In 1999, Judith Arandes became the first employee at Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC) during its infancy. As BHC’s first executive director, she had a special hand in creating a sense of community among our residents and spreading positive change in the surrounding neighborhoods.
BHC originally started with 59 units and one activity center in the Elmwood Focus Neighborhood but Judith’s vision for BHC went far beyond that. Shortly after having some success in the Elmwood Neighborhood, she began advocated for BHC to focus on other blighted areas in Burbank and replicating the successful model in the Verdugo-Lake, Peyton-Grismer, Lake-Alameda, and Golden State Focus Neighborhoods. Through her leadership, the organization has grown to 322 rental units, five focus neighborhoods, four activity centers, and two nationally accredited child development centers.
Judith’s commitment to working with the most vulnerable populations also led to BHC partnering with local nonprofits to provide supportive permanent and transitional housing for homeless families, domestic violence survivors, emancipated youth, and homeless veterans. After 21 years of service, Judith Arandes officially retired from BHC on February 13, 2020. Her impact on this organization and the Burbank community will continue to enrich the lives of thousands of low-income families for many years to come.
Judith has passed the baton to Sylvia Moreno, who has worked at BHC for 18 years as the senior project manager. Starting in March 2020, Sylvia Moreno will become the new executive director with Raha Arnold, BHC’s Asset Manager for the last 12 years, stepping into the role of Director of Operations and Asset Management. Sylvia Moreno, Raha Arnold, and the entire BHC team believe in continuing Judith’s legacy by furthering our mission of providing affordable housing to the Burbank community.