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December 18, 2014 Published in Top Stories

ARHA Celebrates 75 Years Of Public Housing In Alexandria

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By Carla Branch
alexandrianews.org

 

Virginia Housing Development Authority Senior Deputy Director  Michael J. Scheurer presents plaque  to ARHA Chairman Merrick Malone and CEO Roy Priest recognizing ARHA's 75th anniversary. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Virginia Housing Development Authority Senior Deputy Director Michael J. Scheurer presents plaque to ARHA Chairman Merrick Malone and CEO Roy Priest recognizing ARHA's 75th anniversary. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

The Virginia Housing Development Authority presented Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority commissioners and staff with a plaque commemorating 75 years of providing public housing in Alexandria.

ARHA began its diamond jubilee year of celebration last summer. Last night’s presentation came at ARHA’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland celebration. This holiday celebration began five years ago and features replicas of Alexandria landmarks. Each year a new building is added. This year the new structure is 401 Wythe Street, which will become ARHA’s new headquarters in March.

ARHA produced a book of success stories to commemorate the agency’s 75th anniversary. ARHA’s goal is to list 75 success stories. The 2014 book includes approximately 50. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, City Councilman John Chapman, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook and NBA basketball great Earl Lloyd are among the success stories included in this year’s book. All of them grew up in public housing in Alexandria.

Tonight, the week of holiday celebrations will continue when 3000 children will come to the Charles Houston Recreation Center to visit Santa and receive gifts.

ARHA 75th Gala

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