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The Willow Grove Community Development Corporation currently provides more than 58 quality, affordable rental housing units in over 47 properties throughout Eastern Montgomery County, including Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Hatboro, Horsham Township, and Upper Moreland Township. Our tenants live in a wide variety of homes, including single-family dwellings, duplexes, triplexes, townhouses and apartments.

Our organization's success is the result of collaborative contributions from the private sector, local government, businesses, faith organizations, and individuals who support our mission. It is through the continued support of our generous donors that we are able to provide and maintain affordable rental housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families throughout Eastern Montgomery County.

Willow Grove CDC’s free community service programs help our lower-income neighbors by providing income tax preparation; by offering budgeting and homebuyer education; and by providing food, vouchers, and nutrition education to Montgomery County senior citizens.

Our organization is guided and supported by a vital and active Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and expertise to Willow Grove CDC. These directors meet monthly and help by serving on committees and tenant support teams, contributing donations, and working within the community to raise awareness for our programs. There are 2 professionals on staff who manage and coordinate programs and also provide direct services. Additional community volunteers help with programs and special projects. We always welcome the support of community donors and volunteers.

Here are features that all of our residents can enjoy:
  • Affordable quality housing
  • Support programs
  • Regular inspections and home visits 
  • Preventive maintenance

Our mission is to help families and communities by providing affordable housing.

OUR FOUNDER

Joseph Hagy
Founder and President
1990 – 2007

OUR OFFICERS

President - Henry Jacquelin
Vice President - Arlene Goldbach
Secretary - Mary Spencer
Treasurer - John T. Durkin, Jr.
 

OUR STAFF

Executive Director - Jerome Mitchell
Administrative Manager - Lisa M. Lang

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nelson Acevedo
Daniel Celec
John Connell
Jean Dixon
John Durkin, Jr.
Frank Emmerich
Tim Farward
Ray Freisheim
Arlene Goldbach
Falesha Grasty
Henry Jacquelin
Neil Klinghoffer
Sherry Pace
Kathy Palmer
Lucy Sharp, Esq.
Mary Spencer
Sam Swindells
William Thompson
Frederick Wright

Non-Discrimination Policies
Willow Grove CDC fully complies with federal program requirements prohibiting discrimination. Beyond those requirements, we embrace values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizational leadership, policies, and management of resources. We strive to eliminate barriers to our housing and services, and promote full and equal access to our programs.

 

Fair Housing Statement
As an equal opportunity housing provider, Willow Grove CDC provides housing opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, familial status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
www.hud.gov/fairhousing

 

VITA Statement
Willow Grove CDC’s VITA program ensures civil rights protection: No taxpayer shall be subject to discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities, or race, color, national origin, reprisal, disability or age in programs or activities supported by the Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service.
https://www.irs.gov/about-irs/your-civil-rights-are-protected

 

Federal Food Programs Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, Willow Grove CDC is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/cr/civil-rights-laws-regulations

Staff Bios:

Jerome Mitchell, Executive Director, holds an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's degree in Community Economic Development from Sothern New Hampshire University. He is also a graduate of The New Seminary and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister at The Cathedral of St. John The Devine, both in New York City. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Mt. Airy Community Development Corporation and a former Board Member of both Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation and Community College of Philadelphia. Jerome is deeply rooted in Montgomery County and has a great commitment to leadership and service and in securing public and private resources for the Greater Willow Grove area communities for affordable housing and additional services.

Lisa Lang, Administrative Manager, has a BS in Business Administration. She manages office operations, service program coordination, leasing and property management, and resources. She also provides direct services. Lisa was hired in 2009.

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