Thomas P. Leckey

AHS's annual Leckey Forum is named for the late Thomas P. Leckey, a person who saw people in need and acted to help them. A long-time Arlington resident and community leader, Tom believed that regardless of race, belief, and income, individuals and families should have safe and decent housing. A member of various Arlington County committees and commissions, he was a strong advocate for affordable housing. When he retired as a budget analyst with the Office of Naval Research in 1989, he moved from advocacy to hands-on action. He was among the founders of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), leading the nonprofit corporation through its formative years as the voluntary president and chief executive officer. From a dream and a commitment, APAH has evolved into a prize-winning, integral, affordable housing provider. Leckey Gardens, an APAH property, is named for Tom.

Tom also acted to help homeless women and men as a volunteer service provider and treasurer of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). In recognition of his work on their behalf, A-SPAN created an endowment in his name.

Perhaps most importantly, Tom, a man of quiet but strong religious faith, was a caring, supportive husband and father. In the words of his daughter, "My siblings and I learned a wonderful way of being from my father."

Again in her words, "The more he did for others, the happier he was. And he was a very happy man."

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Housing Solutions is deeply appreciative and greatly honored that the Leckey family has lent Tom’s name and spirit to these forums.