2014 AHMA of the Year Award – Medium AHMA Category
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEAHMA WINNERS!
NAHMA’s 2014 COQ Awards program is jointly sponsored by HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multihousing industry, and Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, a leading provider of consulting and development services to public housing authorities and HUD’s Section 8 PBCA for Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and Connecticut.
EXEMPLARY FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Canterbury Place, Roslindale, Mass.
Owner: Cummins Towers Company Limited Partnership
Management: First Realty Management Inc.
Canterbury Place was built before Section 8 or housing for the elderly programs existed, so founding residents were mostly elderly and middle-aged singles and couples. Now, its 238 apartments are home to a growing population of single-parent and custodial grandparent households that include children and teens, as well as young professionals. As the population of younger residents expanded, on-site activities and services evolved into programs to address their needs, not just for entertainment but to help them learn, grow and prepare themselves for a successful future. The community offers a community center and computer room, various sports, an after-school program and educational opportunities, among other activities and programs.
EXEMPLARY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ELDERLY
Little Neck Village, Marion, Mass.
Owner: EAF Little Neck Village LLC
Management Company: Peabody Properties Inc.
In 1978, a 12-unit affordable housing development was created for seniors living in Marion, Massachusetts. More than three decades later, the property was physically obsolete and needed significant capital improvements. In 2008, EA Fish Developers, with Peabody Properties Inc. as management agent, partnered with the Town of Marion to develop a low-income community for seniors. Along with the substantial changes to the individual apartments and grounds, the supportive services, and social and physical coordinated activities at Little Neck Village provide its residents with an affordable aging-in-place model that will serve as an alternative to more costly assisted-living facilities.
OUTSTANDING TURNAROUND OF A TROUBLED PROPERTY
Blackstone Terrace, Woonsocket, R.I.
Owner: Atlantic Development Corp.
Management Company: Housing Management Resources Inc.
Blackstone Terrace is a 122-unit property that had a reputation for both its physical deterioration and criminal activity. Once known as Woonsocket Village, it was the financially and physically distressed housing of last resort, where families were forced to live in deteriorated units and criminal activity left residents in fear of their safety and security. The buildings were 35 years old and required significant rehabilitation. The impact of the $4.5 million revitalization has resulted in both a financial and physical transformation as well as a notable enhancement to its standing in the community. Blackstone Terrace is now a cost-effective property providing safe, affordable housing for the residents. The target population remains family households with incomes below 60 percent of median income, though the Section 8 contract allows the development to serve residents with much lower incomes.