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Morty Bahr’s Second Act -Union President Finds New Passion

“I have found another passion,” says Morty Bahr ’83, ’95 president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), as he steers his comfortable Lincoln through streets lined with elegant townhouses and small boutique businesses on a beautiful, late spring day. We are headed to Johnson Towers, located on Upshur Street in Northwest Washington, to see an apartment complex run by the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp. (EHDOC), a nonprofit organization that provides housing for low-income seniors. As we turn into the drive, Bahr comments, “You would never know that poor people live here.” For the past few years, Bahr has been president of the organization that shelters upwards of 5,000 seniors, 80 percent of whom are widowed, and others who are indigent. All have Social Security of $750 a month or less and pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly income in rent. The building we’re visiting is just one in a network of 53 facilities in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Download a

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