A road leading into Greenbriar, a new affordable housing community in Annapolis, has been named after Yevola S. Peters, the woman who fought for years to make the dream of affordable housing come true.
Ms. Peters spent 21 years with the city's Community Action Agency, helping elderly people, impoverished families and the homeless. She retired last year from her post as executive director.
South County Residential Projects Inc., a non-profit group founded in 1969 to build more affordable housing, decided to pay tribute to her by naming a road leading into Greenbriar after her. Peters Way is the main route off Bywater Road to the community of 35 town houses.
"She has been in the forefront of housing for a number of years," said Bertina Nick, president of South County Residential Projects, an independent branch of the Community Action Agency.
Ms. Nick emphasized the road's symbolic significance. Peters Way leads to an affordable housing community, just like Ms. Peters led the effort to boost the city's stock of inexpensive homes.
Greenbriar opened in February after years of planning by housing activists and city officials. The two-story town houses were sold for between $71,000 and $76,111 to first-time buyers. Low- to moderate-income families qualified for reduced-interest mortgages.
The city agreed to borrow $451,000 and lend it to the private, community-based agency, marking the first time it staked its credit on affordable housing.