Cutting the ribbon to Victory Housing’s Victory Court, a mixed-income community for residents 62 and older in Rockville, are (from left) Herbert Zemil, a resident of Victory Court; Lillian Cruz, deputy director of constituent services for U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen; Kayrine Brown, director of mortgage finance for Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission; Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett; Victory Housing Board member Paul Johnson; Cardinal Donald Wuerl; Jim Brown , president of Victory Housing; Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; Rick Nelson, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; and Edmund Delaney, senior vice president of Capital One Bank, which provided financing for the project.
Cutting the ribbon to Victory Housing’s Victory Court, a mixed-income community for residents 62 and older in Rockville, are (from left) Herbert Zemil, a resident of Victory Court; Lillian Cruz, deputy director of constituent services for U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen; Kayrine Brown, director of mortgage finance for Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission; Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett; Victory Housing Board member Paul Johnson; Cardinal Donald Wuerl; Jim Brown , president of Victory Housing; Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; Rick Nelson, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; and Edmund Delaney, senior vice president of Capital One Bank, which provided financing for the project.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl joined county leaders and city officials Oct. 24 in dedicating Victory Court, a Rockville housing community for senior citizens.

The 86-unit affordable apartment community, located between Monroe Street and Maryland Avenue in the center of Rockville, was a joint venture between Victory Housing, the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and Capital One Bank.

Victory Housing is the housing development arm of the Archdiocese of Washington, providing affordable housing and related social services for low- and moderate-income senior citizens and families.

Jim Brown, president of Victory Housing, said his organization was dedicated to opening the new residence because it would "provide affordable housing for so many deserving seniors."

Cardinal Donald Wuerl called the effort part of the Church's "living participation in the mission of Christ in the world."

"Each year, the Archdiocese of Washington serves tens of thousands of people in need through its charitable and social concern agencies. The work of Victory Housing is not simply a task or a job or a service; it is a living participation in the mission of Christ in the world," Cardinal Wuerl said. "In partnership with the government, businesses and the wider community, Victory Housing is able to provide affordable housing options in areas where even moderate housing is out of reach for many.

Victory Court provides a mix of affordable and market rate one- and two-bedroom apartments to persons 62 and older. Of the total apartments, 45 will be for households at or below 50 percent of the area median income; 20 will be for households below 80 percent of the area median income, and the remainder will be leased at market rates.

"Victory Housing brings hope to those in need by providing affordable housing for senior citizens and families," Cardinal Wuerl said. "May God bless the residents of Victory Court in their new homes and all who have worked so faithfully to bring Victory Housing to this moment."

In addition to the apartment units, Victory Court includes a library, community room, cafe, arts and crafts room, wellness center, billiards room and an exercise room. The walkout terrace and patio are part of a courtyard that includes a gazebo.

Kayrine Brown, director of mortgage finance for Montgomery County's Housing Opportunities Commission, called the new facility "fabulous, absolutely fabulous."

"Victory Court is aptly named. It is a victory for moderate-income seniors, a group of citizens who are often overlooked," she said. She called the project "an excellent model for developing affordable housing for seniors."

Brown joined other civic and business leaders for the dedication and ribbon cutting.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, called the opening of Victory Court "a wonderful, wonderful conclusion to a collaboration of a lot of people." He said the opening of the the new residence is "great news for seniors and their families."

Nancy Floreen, a member of the County Council, thanked the Archdiocese of Washington and Victory House for "being so attentive to our community's needs."

"You know how to get things done," she said. "You see what the community needs. It shows when we put our minds together, our resources together and our spirits together, it makes things happen."

Among the first residents to be moving into Victory Court this fall is 72-year-old Herbert Zemil.

"I am very excited about this community," he said. "I am particularly looking forward to being around people of my own age in this gorgeous building."