Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award is given annually to an individual or organization who has significantly advanced efforts to increase the supply of and/or to improve the quality of affordable housing in Arlington through leadership, innovation, and effectiveness over time.
On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, the Alliance for Housing Solutions Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award celebration recognized three organizations whose commitment to affordable housing was demonstrated through collaboration in the preservation efforts in Westover. The award was shared by:
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
The mission of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) is to develop, preserve, own, and advocate for quality affordable housing in Arlington, and to promote opportunity for its residents through partnerships and programs. APAH was founded in 1989 and has grown into a successful real estate developer and owner, with a portfolio of 15 multifamily rental properties offering 1,361 units and valued at $300 million. In 2011, APAH was awarded Developer of the Year by the Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers and awarded the Arlington Community Foundation’s first -ever Prize for Impact and Innovation. Visit www.apah.org for more information.
A-SPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. A-SPAN’s range of supportive services works together towards one goal: ending homelessness in Arlington through housing. All of the housing programs are “Housing - First,” meaning A-SPAN quickly and successfully helps individuals and veterans get into permanent housing without any preconditions or barriers. Their case managers then provide ongoing support, help link clients to resources in the community, rebuild their lives, retain housing, and prevent a return to the streets. A-SPAN and its partner organizations in Arlington’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness helped Arlington become one of the first counties nationally to end veteran homelessness, reducing chronic homelessness by 64% since 2013. Visit www.a-span.org for more information.
Westover Village Civic Association
The Westover Village Civic Association serves the historic Westover neighborhood, located along Washington Boulevard between Ballston and East Falls Church. The neighborhood, which was initially a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, garden apartments, schools and commercial shopping center, was originally built between the 1930s and 1950s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The neighborhood continues to lose individual garden apartment buildings to redevelopment, replaced by luxury townhomes. Visit www.westovervillage.org for more information.
A big thank you to our generous event sponsors—see the complete list.
Inside NOVA's Scott McCaffrey was there to cover the event. Check it out online.
See the Press Release here.