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  • ACE was established in 2005 to be the housing development arm of A- HOME (Apropos Housing Opportunities and Management Enterprises). It is a separate 501(c)(3)with an added mission to educate the region about the needs for affordable housing. Since filing and receiving its 501(c)(3) status, A.C.E. has also filed for, and was accepted, as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). ACE has the ability to operate in both Westchester and Putnam counties and does community development work to augment housing development.
  • The CHDO certification allows ACE to receive Federal HOME money for the development of fair and affordable housing from the State or County, and also requires a board of directors that has low income residents as board members. One third of ACE board members represent low income individuals from the community, leading to a very diverse board. For the last year plus, under the leadership of Peter Russell, former A-HOME president, the ACE board has also met regularly and empowered its members.
  • Former A-HOME Executive Director, Joan Arnold retains her title of executive director of ACE, with her ability to focus on development of projects and advocacy issues.

ACE aspires to partner with public-spirited individuals and organizations to elevate awareness of critical local housing needs, develops affordable housing for low and moderate income households, and supports programs that enhance the capability of people to connect with jobs, schooling and healthy living conditions in their communities.

  • With the decision in the summer of 2012 that the two organizations should be separate, both organizations have taken action to effect the change fully and immediately. ACE’s primary role is development and advocacy for affordable housing. ACE may present a project to A-HOME for its management or ACE may work with other community partners. To clarify its role and separate identify, the ACE board, working collaboratively, decided on a new name.
  • ACE, as it is known, is a not-for profit organization dedicated to affordable housing and community development in Westchester and Putnam Counties.  A Community Development Housing Organization and 501(c) 3,  ACE will develop new properties, create ancillary community development projects and advocate for affordable housing.  ACE is a not -for- profit corporation that is independent of any other entity.
  • ACE fulfills its mission by allying with communities to develop projects that it the scale and character of each neighborhood, village and town, reinforcing the quality of the community for all residents. ACE-sponsored housing projects will seek to support community investment in daycare, senior services, and physical infrastructure to support stable, affordable housing.
  • In its governance and activities, ACE seeks the advice and direction of low and moderate income households who are knowledgeable about and impacted by gaps in the availability of affordable housing in our region. As a Community Development Housing Organization (CHDO), ACE seeks low income residential tenants for Board membership as well as those members of the community who are knowledgeable about the community and its needs.
  • Dr. Marion Davis
  • Henry V. Kensing, Esq.
  • Velma Lewis
  • Zena Martindale
  • Rich Mc Cauley
  • Phyllis Ruppert
  • Edward (Peter) Russell
  • Don Scott
  • Betsy Weir
  • Joan P. Arnold, Executive Director.
  • Serving as the not-for-profit sponsor of the Chappaqua Station project for Conifer Development
  • Participating in HOMES for Westchester through Joan Arnold’s leadership role and chairing the task force, “Streamlining the Public Approval Process.”
  • Promoting innovative septic and sewer solutions for Northern Westchester.
  • Supporting fair and affordable housing in Golden’s Bridge and Croton Falls.
  • Serving as not-for-profit developer for Blue Mountain Housing Corporation, the official housing arm of the Town of Bedford.
  • Authored, “Septic Solutions: A Way Forward.”
  • Co-sponsoring with AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley, “The Beautiful Dream Award” on Nov 17, 2013 See “Call for Entries”