The JB Brown Fund

Since 2011, the JB Brown Fund, a partnership between USA Properties Fund, Inc. and LifeSTEPS, has been helping residents at USA Properties Fund owned and managed affordable housing communities. We’ve distributed over $1.3 million to families and seniors in need.

The Assistance We Provide

The JB Brown Fund offers the following types of assistance to qualifying residents.

Academic Scholarships

We provide scholarships so that residents can improve their lives by attending an accredited university, vocational, or trade school.

Youth Sports Scholarships

We help residents learn the values and skills only sports can teach by providing youth sports scholarships.

Client Assistance

We provide residents financial assistance and education to help them remain in their homes during a crisis.

The Robert Clark Trade School Scholarship

Robert Clark joined USA Properties Fund in 1993, and held numerous construction-related positions before being promoted to Vice President of Construction, Field Operations, in 2018. His can-do, get-the-job-done approach has greatly contributed to USA Properties Fund’s growth and success.

On August 24, 2020, Rob tragically passed away. In memory of our colleague and friend, and to continue his legacy, USA Properties has established the Robert Clark Trade School Scholarship.

The scholarship honors Rob’s unwavering passion for the construction industry, his belief in supporting and teaching those starting out, and the sense of family that he fostered. It creates an opportunity for residents at USA Properties Fund’s affordable apartment communities to improve life for themselves and their families by attending an accredited trade school.

Advocacy for Sustainable Services to Age In Place

To age in place is to be able to remain comfortably in your home and community regardless of age, finances, or ability.

In 2016, LifeSTEPS and USA Properties Fund collaborated on a pilot program to help low-income seniors age in place by providing a Registered Nurse at several USA Properties Fund affordable communities. This allowed residents to access needed healthcare services at low cost, steps away from their door.

While the pilot RN program earned the 2020 HUD Secretary’s Healthy Homes Award for its innovation, it was ultimately unsustainable due to the lack of a stable funding source. This leaves the problem of how low-income seniors age in place unaddressed.

As part of addressing this problem, which many of us will face in our lifetimes, starting in 2022, a portion of each donation to the JB Brown Fund will be allocated towards advocacy for sustainable services to help low-income seniors age in place.

$1.3 million

Total Awards Given


Academic Scholarships


Youth Sports Scholarships


Client Assistance Grants

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