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June 25, 2022
 
Housing Corporation of Arlington Appoints Erica Schwarz as ED
Erica Schwarz
Erica Schwarz

May 1, 2022 — Housing Corporation of Arlington, a nonprofit that provides, and advocates for, affordable housing in Arlington, recently announced that it named Erica Schwarz as its executive director.

Schwarz takes over from Jeff Katz, who has been serving as interim executive director of Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) in recent months.

Housing Corporation Board President Tom Nee said, “Erica is an ideal candidate with lots of experience that will serve us well. We feel she will further Housing Corporation’s mission in Arlington of safe, affordable housing for all.”

Schwarz previously served as project director at the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, executive director at Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation, capacity building funder at Connecticut Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and executive director at WATCH CDC in Waltham.

“I’m thrilled to be joining HCA and to be applying my experience in community development and community building to advance HCA’s mission as we help to strengthen the Arlington community,” she said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the board, staff, and members of HCA, as well as the residents we serve, our partners, and the community at large.”

Schwarz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Penn State University, a Master of Arts degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University, and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Questrom School of Business at Boston University.

HCA was launched in 1986 to address the community’s growing affordable housing shortage. By 2005, it owned and operated 14 two-family, serving 28 low-income family houses. Over the next four years, HCA focused on purchasing and improving apartment buildings, providing one- and two-bedroom units for smaller households.

HCA today owns and operates 150 affordable apartments throughout Arlington, and also operates a Homelessness Prevention Program, which provides funds and support to help Arlington residents at risk of becoming homeless remain in their housing.

HCA recently completed the Downing Square Broadway Initiative (DSBI) rental housing development at two sites, which will provide a secure home to 48 individuals and families, including five who were formerly homeless. DSBI will also feature a brand-new space to fight food insecurity, partnering with the nonprofit organization, Arlington EATS.

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