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Mayor Bowser Directs $108 Million to Produce and Preserve Nearly 1,200 Affordable Housing Units

On November 9, 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the selection of 13 projects that will provide nearly 1,200 units of affordable housing in the District. These projects represent almost $108 million in public funding and will house approximately 2,730 District residents.

The 1,183 affordable units include:

  • The preservation of 460 units and the production of 638 new units.
  • 208 units designated for residents making 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
  • 636 units designated for residents making 31 percent to 50 percent AMI.
  • 204 units designated for residents making 51 percent to 80 percent AMI
  • 135 units to be used as permanent supportive housing units for the homeless, which supports the mayor’s goal to end homelessness in the District by 2020.

Of the total units, 322 will be reserved for seniors ages 55 and older (at various income levels). In addition, 59 units will be market rate (such units cannot be funded with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) sources).

Led by DHCD, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and DC Housing Authority (DCHA) reviewed 29 competitive applications and chose the following 13 projects.

Preservation Projects (Name, Location, Developer)

  • 5610 Colorado Avenue NW Cooperative (Ward 4), 5610 Colorado Avenue NW Cooperative, Inc.
  • Fort Stevens Place Apartments, 1339 Fort Stevens Drive NW (Ward 4), Community Housing Inc.
  • Partner Arms 2, 4506 Georgia Avenue NW (Ward 4), Transitional Housing Corporation
  • Brookland Place Apartments, 617 Hamlin Street NE (Ward 5), Wesley Housing Development Corporation
  • Delta Towers, 1400 Florida Avenue NE (Ward 5), Dantes Partners and Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation
  • Maplewood Courts, 2300, 2302, 2304, 2306, 2308 Hartford Street SE (Ward 8), Hopmeadow Development DC LLC and Hopmeadow Development Inc.

New Production Projects (Name, Location, Developer)

  • Abrams Hall, Building 14 on the Walter Reed campus (Ward 4), Urban Atlantic and Hines Interests Limited Partnership
  • 1164 Bladensburg Road, NE (Ward 5), Neighborhood Development Company LLC and Arten Bladensburg, LLC
  • Diane’s House, 2619 Bladensburg Road NE (Ward 5), Flaherty & Collins Dev LLC and Diane's House Ministries
  • Liberty Place Apartments, address TBD (Ward 6), National Housing Trust – Enterprise Preservation Corporation and IBF Development
  • St. Elizabeth’s East Housing, 1000 Alabama Avenue SE (Ward 8), Anacostia Economic Development Corporation and Flaherty & Collins Development LLC
  • City View, 2850 Douglas Place SE (Ward 8), William C. Smith
  • Parkway Overlook Apartments, 2707-2715 Robinson Place SE (Ward 8), DC Housing Authority

The project selection was made through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process held by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD’s plan is to send out RFPs twice each year.
Funding for the 13 projects will come from a number of public sources, including $102.5 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Mayor Bowser has committed $100 million annually to the fund each year of her administration – more than any city per capita in the country.

Since January 2015, DHCD has produced and preserved over 2,100 affordable housing units in the District with more to come. Another 5,300 affordable housing units — capable of housing nearly 12,000 District residents — are in the development pipeline.

For more information on the individual projects and the Mayor’s continued efforts regarding affordable housing, see Related Content below.