Better Housing Coalition receives 2020 Community Involvement Grant from NorthMarq’s Richmond office

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (December 29, 2020) – NorthMarq’s Richmond office presented Better Housing Coalition (BHC) with a 2020 Community Involvement Grant. The organization is the Richmond region’s largest nonprofit community development corporation.

BHC provides free, voluntary support programs to residents living in a BHC rental community to help them achieve better academic, economic or health outcomes. They proudly serve nearly 2,500 residents in 16 communities throughout the metro Richmond area and have helped over 200 first-time homebuyers build family wealth. Their mission is that every person, regardless of economic status, should have access to quality housing choices. Their impact centers around better homes, better communities, and better lives.

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L to R: Hunter Wood, Monique S. Johnson (BHC Vice President/COO), Stacie Birchett (BHC Vice President of External Affairs) and Reina Abboud.

“Those of us in the multi-housing industry have been fortunate to participate in one of the most resilient and well-performing asset classes in the US. It’s only fitting that we find a way to give back within our industry. We believe in BHC’s misson and support their leadership in the Richmond region.” said Keith Wells, managing director of NorthMarq’s Richmond office.

To deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, BHC formed a task force of representatives from across the organization to address concerns and take proactive steps in the interest of keeping its staff and residents healthy. They are taking precautionary measures as recommended by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. These measures include increased frequency of cleaning common areas, greater sanitizing of high-touch surfaces, and posting virus prevention posters in all bathrooms, kitchens, and community rooms. The organization has also installed a supply of tissues, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes in the main office reception area, and all leasing offices.

“BHC is delighted to be the beneficiary of NorthMarq’s generosity and commitment to affordable housing in the Richmond, Virginia area. The global health pandemic has made clear that safe, stable housing is more important than ever, especially for limited-income families and seniors in our region. We appreciate NorthMarq’s investment in our mission,” said Stacie Birchett, vice president -- external affairs.

In the third year of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement Grant program, the company has awarded grants to 18 non-profits in 16 cities. The program solicits nominations from each local office, and had an increase of 20 percent from 2019, with a total of 18 non-profits focused on affordable housing and reducing homelessness receiving these grants in 2020.

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BHC’s Founder’s Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to residents 17 and older seeking higher education. Joi Greene, a multi-year scholarship awardee. When Joi first applied for a scholarship, she was a sophomore at Virginia State University. She had completed her entire freshman year without a computer, borrowing one from the library or her roommate in order to complete her studies in elementary education. The scholarship fund defrayed the cost of her tuition so that she was able to afford a laptop. A multi-year scholarship awardee, Joi graduated with a 4.0 and is now teaching at the elementary school she attended as a young girl – fulfilling her dream. L to R: Greta Harris, BHC President, Joi Greene and Carter McDowell, BHC Co-Founder.
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