Affordable housing group names new directorEllen Lazar has...

Industry Digest

March 17, 1996

Affordable housing group names new director

Ellen Lazar has been appointed executive director of the Washington-based National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders.

She was formerly vice president and general counsel of The Enterprise Foundation in Columbia, a nonprofit, publicly supported group dedicated to providing affordable housing and community services for the poor.

Ms. Lazar has 15 years in low-income housing as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships.

A member of the bar in Maryland and Indiana, she is active in the American Bar Association, and serves on the governing board of the Affordable Housing Forum.

The National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders is a national membership organization that promotes private investment in affordable housing. NAAHL members include banks, savings and loans, community loan funds and mortgage banking companies.

Enterprise Foundation wins grant for neighborhood

The Enterprise Foundation has received a $150,000 grant from the Harry Z. Isaacs Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation to support the establishment of life skills and job readiness training as part of the Neighborhood Transformation program in Sandtown-Winchester.

Enterprise launched the Neighborhood Transformation program five years ago to improve housing, education, human services, health care, public safety and employment in Sandtown.

The Baltimore Community Foundation's grant will be used in conjunction with a previous award of $225,000 from the Goldseker Foundation to help unemployed and underemployed residents of the Baltimore community develop job skills.

The Neighborhood Transformation program is administered by Community Building in Partnership Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization.

News in Brief

American Home Shield,a Memphis, Tenn.-based home warranty company, has purchased AmeriSpec Inc., an Orange, Calif., home inspection company with 260 franchise offices throughout the United States and Canada. AmeriSpec also provides testing for carbon monoxide and radon, and energy assessment. The Baltimore franchise is at 213 Leslie Ave.

Bozzuto Development Co.,of Greenbelt, has begun construction on The Apartments at Regents Park, a 352-unit luxury rental community near the Vienna Metro Station in Fairfax County, Va. One- and two-bedroom apartments with fireplaces, extra-high ceilings and fireplaces are provided in buildings arranged along a traditional Main Street.

Coldwell Banker Home Realty Professionalsals of Severna Park said Bonnie Wolfe was recently recognized as being in the "Top 1%" of the 55,000 Coldwell Banker Realtors nation- ally. With 60 home sales totaling $9 million, Ms. Wolfe earned this honor for the fifth consecutive year. Mary Ann Elliott, Jim Gomez and Ruth Orton placed in the "Top 10%" of all Coldwell Banker agents. Regional awards were earned by Sherry Johns, Chuck Kraus, Tom Guckenburg, Peg Greenlaw, Jeanne Law, Betty Netherland, Alex Sabotor, Helen Thompson, Susan Morrison, Marshall Petty, Donna Stout and Geri Wagner.

GMAC Mortgage Corp.,a wholly owned affiliate of General Motors Acceptance Corp., recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. GMAC Mortgage has a residential servicing portfolio of $46 billion. The company has 80 offices throughout the country, including one at 2360 W. Joppa Road in Lutherville.

Guaranteed Title & Escrow Co.has opened offices in Calverton, managed by Eric F. Goldman, and Hanover, Pa., run by Sally Knaub. Operating in association with The Law Office of Myles L. Lichtenberg, Guaranteed Title also has offices in Owings Mills and Columbia. The company was founded in July.

John E. Day Associates Inc.received an "Excellence in Construction" award from the Baltimore Chapter of Associated Building & Contractors for the Harford Day School Kindergarten Building.

On the Move

Artistic Builders and Remodelers,a division of World Wide Investments Corp., has expanded its residential remodeling division with the addition of Ernest Duran, Cruz Duran, George J. Brown, Michael Galbraith and Armando Valentine to the Burtonsville firm.

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