Humanities Leases $20 Million Apartment Complex Ahead of Schedule

Richmond, VA – Humanities Foundation has completed Puddledock Place Apartments in Prince George County, VA. This affordable community for families is valued at more than $20,000,000 and was developed in two phases. Both phases filled up ahead of schedule and are now 100% leased. “We knew demand was strong, but these apartments leased up much faster than we thought, “said Tracy Doran, President of Humanities Foundation. “Phase Two leased up in less than two months. That is very impressive.”

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What the Governor Said in Norfolk, and Why We Should be Encouraged

Governor McAuliffe gave a lively, energetic speech to 700+ enthusiastic housers last Thursday during his first visit to the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. Just returned from a trade mission to Asia the evening before, McAuliffe frequently made the connection between housing and his pursuit of jobs and economic development for the Commonwealth.

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Humanities Foundation Thanks Recent Donors

Humanities Foundation would like to thank the following recent donors:

Daniel Island Community Fund $18,639

Coastal Community Foundation of SC $2,000

Sustaining Our Seniors of South Carolina $7,500

Realtors Housing Opportunity Fund $3,500

TD Charitable Foundation $2,500

City of Charleston Community Block Grants $10,000

City of North Charleston Community Block Grants $10,000

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Humanities Foundation Awarded Two Virginia Developments Valued at $22 Million

Mount Pleasant, SC – Humanities Foundation has been awarded two LIHTC senior developments in Virginia. They will be the first senior apartments developed by the Foundation in Virginia. Both developments will be Earthcraft Platinum Certified and elevator served and will be built utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority.

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New Senior Resident Health Initiative

May 13th was a red-letter day for The Humanities Foundation. At a press conference in Columbia the organization received a grant of $7,500 from “Sustaining Our Seniors”, former Lt. Governor McConnell’s initiative to assist seniors statewide in successfully aging in place. It was the first grant to be awarded by the new state fund.

The Humanities Foundation intends to use the SOS funds to conduct a needs assessment of residents and former residents in our affordable apartments to determine the risk factors for a senior’s becoming unable to live independently at home. Once these factors are identified, the Foundation will create strategic prevention and intervention initiatives to assist seniors in “aging in place.” The new program will be called “Supporting our Seniors Aging in Place” (SSAIP).

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Humanities Foundation Breaks Ground on 80 – Unit Development in Georgia

Richmond Hill, GA – Humanities Foundation has begun construction on its’ first development in the State of Georgia. Ashleigh Place, an 80 – unit development for seniors, will be located in Richmond Hill, Georgia and will be developed at a cost of $11.6 million utilizing LIHTC and state tax credits from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. HOME funds were also awarded and $2.4 million will be utilized for permanent financing. Ashleigh Place is being developed as a joint venture between Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the investor and the construction lender and the Richman Group is the the syndicator.

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Humanities Foundation’s Food Pantry Delivers 48,000 Pounds of Food

He walked into the room, head grayed, shoulders slumped, gaze downward. Mr. Barnes (name changed to protect confidentiality) was a Vietnam veteran living at one of Humanities Foundation’s affordable housing communities for older adults. He had been struggling to pay for food since his food stamp benefits were reduced from $150 per month to only $15 per month.

Responding to the flyers about the availability of fresh produce and staples from our emergency food pantry, Mr. Barnes came in that day, not really expecting to find much there. When he saw boxes of tomatoes, corn, eggplant, squash and more, along with canned goods, his face lit up with a smile. “Thank you so much,” he told the property manager. “Without this, I surely would not have enough to eat this month.”

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The Connection celebrates apartment “adoption”

Nine churches of different denominations hope to create a center of assistance for the Stuarts Draft community by “adopting” an apartment complex.

