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DHCD Seeks Offers to Transform Three Vacant and Blighted Parcels in Congress Heights

Monday, June 26, 2017
Proposals Preferred that Address Senior Housing Needs

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released a Solicitation for Offers (SFO) for the development of three sites in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8.

Through the following SFO, DHCD is seeking public offers to build projects that promote affordable housing and combat blight in the District:

  • 1444, 1452 and 1454 Alabama Avenue SE SFO: Proposals sought to construct affordable housing of which: (1) 100 percent of the units for homeownership proposals are affordable to households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); (2) 50 percent of the units for rental housing proposals are affordable to households with incomes at or below 50 percent AMI; and (3) the remaining 50 percent of the units are affordable to households at or below 30 percent AMI.

In addition to the affordability requirements, preference will be given to proposals that address senior housing needs.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 4 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2017.  Please visit https://octo.quickbase.com/db/bktkegi66 to request access and submit a proposal.

A pre-bid meeting will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10 a.m., in DHCD’s Housing Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE.

For additional information and questions, please visit http://dhcd.dc.gov/service/property-acquisition-and-disposition or contact [email protected].

Since taking office, Mayor Muriel Bowser has made affordable housing a major focus of her administration, and a key part of this commitment involves moving vacant properties out of the pipeline. Another is her $100 million investment in the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF). DC’s annual $100 million HPTF is more than any city per capita in the country. In October, the mayor celebrated a record HPTF investment for FY 2016: $106.3 million supporting 19 projects that will produce or preserve more than 1,200 affordable housing units across the city. And in the first five months of FY 2017, one half of the HPTF is already allocated to projects that will produce and preserve affordable housing across the District.

Additionally, in her March 30 State-of-the-District address, the mayor announced a new initiative of $10 million dedicated solely to a new public-private housing preservation fund.

Since January 2015, the Bowser Administration has produced and preserved over 3,100 units of affordable housing units in the District with more to come. More than 3,700 affordable housing units—capable of housing more than 9,250 District residents—are in the development pipeline.

The District’s multi-pronged approach to housing production and preservation, homeownership, and development of vacant properties is winning national recognition. On April 28, DHCD was announced as a finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. This annual award, provided by ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, recognizes innovative ways the public sector is addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The winner will be announced in September.

The District is celebrating its achievements during June Housing Bloom.” Mayor Muriel Bowser’s annual month-long initiative showcases how the public and private sectors are partnering to both produce and preserve affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods across the District. The June 24 9th Annual Housing Expo and Home Show, which had a record attendance of 5,000+, was among the events occurring this month.