Who We Serve

APAH has helped more than 1,800 families, individuals, young professionals, senior citizens and persons with disabilities find safe, affordable housing at one of 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

The Marie Kondo of Arlington: Organizing Closets and Time Alike

Tara* and her eight-year old daughter have lived in Columbia Hills since last year. Tara had a stable job working at The Container Store, where she took great pleasure in helping customers organize their homes. She had good hours and genuinely loved her work. Unfortunately, the company cut her position during the pandemic. It was […]

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 approaches, we thought we’d check in with this mother of three about her plans for juggling schedules and needs as Ameera, Ahmed, and Elmahdi enter […]

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 son moved to Arlington in the early 2000s while her daughter, then an adult, remained in Fairfax. Harmony had stable work, first as a government […]

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 enrichment and opportunity,” Jones noted, “overnight, our work pivoted completely to helping resident feed their families and manage rapidly growing anxiety on many fronts.” Through […]

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 husband. She knew of Emmanuel – a fellow teacher and a neighbor -and had faith in their parents for recognizing their compatibility. They married shortly […]

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 childhood. “I used to go to the Harris Teeter down the street with my dad, and I remember Hecht’s before it was a Macy’s… [and […]

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 with her daughter and son-in-law she is happy for the stability of her apartment. “It’s a new experience. I am comfortable,” she said. When she […]

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 and pest control.” After walking into The Springs, an APAH property, she knew things would be different. The employees in the leasing office told her […]

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 in another [apartment] building, I didn’t know about a lot of programs in Arlington.” Hanane’s family relocated from Morocco to Arlington two years ago. After […]

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 special agents. Excited by the new opportunity, she established home in Arlington and a work life in DC. She immediately loved the community, a safe, […]

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, at a party surrounded by family and friends. Rozina N. graduated from Washington-Lee High School in dark blue robes and a mortarboard sporting gold and […]

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 can afford – her own place. Ruby has spent most of her adult life “taking care of the babies” as she happily puts it, working […]

A Veteran and Volunteer: Mark’s Story

Mark B.’s commitment to serving others hasn’t switched off since he left the Air Force in 1986. Although he is no longer “Active Duty” by military standards, the description is still fitting for a man who is active in his community and dutiful in helping others. This year, Mark is volunteering at the Veteran’s Resource […]

A Proud Father: Tigabu’s Story

Tigabu A. has an unwavering smile. He grew up in Ethiopia until he was a lucky recipient of the second annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (often referred to as the green card lottery) in 1996. His first destination was California, where he had some relatives waiting for him. But it didn’t feel like home to […]

A Lifelong Community Leader: Ted’s Story

Ted is a seven year resident of APAH’s Parc Rosslyn. He is quick to smile, and articulate without hesitation. Ted embodies leadership. Ted’s first home in Arlington, after graduating college, was in the Arna Valley neighborhood off of S. Glebe Road, where he lived for eleven years. While he was in this area, he was […]