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Real Estate Awards

Opening 275 New Doors
Preserving and Renovating 327 Units
Expanding a Community Center 

Congratulations to Paul Browne and the Real Estate Development team! Under Paul's leadership, Wesley Housing received tax credit awards from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) for four affordable communities and forged a new partnership.

Read about the recent achievements below, which are allowing Wesley Housing to create new affordable units, and preserve and renovate more than 300 apartment homes for families and individuals.
Lewinsville Senior Residences  |  McLean, VA
This affordable rental community will feature 82 senior independent-living units, nearly quadrupling the number of previously available units. A separate Fairfax County-owned building will feature an adult day-health facility, senior center, adult respite center, and two privately owned child day-care centers. We plan to break ground in 2016 and complete the project by summer 2017.
New Joint Venture
Culpepper Garden  |  Arlington, VA
Wesley Housing was recently selected to lead the recapitalization and preservation of this landmark seniors' community. We will work closely with the owners to preserve and improve the existing 204 affordable units.
For more information about pipeline projects or real estate activities, please contact Paul Browne:
Wesley Property Management Company
Congratulations! WPMC and its employees earned the notable Specialist in Housing Credit Management designation. It is conferred by NAHMA – The National Affordable Housing Management Association. Please see the full list of professional designations earned by our in-house property management team (right). 
Live webcam: Click above to view construction progress.
Construction Update
Resident Relocation with Care
Union on Queen  |  Arlington, VA
Formerly Pierce Queen Apartments
Development Partner: The Bozzuto Group

Wesley and Bozzuto are working together to bring 78 affordable doors and 193 total units to Arlington County. When complete in 2016, two garden-style buildings and a 12-story high-rise will provide homes to mixed-income families in a location convenient to transportation, employment, and recreation. 

Before construction began at Union on Queen, 50 families had to be relocated with care. Bozzuto Group Chairman and CEO, Tom Bozzuto, discussed how we cared for the families: 
"First, our development was timed so that a family’s relocation could coincide with summer recess. Second, priority placements were identified to keep children in the same school clusters. Finally, [the relocation team] reached out to all of our communities in the area, as well as those of our competitors, to find homes for these families."

The care with which the resident relocation process was handled is a true indication of our community values. We look forward to welcoming new residents to the vibrant Fort Myer Heights North neighborhood.

The remaining Pierce Queen Apartment buildings that are being incorporated into the project can be seen around the perimeter on the time-lapse webcam, above.
Summer Camp Slows
Summer Learning Loss
Did you know we tend to remember only 10-20% of what we read and hear, but 90% of what we both say and do? This is the concept behind the Zen'ith Learning System. This summer, Wesley Housing is proud to partner with Zen'ith, an organization which collaborates with nonprofits to design educational tools for students in low/moderate-income housing. 

Summer break is one of the predominant causes of the achievement gap in America’s schools. With lack of access to enriching summer activities, low-income students fall behind their more advantaged peers. Zen'ith focuses on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and individualizes each approach based on learners' needs. The system carefully addresses any student weaknesses through lesson plans and homework assignments designed to combat one intrinsic learning difficulty – forgetfulness.

During Summer Camp, our students participate in STEM-related activities, including hands-on science experiments. For example, campers learned about density by mixing vegetable oil, water, food coloring, and dish soap (right).

Zen'ith's proven record of preventing an academic slide of one to two grade levels over the summer is helping Wesley students go back to school prepared and ready to learn. To donate to this program, or participate in our school supply drive, click here.
Success Stories
Wexford Manor:  The Gonzalez family purchased their first home and will be relocating in July. Congratulations!

11-year-old Yunika 
was a runner-up in HAND's 2015 Children's Art Contest! See her winning art (right).

Strawbridge Square: 35 residents have completed Personal Care Assistant training and earned their certifications. A majority of these residents will now be employed by Golden Care LLC as home health care aides. (Read about Golden Care's roots in the Wesley community!) Employment Counselor Alice Brown is working to place the remaining graduates.

245 Residents participated in our supportive services programs last month. 
Kids Journal During Camp
We recently implemented a kids' blog project to promote reading and writing. One fifth-grade student blogged about how she wants to change the world:

"I want to be a doctor because there are children all around the world that don't have doctors to look after them. I really want to go to Africa where my family is from. My goal is to make Africa an environment of health and have more doctors and hospitals. I also want to have more schools for kids to have a normal life like we do in the U.S."


School Supply Drive 2015

Please help 300 K-12 students achieve their full learning potential.
Click here for flyer.

Wesley Teens Head to College
Learn how your support prepares teens for success. 
Tax Credit Awards

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing through VHDA are making these community improvements possible:

9% tax credits for the construction of Lewinsville Senior Residences.

9% tax credits for the renovation of Wexford Manor Apartments. This much needed renovation in Falls Church, Virginia will include a greatly expanded Community Resource Center to host more programs for children and adults.

4% tax credits for the renovations of Lynhaven and William Watters. The project will substantially renovate two communities with a total of 49 units.
- NAHB: Housing Credit Certified Professional
- NAHMASpecialist in Housing Credit Management, Certified Professional of Occupancy
- NCHMHUD Certified Occupancy Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist, Certified Manager of Housing, Site Based Budget Specialist, Management Occupancy Review Specialist, Certified Manager of Maintenance
- IREMAccredited Residential Manager
- NAA: Certified Apartment Manager
- Certified Credit Compliance Professional
- National Compliance Professional
Campers perform density experiments.
Donate Now
for your generous support!
Yunika's HAND submission

Darryl Leedom will lead program development and implementation as the new Director of Resident Services. 

Gaby Montufar recently joined the Real Estate Development team as Relocation Coordinator. Her first projects are the Wexford Manor and Lewinsville relocations.
Shelley S. Murphy, President/CEO
Wesley Housing

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