Thank you for your many expressions of concern and support as we work through these challenging times. Like you, we are adapting to ensure we conform to best practices and stay safe. In keeping with current directives about gathering, we are putting several events on hold (see below).
Amidst all this uncertainty, we have been heartened by examples of extraordinary kindness and generosity. People are looking out for each other. That includes some of our dedicated Community Life staff, who made sure that free meals are directly available to families in need on-site at MHP's Pembridge Community Center site in Wheaton, through a partnership with Montgomery County Public School and Arcola Elementary School. Among many initiatives, they also are engaged in extensive outreach to our families and have launched innovative approaches to continue the learning process for our students at a distance.
Our Neighborhoods Department has been hard at work developing resource guides for our residents and supporting businesses in the Long Branch and Bonifant communities. There are many more initiatives underway as well. You can read about a local business helping senior residents of MHP's The Bonifant in Silver Spring below.
During these difficult times, please know that we remain committed to doing what is needed to support our communities and carry out MHP's mission:
We have established a dedicated fund to address our residents' emergency needs. Many are feeling the impacts of loss of employment or reductions in working hours. You can help these families by donating here.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your steadfast support. Stay safe!
Robert A. Goldman
Black History Month Celebration
Students and staff at the Great Hope Homes Homework Club held a culminating celebration of Black History Month that included a dramatic interpretation of Harriet Tubman freeing slaves with songs and readings about her journey. Students also presented posters and readings about important people and events. Learn more here.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The proprietor of El Sapo Cuban Social Club in Silver Spring, a popular gathering place, surprised homebound senior residents at MHP's The Bonifant apartments with donated dinners. When asked what prompted his generosity, restaurant owner/chef Raynold Mendizábal said, ""I am a human being." Learn about it here.
Worthington Woods is A Winner
MHP is proud to share that the Washington Business Journal has selected MHP's acquisition of Worthington Woods Apartments in the District of Columbia as one of the best real estate deals of 2019. The acquisition ensures the preservation of 394 high-quality, affordable apartments in a community undergoing redevelopment and facing gentrification pressures. MHP will be honored at a celebration in the fall.
The deal pulled together many community partners, including the District of Columbia, ensuring that the DC Housing Preservation Fund achieved an important milestone: preserving more than 1,000 affordable homes. Perhaps most importantly, the deal brought the Worthington Woods community together. Worthington Woods is home to 694 residents, including 81 residents over age 55.
For more than 30 years, MHP has created quality affordable homes in Montgomery County and the surrounding region. MHP has developed more than 2,100 affordable apartments, condos, and townhomes. We also work to enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods where affordable housing is located and offer Community Life Programs for the residents.