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Project Manager on the Real Estate Team at Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Joanna Ha Yean Shin is a Project Manager at APAH, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Ms. Shin, who the Washington Business Journal named as a 2018 “Top 3 Architects You Need to Know”, was formerly an Associate and Design Purpose Leader at Gensler, where she combined research strategy with design to execute purpose-focused projects. Ms. Shin, believes that good design includes value beyond the visual appeal and can affect social change within the built environment. In addition to experience that includes workplace design, sports facilities and repositioned commercial office buildings, she has transformed larger scale, existing residential assets with designs that fit each neighborhood. Earlier in her career, Ms. Shin worked at the South-South Cooperation, Special Unit at the United Nations Development Programme, where she studied emerging development projects throughout the globe and developed her ethos that progress is a result of great partnerships who share a common goal. Ms. Shin earned a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University in Human Rights and Architecture. With a strong interest in how design addresses the critical issues faced by communities, Ms. Shin holds LEED GA accreditation and a Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) certificate that advocates for purposeful consideration of social, economic and environmental matters in the built environment. In addition, Ms. Shin has taught seminar workshops in the undergraduate Architecture program at Barnard College and lectured at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has also taught Senior Thesis at George Washington University and is a visiting critic for Marymount University.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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