HHP History 1967 – 2016

HERITAGE HOUSING PARTNER’S MISSION

To promote and provide quality affordable housing for the elderly and the disabled.

HERITAGE HOUSING PARTNER’S VISION

To be a proactive leader creating vital, inclusive and accessible communities by empowering residents through housing and access to services.

Heritage Housing Partners Corporation (HHP Corp) presently manages and owns nearly 150 units of rental housing in Howard County, MD.  These include apartments, townhomes and single-family homes.  In addition, HHP CORP has sponsored directly or through joint ventures with other community-based organizations such as the Columbia/Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development a variety of other housing initiatives including: first time home buyer assistance programs, moving rental residents to homeownership, building new affordable single family homes, and providing down payment and closing cost assistance for many new homeowners.

HISTORY

The Heritage Housing Partners (HHP), formerly known as the Columbia Interfaith Corporation, and Columbia Housing Corporation is a  (501) (c) (4)  nonprofit corporation established in 1967 for the purpose of developing, owning and managing low- and moderate-income rental housing in Columbia, Maryland.  The original founders of HHP CORP were the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Columbia Combined Ministries made up of various faiths including the Jewish Council of Howard County.  The result of their initial effort was the creation of what is now known as Community Homes.  Built between 1967 and 1969, Community Homes is a scattered site development of 300 townhouse and apartment units located on five properties in the Wilde Lake and Harpers Choice Villages of Columbia.  This project was the first subsidized low-income affordable housing incorporated into Mr. James Rouse’s original development plan for Columbia. HHP CORP was the owner until 2004 when Community Homes Housing Inc., was established and was the management agent for property until October 2012.

As Columbia grew, the residents of Columbia took on a direct role for the provision of affordable housing. Involvement by the religious groups diminished around 1978 when individual community representation was substituted for the institutional representation on the Board of Directors.

SENIOR HOUSING

Shalom Square, developed by HHP CORP in 1979,  is a Section 8/202 subsidized housing complex located at 6200 to 6280 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village of Columbia. Shalom serves elderly and disabled low-income residents. The 50 unit garden style complex is made up of 15 efficiency units and 35 one-bedroom garden apartments. Plans are currently underway to substantially rehabilitate this property through the LIHTC program.

MORE FAMILY APARTMENTS

In 1988 with financial assistance from the State of Maryland and the Howard County Housing and Community Development Office, HHP CORP formed a partnership with the Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, an affiliate of the Enterprise Foundation, to acquire a 60-unit apartment complex located in Ellicott City at 3570 – 3586 Court House Drive.  Formerly known as Venus Gardens, Ellicott Terrace Apartments was incorporated under the name of Ellicott Terrace Inc., and was converted to a nonprofit corporation in 1992.  Made up of five one and 55 two-bedroom apartments, this complex provided affordable housing for low and moderate-income families.

The Ellicott Terrace property was sold to Howard County Housing Commission in April, 2009. HHP CORP was the management agent until the redevelopment plans began in 2010. Ellicott Terrace is now part of a larger complex owned by the Howard County Housing Commission known as Burgess Mills.

GROUP HOME ACQUISITION

Also in 1988, HHP CORP developed a group home acquisition and property management program for physically and mentally challenged individuals.  Supported Living, Inc. (SLI) and Residential Opportunities, Inc. (ROI) resulted from a consortium of agencies comprised of the Howard County Association of Retarded Citizens (HCARC), Adaptive Living, Inc., Catholic Charities, HUMANIM, formerly known as Developmental Services Group and HHP CORP.  Financial assistance to purchase SLI’s 18 group homes was provided by the State of Maryland Community Development Office, Howard County Housing and Community Development Office, the Baltimore Regional Community Development Corporation and the Enterprise Loan Fund.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development under the HUD 811 PRAC Program, and the Howard County Housing and Community Development Office financed ROI’s seven group homes.

In 1998 HHP CORP, in partnership with HUMANIM, was awarded a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the PRAC 811 program to develop Transitional Housing Resources, Inc. (THRI).  This entity purchased three SLI group homes.

HHP CORP, in partnership with Adaptive Living, Inc., only, was awarded a PRAC 811 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2000 to develop Progressive Housing Partners, Inc. (PHPI).  With this funding, PHPI purchased three of SLI’s group homes.

In 2002, HHP CORP’s continued their successful partnership with HUMANIM, Inc., and was awarded a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish Access Homes, Inc. (AHI).  This entity purchased two SLI group homes.

