Dallas City Homes (DCH) got its start back in 1989. Its purpose was “to positively transform dis-invested neighborhoods and preserve housing affordability.” Since then it has “developed or preserved the affordability of more than 2,400 apartments and participated in the construction, renovation or development of more than 350 homes for sales.”
The results have been such projects as Hillburn Hills, 711 N. Beckley, Flats at Five Mile Creek and the development of more than 400 single-family homes.
A large part of that success has been due to Karen Brooks-Crosby for the past 20 years. As DCH president, she has been only the second to hold that position.
Now, with Karen’s retirement, a third president has been named. It is Jason Brown, who has been a member of the DCH board of directors for the past four years and most recently served as treasurer.
In addition to his involvement with DCH, Jason is a veteran of the Dallas real estate world, having served as managing partner at commercial real estate services company aTenantCo. as well as “specializing in working with public and privately held real estate investments trusts, developers, non-profit organizations, municipalities and high net worth individuals.”
In addition to his work with DCH, Jason’s work with area nonprofits includes the International Council of Shopping Centers, North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, The Real Estate Council and Fair Park First.
According to Karen, “Jason is an ideal mix of intellect, experience, commitment and passion for communities. I am thrilled that he has been selected to lead DCH into its next phase of community development and its continuing mission of creating housing and physical spaces that meet the residential needs of people while addressing their multifaceted needs for wellness, education, human connectivity and personal growth.”
With DCH’s current properties in Bishop Arts, La Bajada/Trinity Groves, Pleasant Grove and Southeast Oak Cliff, Jason says, “One of my priorities will be taking these projects vertical and continuing to increase the supply of affordable housing for Dallas County.”
These plans include the development of senior housing like Hillburn Seniors, art/culture-based community assets like La Estancia and community gardens like West Dallas Community Gardens, as well as low-to-moderate income residents.
DCH Board of Directors Chair Phyllis Isaacs said, “The need for affordable housing has never been more critical. We are confident that Jason will not only continue the legacy of our retiring president, but also master the major new challenges going forward.”
* Graphic/photo courtesy of Dallas City Homes ** Photo credit: Omar Ramos Photography