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DHCD Seeks Offers to Transform Vacant Ward 8 Site into Affordable Housing

Friday, May 10, 2019
Site Provides Opportunities for Affordable Homeownership, Rental Projects

(Washington, DC) –The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released a Solicitation for Offers (SFO) to transform two parcels in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Bellevue into affordable housing for District residents.

Through the SFO, DHCD is seeking proposals to build affordable housing designated toward households making no more than $93,760 (80 percent of the 2018 Median Family Income [MFI] for a family of four), at 199 Chesapeake Street SW. The SFO notes that successful proposals are those that:

offer a mixed-income, residential project for households making no more 80 percent MFI; but with 75 percent of units affordable to households at 0-50 percent MFI and 25 percent to households at 51 percent - 80 percent MFI.

maximize affordability beyond the District’s Inclusionary Zoning requirements, provide a mixture of unit types and sizes across multiple MFI levels, and shall be comparable to market rate units.

commit to long-term or permanent affordability—to include at least 15 years of affordability for homeownership and 40 years for rental units;

include two and three bedroom units that allow families to grow in place;

provide job creation for District residents, and opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs); and

have quality design that complements the neighborhood’s architecture.

The deadline for submitting proposals is August 6, 2019. A Pre-Bid meeting will be held June 4 at DHCD’s Housing Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

Visit https://octo.quickbase.com/db/bktkegi66 to request access in order to submit a proposal for the sites.

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

Bowser Administration’s Commitment to Affordable Housing

Since 2015, the Bowser Administration has delivered 7,200 affordable housing units using a variety of local and federal funding resources, including an unprecedented annual investment of $100 million into the HPTF. At the start of her second term, Mayor Bowser set a bold goal to deliver an additional 36,000 units of housing—including at least 12,000 units of affordable housing—by 2025. In addition, the Mayor has called on the entire region to work together to produce 240,000 additional housing units.

This announcement comes on the heels of the introduction of the Mayor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which include a 30-percent increase in the HPTF investment, bringing her annual investment to $130 million; an increase in the Housing Preservation Fund from $10 million to $15 million, which will yield an additional $45 million in private investment; and a new $20 million Workforce Housing Fund that will leverage private sector investment by 9 to 1, bringing the fund up to $200 million.

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