|Arlington, VA, June 14, 2007—The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)
has created The Douglas Peterson Affordable Housing Development Fund in recognition of Douglas Peterson’s lifelong commitment to affordable housing in Arlington. Peterson recently stepped down as APAH’s executive director after a 7-year tenure.
“This fund is a way to both honor Douglas and to help build affordable housing in Arlington,” APAH board member, R. B. Anderson, Jr. said when announcing the new fund at a recent event honoring APAH’s former executive director.
Peterson grew up in Arlington and returned after college and a stint in the Peace Corp to marry, raise a family and devote his adult life to promoting the welfare of children and families, including the last 18 years working to create more affordable housing in his home town. During Peterson’s 7 years as executive director, APAH’s portfolio grew from 198 to 514 apartments, with another 236 apartments under construction. APAH’s 10 properties provide safe, decent, affordable housing for about 2,100 Arlington residents.
APAH created this fund to ensure that Peterson’s legacy will grow by helping to create more affordable housing in Arlington, especially housing and programs that will benefit children. “APAH is the only non-profit, affordable housing development organization working exclusively in Arlington,” notes Nina Janopaul, who took over as APAH’s executive director on June 1st. “I hope that APAH can play an increasing role in maintaining the vibrant diversity and livability of Arlington.”
Contributions for The Douglas Peterson Affordable Housing Development Fund may be made to APAH, 2704 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. All contributions to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, a 501(c) (3) organization, are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
Founded in 1989, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing is a nonprofit housing development corporation whose mission is to provide safe, affordable housing to residents throughout Arlington. For more information, visit APAH online at www.apah.org