VSU College Of Business Alum, Lequan Hylton
Published date: October 16, 2014
LeQuan Hylton, 31
Logistics Management Specialist, Department of Defense
Featured in The Richmond Style Weekly 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Issue
LeQuan Hylton moved from Martinsville to Richmond in 1998. The city made an unexpected impression on him. "It was my first contact with people who were homeless," he says. "And really, it bothered me that people lived in such conditions." So he started a homeless outreach program through his church, throwing himself at the problem by leading initiatives to provide free meals. It was in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University's Wilder School of Government and Public affairs that he was introduced to another challenge: the substandard housing that's available to the working poor.
Hylton thought he could help. He got his real estate license, and with his mother, Sharon Hilton, launched a company dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable housing. So far, they manage six properties and have plans to grow.
"We do a lot of work to make sure they're nice," he says. "That's the kind of housing we wanted to provide — places we'd actually live in ourselves."
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