Who We Are

Mission and history

The Better Housing Coalition changes lives and transforms communities through high-quality, affordable housing. To learn more about our work, watch the video below, first launched on May 21, 2015 at TransformRVA, BHC’s 25th-Anniversary event:

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We are driven by respect for residents, sustaining the environment and preserving neighborhood character. Our portfolio includes 16 residential communities – 8 for lower-income seniors – as well as 180 single-family homes for low- to moderate-income first-time buyers.

Founded in 1988 by Richmond-area civic leaders Mary Tyler McClenahan and Carter McDowell, the Better Housing Coalition combines long-term solutions in affordable housing with ongoing support services for residents.  We help seniors age in place, help children aspire to higher education, and help adults gain self-sufficiency. As a leader in community revitalization, our award-winning organization works with residents, local governments and agencies, other non-profits and the philanthropic community to create lasting change for the better.