U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge visited the AHEPA 29 Senior Apartments campus in Houston, Texas, on Monday.
Fudge’s visit was the first by a HUD secretary to an AHEPA Affordable Housing Management community. Fudge toured the campus and met with residents and community personnel.
AHEPA Senior Apartments communities offer low-income adults ages 62 and older residential apartment-home living with voluntary supportive services. Such services may include meals, case management, transportation assistance, public benefits programs enrollment assistance, fitness and wellness programs, housekeeping assistance and health services.
U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX), who represents the congressional district where the campus is located, and U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), who represent surrounding congressional districts in Houston, accompanied Secretary Fudge during the visit.
Green is a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over public housing.
The AHEPA Affordable Housing Management operates six affordable senior living communities with a total of 363 units in Houston.
“We were honored to welcome Secretary Fudge and several members of Congress to our affordable senior living communities in Houston,” AMC President and CEO Steve Beck said. “We applaud their commitment to creating strong and sustainable affordable housing for all, including seniors.
“We also appreciate the historic level of investment in the HUD Section 202 program provided by Congress and the Administration,” Beck said. “Our waitlists in Houston are the largest in our portfolio, so the need and demand is clear.”
Fletcher said she was grateful to Fudge for her leadership on the matter.
“I am grateful for her leadership, for a strong partnership between HUD and our local organizations, including AHEPA Senior Housing, to ensure meaningful housing assistance for those in need in our community,” the congresswoman said.
Fudge tweeted that she aims to take care of the generation that took care of her own.
“Ensuring that our seniors have access to affordable, decent and safe housing is paramount,” she wrote. “And I made sure the residents of AHEPA Senior Housing in Houston know that.”
“Celebrating its centennial anniversary, AHEPA is at its heart a service organization comprised of volunteer Greek Americans and Philhellenes who aspire to give back to their communities,” AHEPA National Housing Corporation President Carl R. Hollister said. “The Secretary’s visit is a landmark moment for our mission-driven company, and it fulfills the bold vision of our founders who chose to give back by sponsoring quality affordable housing to seniors.”
During the visit, Fudge and Green presented AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company Maintenance Supervisor Roberto Selgado with an American Flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in appreciation for Selgado’s 22 years of service. They also presented President and CEO Beck with an American flag that will remain at AHEPA 29 Senior Apartments.
The AHEPA Affordable Housing Management Company is a nationwide provider of affordable independent senior living and affordable assisted living communities. The company has developed and manages 87 affordable supportive senior living communities in 19 states that are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 program.
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