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St. Martin’s Apartments Opens in Ward 5

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Project creates 178 units of quality affordable housing

(Washington, DC) – DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Leila Finucane Edmonds joined Cardinal-Designate Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray; Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr.; Councilman At-Large Michael A.  Brown; DC Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman; DC Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Harry Sewell and Ward 5 residents for the grand opening of St. Martin’s Apartments.  

St. Martin’s, located at 116 T Street NE, provides 178 units of housing affordable to households at or below 60% of the Area Median Income, 49 of which will be affordable to households at or below 30% of AMI.  The individuals for the 30% and below AMI units will come through Catholic Charities’ social service programs. Catholic Charities, the developer for the project, will provide employment training and any required mental health or substance abuse counseling. 

Property amenities include two courtyards, a community kitchen and entertaining space, a library, underground parking, community conference rooms and a playground.  In addition, wrap-around services such as employment training and counseling will be provides to residents at or below 30% of AMI. 

“We are pleased to be a partner with Catholic Charities on this project,” said DHCD Director Edmonds.  “This property is a state-of-the-art development that continues to raise the bar for affordable housing in DC.”

DHCD provided $9.5 million in Housing Production Trust Fund monies to the project.  Other financing partners include the DC Housing Authority, DC Housing Finance Agency and sponsor equity.