Page 10 - The Arc CCR Annual Report 2023
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  Breaking Ground in
Affordable Housing
Creating new housing opportunities for everyone in the community.
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“Over the last 15 years, Chesapeake Neighbors has broken ground on more than just developing new units. Part of their essential work is creating conversations throughout the community about what affordable housing should look like.”
Housing is the foundation of everything in a person’s life. The Arc’s work providing quality, safe, and affordable housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities led us to understand the
greater community’s need for affordable and accessible housing. That’s why The Arc Central Chesapeake Region founded Chesapeake Neighbors in 2007—to develop affordable housing for people of all income levels.
No community in Maryland has enough affordable housing to support the
needs of its residents and low- and moderate-income renters are spending a disproportionate amount of their income on housing. Low-income renters are already more likely to have increased stress levels from working multiple jobs, navigating disability, raising children solo, and unreliable transportation. They tend to lack access to generational wealth, have a disproportionate amount of debt, and many come from historically marginalized populations. Millennials and Gen Z are slower than previous generations to enter home ownership. With salaries stagnating, more college graduates burdened with debt, and rising inflation, the demand for high-quality, affordable rentals is high.
Chesapeake Neighbors is rising to the challenge. Today, they manage a portfolio of over 70 units throughout Central
Maryland and intend to add 100 new units by 2025, facilitating greater access to affordable housing through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.
“Over the last 15 years, Chesapeake Neighbors has broken ground on more than just developing new units. Part of their essential work is creating conversations throughout the community about what affordable housing should look like,”
said Judi Olinger, Executive Director of Chesapeake Neighbors.
Chesapeake Neighbors believes the future of affordable housing is scattered-site, small-scale, mixed-income developments.
Chesapeake Neighbors strategically seeks properties where a single-family home can be divided into multiple units, or additional structures can be built on a subdividable lot. While there are challenges and expenses to this type of property development, Chesapeake Neighbors is prioritizing what is best for both the renter and the community.
One of the advantages of scattered-site, mixed-income housing is its ability to create truly diverse and inclusive communities.
By dispersing housing throughout
different neighborhoods, residents from various backgrounds, income levels, and demographics can live side by side.
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