In 2007, the Howard County Office of Housing and Community Development awarded SLI a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to perform a major renovation on one of the group homes occupied by the ARC located on Cloudburst.  The ranch style home was totally rehabbed to include Universal Design elements to accommodate the needs of the physically challenge and environmentally favorable design upgrades to conserve energy.

In 2008, a loan from the County’s HOME Program helped to fund the redevelopment of a handicap accessible group home on Torrent Row. This new home received the platinum standard from the National Home Builders Association and from the US Green Building Council through their LEED initiative by incorporating energy efficient design elements, materials and appliances.  The goal is for the design and architectural lay out of this group home to be replicated by other agencies working with mentally and physically challenged individuals.

In 2010, HUMANIM developed two new group homes through the HUD PRAC 811 program, known as BB Homes providing housing to six individuals and secured HHP CORP as the management agent.

Currently HHP CORP and Arc of Howard County are working on modifying a group home on Red Lake in Columbia to make it accessible and more functional for the aging residents.  A bond bill was passed by then State Delegate Guy Guzzone for $130,000, half of the funds and HHP CORP and Arc have worked to raise the matching dollars required for the project.

In 2011, HHP CORP was awarded the management contract for St. Matthew House, a large home with 15 one bedroom units in Kings Contrivance which provides housing to persons with physical disabilities.

DEVELOPMENT

PERPETUAL REVOLVING FUND

The Perpetual Revolving Fund (PRF), a division of the HHP, was organized in 1977 when 40 Columbia families donated $100 each to provide seed money to support the development of affordable housing.

The funds are available to develop housing under federal and state programs. PRF also seeks out alternative methods of increasing the stock of low- and moderate-income housing through partnerships with the private sector.

In 1987, with PRF funding, HHP CORP purchased 13 units of housing in Clary’s Common that were later sold to first-time low- and moderate-income homebuyers who were former HHP CORP rental residents.

Through the Home Purchase Assistance Project in 1990, PRF in general partnership with the Columbia Foundation, provided funds for second trust real estate notes for eight qualifying home buyers.  The particular homes selected were constructed by Diversified Homes Meadowfield Project.  First mortgages were funded through the Maryland Community Development Administration.  HHP CORP managed the processing and collection of the second mortgages.

In partnership with the Howard County Housing Commission in 2002, PRF provided funds and entered into a shared equity program with the Commission to secure affordable housing for first-time homebuyers.  The Howard County Housing Commission acquired 17 affordable townhouse units out of the 340 sites at the project.  Seven of these units were made available for direct sale and assignment to HHP CORP/PRF.

In 2007, PRF began developing three lots located in the Lennox Park of Elkridge.  The homes will be affordably priced and will be offered to low- to moderate-income families that live or work in Howard County. A fourth lot owned by PRF adjacent to the lots described above, was sold to Habitat for Humanity to further their efforts in providing low-income affordable housing in Howard County.  The homes sold in April, 2009. Both CDBG and HOME funds were provided by the County to support this initiative.

PRF hopes to develop 84 units of senior housing on a 4-acre site located in Ellicott City on Chatham Road.  There are currently two homes adjacent to the properties which PRF is renting at market rate.

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

In 1996, the collaboration of HHP CORP, the Howard County Public School System and Howard County Housing Commission and Howard County Rec and Parks with funding from the Children Services Board,   established three Community-based Learning Centers to provide after school academic, social, and cultural enrichment to approximately 75 children residing in Community Homes.

The Learning Centers have become models for replication in other communities in Howard County and has received national recognition under HUD’s Neighborhood Networks program.  In 2011, the program was recognized by the State of Maryland and was awarded a

Certificate of Excellence under the Lights On initiative. The after-school program is consistently recognized for its achievements and service in the community. Some of the recognitions include the following:

  • MSDE – Achievement Initiative for Maryland Minority Students, 2007
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Salute to Excellence Award, 2012
  • Community Service Award, Iota Lambda Omega – AKA, 2009
  • Bright Minds Foundation – Piano for Youth, 2014
  • Howard County Council, Honorary Resolution, 2011
  • Howard County Department of Citizen Services O’Donnell Family Award, 2009
  • Howard County Department of Children Services-Celebrating Successes, 2014
  • NAACP – Recognition for After School Enrichment Program, 2010

The program has now doubled to six sites located in Howard County serving approximately 150-225 children during the school year as well as a summer school program.

HHP established the Dr. Elsie J. Walters Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1996.  As funds allow, a scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior and adult student residing in our communities.  In 2009, we established the Carole MacPhee award, after our former Executive Director who had served the agency for 20 years. This award is used to recognize a worthy volunteer.