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Humanities Foundation Named Among Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers

Mt. Pleasant, SC (April 18, 2014) – Humanities Foundation, a Mount Pleasant, SC-based developer of affordable housing, has been selected by Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) as one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the United States. “We are honored to receive this recognition for the second time,” said Tracy Doran, President of Humanities Foundation. “As a nonprofit organization, we have been focused on our mission to end homelessness by increasing the availability of affordable housing, and this designation reflects our efforts toward growth.”

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Realtors Donate $3,500 To Humanities Foundation

Members of the grants committee for the REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Fund of the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® presented a check for $3,500 to Humanities Foundation President, Tracy Doran. This grant will help to fund the ElderNet program, which is part of ShelterNet.

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Laurel Hill Residents Enjoy Disco Party

Laurel Hill Residents recently danced to hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s at the Laurel Hill Community Center at Laurel Hill Apartments in Port Royal, SC. Refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed a chance to get their groove on.

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Board Member Passes Away

It is with great regret that Humanities Foundation announces the recent passing of one of our most knowledgeable and beloved board members. Donald Bryant Pardue, Jr. was 68 years old and died of natural causes. Don was born in Centralia, Illinois; after moving to Atlanta, Don graduated from Sandy Springs High School before serving valiantly in Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, Don was awarded a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.  Don was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant prior to his discharge from the US Army.

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Work begins on second phase of apartments

PRINCE GEORGE — Contractors have broken ground on the second phase of a $20 million apartment complex in Prince George County, projected to offer a total 156 units of affordable housing by fall of this year.

Puddledock Place Apartments are located at 1910 Fine St., just off of Temple Avenue, between Fort Lee and Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights, and right down the street from the Appomattox Small Boat Harbor.

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Residents Celebrate the Holidays

Each Humanities community has its’ own personality and each celebrates the holidays in a unique manner. These events are important as they build a sense of community that allows families to thrive and seniors to age in place. This year was particularly festive and residents were in the mood to celebrate. Events included holiday meals, gift giving, movie nights, field trips and other types of celebrations.

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Humanities Foundation Awarded Tax Credits for 80-Unit Senior Development in Georgia

Richmond Hill, GA – Humanities Foundation has been awarded its’ first development in the State of Georgia.  Ashleigh Place, an 80 – unit development for Seniors, will be located in Richmond Hill, Georgia and will be developed at a cost of $11.6 million utilizing LIHTC  and state tax credits from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  HOME funds were also awarded and $2.4 million will be utilized for permanent financing.

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Humanities Thanks Recent Donors

Humanities Foundation would like to thank the following donors…

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The Gardens Apartments Completed

Humanities Foundation has completed the Gardens, its’ second development in Louisiana.  This 55 – unit community for older persons is now fully leased due to strong demand in the East Baton Rouge submarket of Baton Rouge, LA.  “We are thrilled to see such strong demand and to be fully leased ahead of schedule. Our leasing team worked very hard to make this happen and they are to be commended,” said, Shane Doran, VP of Public Relations for Humanities Foundation.

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Humanities Foundation Breaks Ground on Second Phase of $20,000,000 Complex

Humanities Foundation has broken ground on Puddledock Place II Apartments in Prince George County, VA.   This 72- unit affordable community for families is valued at more than $9,200,000 and is the second phase of a development valued at $20,000,000.  The apartments were financed utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits  (LIHTC) administered by Virginia Housing and Development Authority, construction financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, permanent financing from Community Development Trust and equity from the Richman Group.  Connelly Builders has been selected as the contractor. The apartments are being developed as a joint venture with James Doran Company and will be managed by JDC Management, an affiliate of James Doran Company.

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Humanities Foundation Expands Resident Services Staff

Humanities Foundation has recently added personnel in order to expand capabilities in resident services.

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“You never know where life will take you”

“You never know where life will take you.”  Senita knows this well.  But no matter what her circumstances, she has persevered and risen to the challenge.

After a divorce, Senita and her two sons, ages seven and 10 had to find a new place to live.  Like many people, she started out living with friends who offered a place to stay until they could find a place of their own.  She soon found an apartment they liked, went back to school, and looked forward to the future.

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