HDC MidAtlantic recognized by PHFA

HDC MidAtlantic received a Best Practices award in property management from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for Henner Apartments in Womelsdorf, Pa. The property was recognized for its outstanding performance highlighting its effective waitlist management, apartment turnover procedures and low vacancy rate.

“We are committed to making every vacant apartment ready and available to people in need of affordable housing as soon as possible,” said HDC MidAtlantic President and CEO Dana Hanchin. “HDC MidAtlantic has an outstanding team of dedicated and professional staff and high performance standards to ensure our residents have a safe and affordable place to call home.” 

The award was presented at PHFA’s 2018 Multifamily Affordable Housing Conference in June.

Built in 2007, Henner Apartments features 27 one-bedroom apartment homes for seniors age 62 years and older.

Founded in 1971, HDC MidAtlantic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing quality affordable rental homes to 4,800 residents including working families, seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. HDC MidAtlantic owns, develops and/or manages more than 3,700 affordable apartments by delivering high-quality and secure housing solutions through innovative property management, real estate development and resident services.

HDC MidAtlantic is part of the NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Step On It!

The Residents of Saint Peter Apartments in Columbia, Pa., have been traveling across the country this summer without even leaving town.

Several seniors living at the property participated in Step On It!, an initiative of Kindred at Home, a provider of home health care services.

Step On It! supplies pedometers to older adults and seniors to encourage and increase physical activity. The pedometers track each resident’s steps, which were then logged and tracked by HDC MidAtlantic Resident Services Coordinator Dora Brown each week.

Residents at Saint Peter Apartments gather to celebrate the success of Step On It!

In a fun twist to encourage participation, residents decided to “walk” to different places around the country by combining their weekly steps.

During regular check-ins, Brown shared information about the group’s weekly destination including facts on the area’s landmarks, history, food and culture. Brown said she believed the destinations pique the resident’s curiosity and they looked forward to choosing the next place to visit.

In the first leg of their journey, residents started at Saint Peter Apartments, then walked to Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, then to Assateague Lighthouse in Chincoteague, Va., then to The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC, and finally to Mercer House in Savannah, Ga.

While the trek is over 2 million steps, the group went above and beyond by walking nearly 3 million combined steps. They celebrated this major milestone with a party featuring culinary delights inspired by the destinations they “visited” on their way to Savannah.

Health and wellness is among five key focus areas HDC MidAtlantic’s Resident Services prioritizes. Resident Services Coordinators like Brown look for innovative ways to engage residents and encourage participation in wellness activities.

Staying active is especially important as we age to stay healthy and prevent against chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Brown said several residents participating in Step On It! shared that they’d lost weight since starting the program or saw improvements in conditions they’re managing like diabetes.

Step On It! has contributed to participants emotional health, too. Residents connect over a common interest and build stronger relationships with each other, all while indulging in some friendly and healthy competition.

Brown plans to continue the program as long as the residents are active and participating. They are currently “on their way” to St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, La.