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CAHEC Connection                                     February 2019

In This Issue

Living with a sick parent is never easy, and taking care of their home after they've passed away can be equally difficult. For Jennifer Adams, a resident at Jenkins School Apartments, selling her mother's home was something she knew she had to do. "I couldn't take care of that house anymore, so my family and I decided to sell it. I knew that meant I needed to find somewhere else to live. I'm a teacher and I've lived here my whole life, so I didn't want to move far away."

On a teacher's salary, Jennifer began her hunt to find an affordable apartment. She had heard that the old elementary school - where she attended first grade - was renovated into a senior housing community and she thought she'd start there. "It wasn't far from my mother's house. I was put on the waiting list and I moved in after an apartment became available. It was the best decision I ever made."

Jennifer explained that she loves living at Jenkins School Apartments, mainly because she feels safe. "One time, after a long day at work, I came home with an arm full of groceries, left my keys in the door, and didn't realize it until the next morning. Anywhere else that could've been bad, but I never once questioned my safety." Jennifer also noted that it was nice to find an affordable place to call home, where her neighbors are all friendly, and where her cat is also welcome. "He was my mother's cat and he loves living here, too. He really likes to lay in the window."

Misty Collins, Property Manager at Jenkins School Apartments, explained that Jennifer is a wonderful resident with a big heart and a passion for her community. "She's so caring, positive, and always offers a kind word. She works long, tiring days as a teacher and never complains." Jennifer is an Instructional Assistant and is assigned to a special needs student in the first grade at her school, but also helps out with other children when she's needed. "It's so rewarding to see my students conquer the little things that we all take for granted. Remembering to hang their coat or washing their hands well - it's the little things that make me so proud!"

We're honored to shine the spotlight on someone who clearly makes an impact on their community. Thank you, Jennifer, for letting us share your story! 

CAHEC is now accepting applications for the 2019 Open Doors Homeownership Grant. Three grants - one at $25,000; one at $15,000; and one at $10,000 - are available to nonprofit organizations developing housing for sale to low-income households. For information on grant eligibility and the online application process, please visit our website

We encourage you to read how this grant helped previous grant recipients make a positive impact on their communities, and invite you to share this opportunity with other housing nonprofits!

Peace, love, and CAHEC! Dust off your bell bottoms and get your tie-dyed shirts ready, because this year's Partners Conference reception and dinner theme will take you back to the 60's! The event will take place on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 pm on the Outdoor Lawn at the Grandover Resort. As we celebrate our 18th Annual Partners Conference, we invite you to a fun evening full of bright colors, cool tunes, and groovy dance moves. 

For complete conference information, please visit our website. Event registration will be open in early March. Stay tuned!

MIAMission in Action


  • Congrats to Seneca Village in Morgantown, WV, on receiving a Rex Williams Wellness Center from the CAHEC Foundation. Residents will be able to use a treadmill, recumbent bike, rowing machine, stretch cords, and weights to stay active!
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Expanding our Portfolio

CAHEC has added the following properties to our portfolio:

New Construction

Meadowthorpe Landing  - Lexington, KY; 71 units for seniors; Developer: AU Associates

Regency Commons - Clarion Borough, PA; 42 units for seniors; Developer: Hudson Companies

Fully Qualified

Congratulations to the following properties who have achieved 100% occupancy:

Academy II - Moscow, PA

Seneca Village - Morgantown, WV

otheroadOn the Road
CAHEC will be attending the following upcoming events:

Feb 27-March 2 NH&RA Annual Meeting - Miami, FL
March 3-6 NAHMA Spring Meeting - Washington D.C.
March 4-5 High Five Conference - Raleigh, NC
March 6-7 Tennessee Housing Conference - Nashville, TN
March 7 Food Bank of CENC Partner Summit - Raleigh, NC
March 11-13 NCSHA Legislative Conference - Washington D.C.

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