Meet Our Residents

APAH has helped many thousands of families, individuals, young professionals, senior citizens and persons with disabilities find safe, affordable housing at our 17 properties. Most residents work; some are on fixed incomes. All residents are responsible for paying monthly rent. Household income for an APAH resident is typically between $8,700–$57,500.

Meet Our Residents

Resident Samia Mehenoun and Her Family Proudly Call Columbia Hills Home

When Samia Mehenoun and her family moved into their Columbia Hills apartment in 2018, they were relieved to have found a safe and affordable place to call home. Natives of […]

Resident Daniel Adams Keeps Spreading Hope and Lending a Hand

The babies smile at him. The kids know him by name. Even Cedric the husky gets excited when he sees Daniel Adams because he knows it’s time to play. Wherever […]

A Pandemic Silver Lining: Bernard’s Path to Entrepreneurship

Before the pandemic, Bernard was a project manager for a security company that is contracted out to DC charter schools. School closures dramatically cut the hours he worked and qualified […]

Organizing Closets and Helping Others

Tara* and her eight-year old daughter have lived in APAH’s Columbia Hills Apartments since last year. Tara had a stable job working at The Container Store, where she took great […]

A Mother’s Juggling Act: Managing Remote Learning with Three Kids

“It will be hard this year,” said Afaf. You may remember Afaf and her family from this feature and given the challenges parents are facing as the start of school […]

It’s just housing until it’s safe, and then it’s “home”

Born in Northern Virginia, Harmony* has lived her whole life in Fairfax and Arlington Counties.  Harmony was a happy mom of two when she, her partner, and their three-year old […]

Responding to Crisis: APAH Pivots to Meet Emergency Resident Needs

Caroline Jones, APAH’s Director of Resident Services was just two weeks into the job when the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside-down. “APAH’s work with residents has been focused on […]

Valentine’s Day Special: Arranged Love

Nearly sixty years ago in Ghana, Gertrude learned about her arranged marriage through a call from her grandmother, telling her to come down to the village to meet her future […]

Rooted in Arlington: Rose Gardens and Home

Monica grew up in the Westover neighborhood with nine siblings, just two miles away from her home at the Springs Apartments. Arlington is home to many fond memories of her […]

Her Own Home for the Holidays: Barbara’s Story

When Barbara G. moved into Columbia Hills Apartments, it was the first time in 12 years she had a space of her own to call home. After living in Arlington […]

A Mother and Daughter at Home at Columbia Hills: Shannel’s Story

When Shannel was looking for an apartment for her and her daughter, it was hard to find an affordable home that met their needs. “I [often] had issues with maintenance […]

Community Connections: APAH’s resident services help a mother settle into life in Arlington

Since Hanane moved into Columbia Hills Apartments a year ago with her husband and two sons, she’s enjoyed more of what Arlington has to offer. “Before, when I was living […]

From Here to There and Back Again: The Story of Charmaine J.

After graduating from high school in a small Ohio town of less than 25,000 people, Charmaine moved to Arlington for her new job at the FBI as a secretary for […]

Like Father, Like Daughter: A family celebrates two graduations this summer

Summertime is a momentous occasion for graduates of all ages, but families aren’t usually experiencing multi-generational graduations. Rozina’s family recently celebrated the dual graduation of Rozina and her father, Asheber, […]

Meet Ruby, Arlington Resident and Art Lover

Ruby recently moved in to APAH’s newest community, Columbia Hills. She has lived in and around Arlington since 1984, but this is the first time she has had – and […]