Grace Morris

Executive Director – Heritage Housing Partners Corporation

Grace Morris

Grace oversees the organization which was established in 1967. HHPC owns and manages its own portfolio of affordable housing properties in Howard County, including Shalom Square, a 50-unit property for seniors and persons with disabilities and Oakland Place, a 16-unit four-bedroom townhome community that includes four MIHUs. HHPC also has ownership interest in 25 scattered site shared living houses for persons with disabilities which they also manage. HHPC works with Humanim to support three Howard County homelessness programs serving over 40 chronically homeless individuals and families. HHPC also manages affordable properties for other nonprofit owners including CHAI, Compass, The ARC of Howard County and the Howard County Historical Society. HHPC manages units in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Hereford County. Grace supervises a team of five full time staff, three part-time staff and a consultant.

Education – BA – Political Science and History and an M.P.A. – Master in Public Administration

She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She moved to Elkridge in 1998 where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Marcus Smith

Senior Property Manager

Mr. Smith joined Heritage Housing Partners in October 2010. With over 18 years of affordable housing experience, Mr. Smith oversees the property management, and overall HUD compliance as Senior Property Manager with Heritage Housing Partners.

Mr. Smith received a Master’s of Real Estate Development (MRED) with a concentration in affordable housing programs from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009. His prior employment includes being a Housing Specialist with the City of Annapolis Housing Authority, the City of Alexandria Housing Authority, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and as a consultant working with HUD central on the Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP). Mr. Smith also has a Section 8 Housing Manager certification through the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

Bateya Jackson

Property Manager

Ms. Jackson joined Heritage Housing Partners in June 2022.  She oversees the Pue Fulton House, Oakland Place and CHAI Hope Houses as the Property Manager with Heritage Housing Partners.
Ms. Jackson brings more than 3 years of HUD/Property Manager experience.  She obtained her Certified Occupancy Specialist certification in 2020 and her Assisted Multifamily Housing Manager certification in 2021. She is passionate about helping others and is excited about joining the Heritage Housing Partners team.
Bateya is a lifelong resident of Baltimore City. She enjoys cheering for her favorite sports team, the Baltimore Ravens and spending time with family and friends.
She is also a dog-mom to her 9-year-old yorkie, Tank.


Dana Lyons

Accounting Manager

Dana Lyons is the Accounting Manager for Heritage Housing Partners. Employed with Heritage Housing Partners since 2014, she oversees all areas of accounting to include accounts payable, receivables, insurance compliance, and annual audits. Dana also often serves in the role of office manager for HHP headquarters.

Previously, Dana was a small business owner of two businesses in Carroll County, MD, with over 18 years of accounting, marketing, and business skills that are well utilized for our company.