CFFK, AIDS Help Partner to Preserve Affordable Housing

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CFFK President Dianna Sutton (front, left) hands the keys to the property over to Scott Pridgen, AIDS Help Executive Director, and Christopher Elwell, AIDS Help President. (Back row) AIDS Help Immediate Past President Bryan Green and CFFK Vice Chairman Roger Heinen.

CFFK and A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. (AIDS Help) are working together to preserve affordable housing in the Keys.

A bequest of real estate property to the Community Foundation was recently sold to the social service agency in a unique arrangement to preserve five units of affordable rental housing. A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. will now own and manage the property, located on Olivia Street in Key West.

“Part of the Community Foundation’s mission is to address current and future needs in the community,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “The need for affordable housing is an issue here. Rather than place the property on the open market for redevelopment, CFFK designed a Request for Proposal to partner with nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies to preserve critical affordable housing in the Keys.”

According to Scott Pridgen, Executive Director of A.H. of Monroe County, Inc., the acquisition is in lockstep with the Agency’s vision for the Keys.

“As we move toward our 30th anniversary, one of our chief goals is empowering community members with challenges to resume productive, healthful lives. Having a place to call home is a key component of wellness,” Pridgen noted.

The property was a bequest to CFFK from former part-time Keys resident Robert Townshend, who died in 2006. A former English professor in Canada, Mr. Townshend owned several properties that provided affordable rental housing for service-sector employees. He left the property and other assets in a Charitable Remainder Trust, which supported his sister until her death in 2014, and was then bequeathed to CFFK.

Proceeds from the sale of the property will be used to support CFFK’s programs and services.

For the past 18 years, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys has been building philanthropy and matching donors to community needs. The organization also strengthens nonprofits, promotes volunteerism, helps address community needs, and builds legacy giving that will affect the future of the community.

A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. provides case-managed health care, food programs, counseling, housing, clinical, and other supportive and volunteer services in Monroe County. It also provides health education and low income housing for persons in need.

Donors interested in donating personal property and estates to the Community Foundation should contact their professional advisors. For more information about legacy giving, click here.

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Property owned by Robert Townshend (1931-2006) was part of a bequest to CFFK.