Celadon at 9th & Broadway

Celadon at 9th & Broadway is a mixed-use project that provides 250 units of affordable housing plus commercial space in downtown San Diego. The affordable units are targeted to a range of age groups and housing needs. It is notable for its complex arrangement for financing the affordable units, since it was the first project in the state of California to stack two low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) allocations into one building. Celadon also incorporates a number of sustainable features, including a rooftop eco-garden, solar photovoltaic walls, and a solar hot water system. The project opened for occupancy in May 2015 and is certified Gold under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Armstrong Place

Armstrong Place creates an environment for multigenerational interaction in affordable housing by combining 116 affordable senior apartments with 124 below-market-rate townhouses and 7,600 square feet (706 m2) of ground-floor retail space on 3.1 acres (1.25 ha) in the Third Street corridor in San Francisco, California. The senior apartments are targeted towards very-low-income seniors with 23 reserved for formerly homeless seniors. The townhouses are geared to first-time homebuyers whose annual income is between 60%–120% of the area median income. The development covers a full city block, allowing for denser housing to be built around central communal green spaces.


THE ARC—an acronym for Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus—is a $27 million, two-building, 110,000-square-foot (10,219 m2) multipurpose campus serving children and their families living in the Anacostia neighborhood, Washington, D.C.’s poorest ward. Located on a 16-acre (6 ha) site owned by the National Park Service and completed in February 2005, the campus was […]

Madison at 14th Apartments

Madison at 14th Apartments effectively mitigates the deleterious effects of two holes in downtown Oakland, one physical and the other social. Built on a former surface parking lot, this eight-story infill mid-rise apartment building introduces a striking, contemporary design to the area while plugging a jarring gap in the urban fabric. On a deeper level, this 79-unit apartment building with street-level shops and restaurants addresses the need for affordable housing and designates housing opportunities and services for former foster care youth. With Madison at 14th Apartments, Affordable Housing Associates (AHA), in partnership with First Place for Youth (FPFY), has achieved something laudable and worthy of emulation.

King’s Lynne

In 1970, America Park was one of the worst public housing projects in Massachusetts. One-quarter of its 408 units on 58 acres (23 ha) were boarded up and condemned. The tenants, recognizing that the local housing authority was not able to properly manage the project or provide the services they needed, organized themselves through an elected residents council. Wanting to bypass the state housing authority, whose regulations were seen to have exacerbated conditions, the residents council refused public renovation funds.