Irvington Woods Apartments
Irvington Woods is a 71 unit apartment complex located in the Irvington neighborhood of Baltimore City. Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc. purchased the property in February 1997 through HUD's LIHPRHA program – a program designed to ensure that HUD properties owned by for profit sponsors remain as affordable housing to low-income families. Renovations to improve the deteriorated property were completed in the fall of 1997, and then again in 2007. In addition to housing, the program enhances the lives of residents through the Resident Services Program.
The Resident Services Program functions as a case management/counseling component and community resource liaison to establish opportunities for residents to improve their present situations and work towards self-sufficiency. We provide employment, computer, GED, and life skills training, as well as other programs, services, activities and resources. For our youth, we provide reading, tutoring, social skills, arts & crafts, movies, field trips, games, workshops, health education, and holiday activities.
A key function of the Resident Services Coordinator is to work closely with Property Management to assist families maintaining their housing and continue to be productive members of the community. Residents who are experiencing difficulties and at risk for eviction are identified and engaged by the RSC, assisted with interactions with property staff, and encouraged and assisted to remedy rule and lease violations.
The Resident Services Program is voluntary. Every resident is contacted upon move-in and provided an orientation to the RS program. Those who participate are given a needs assessment and an individual or family service plan is developed. To improve the quality of life for our residents, we also engage the support of the community. As a result, we are partnering and strengthening ties with other agencies and organizations in the community to increase services, activities, opportunities, and general support. One of our primary ongoing goals is to implement more creative programs and services to enhance appeal and participation. To that end we are building and maintaining a participating and creative resident/community board to help generate ideas, volunteers, and support for programs.
4102-4126 Potter Street : Baltimore, Maryland 21229