Wed. Afternoon Rental Option – Low Income in Logan Circle

Sorry for all the Logan Circle options lately but I know there are those who work at lower paying jobs and could possibly take advantage of this great location. It is located on R St, NW between 14th and 15th:

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The Craigslist ad says:

R Street Apartments is a tax credit property which means we have certain guidelines and regulations we must follow for affordable housing. Please read all info below before emailing with a contact to the property. If you have read the info below and find that you qualify then please send us an email and we can proceed from there.

Here at R Street we have a 1 bedroom available today and another 1 bedroom becoming available in April. A 1 bedroom apartment is $1061 a month and does not include electric. A 1 bedroom is roughly 460sq feet. In order to qualify for a 1 bedroom you MUST be in the income bracket of $36,380 and $43,500 for the year.
We also have a 2 bedroom available today and two more 2 bedroom units becoming available in April. A 2 bedroom apartment is $1257 a month and does not include electric. A 2 bedroom is roughly 780sq feet. In order to qualify for a 2 bedroom there must be two individuals for the unit and a combined household income between the bracket of $43,100 – $49,680 for the year.

We have laundry facilities in each building….each unit is cable ready…..there is no application fee to apply….starting security deposit is $99 and may go up based on credit and criminal background check. We are at a great location to several Metro Stops (U street being the closest). We are in walking distance to both Logan Circle and Dupont Circle areas. We do accept small animals (20lbs and under) with a one time non refundalble pet deposit of $300.

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    • $1100 to live in a 460 square foot one-bedroom in the most dangerous apartment complex in Logan Circle? Noooo thanks.

    • Perp did not live in the building, fwiw.

      Good friend of my kid lives there. There are some nice folks there.

  • Yes, that’s the apartment that was having gay bashing problems.

    All along that particular block, it’s not uncommon to see many police cars and ambulances.

  • i’m pretty sure this is where all the hate crimes against homosexuals happened. no thanks

  • You all beat me to it; the gang that controls that complex seems to have a problem first with white people and second with gay people. I’ve been verbally “assaulted” (told, go home, cracker, which I didn’t even know what that meant until I looked it up) while walking by there.

  • Sounds like the perfect place for a pair of big, strapping gay men.

  • That building is way shady, as others have stated.

  • Honestly, is there a worse block west of 14th and south of U. I don’t often walk down that block on purpose. But the few times that I have, there always seems to be random people milling about, loud music, etc. etc.

    What’s the deal? Is it only that one building causing the problems? Or is it something else?

    • I live in that neighborhood and stay well clear of that block at all times. Nothing but harassment for a woman walking around there — and not just from men. Women and little kids, too! It’s just its own little trouble spot.

  • Ya know… if you’re low income you might want to consider living somplace other than Logan Circle.

    • +10000000000000

    • Ugh, poor people are the worst. They should just stay in, like, poor neighborhoods. Ew.

      • That’s like saying poor people should be given Lexuses to drive around in– why should they have to drive crappy old cars or take the bus?

        I’m above middle class and realize Logan Circle is unaffordable on my salary, but maybe after I’ve worked longer and am making more money I can consider it. So I just live somewhere less expensive in the meantime. I can’t think of a reason why anyone would HAVE to live in Logan Circle.

      • If you think that only rich, gay people live in Logan Circle, then I’m guessing you’ve never even been to Logan Circle.

    • @just saying don’t be such a asshat. Sorry if the low income society don’t mesh well with your venti mochafrappalatte! You duchebag!

      • +++

        Not all poor people are bad and not all people with money are good.


      • What?? You can get a 1-bedroom for this price in my neighborhood, easily, without having to qualify for low-income status. Why should our tax dollars be paying for people to live in neighborhoods most of us middle class people can’t afford to live in?

      • Asshat? You are clearly the asshat. Since when is drinking a coffee a crime? if you would read the link to the story, or simply read the comments by others on here, you would realize that the block of R street is a crime haven. And by and large most accounts have been that they are started by young BLACK hoodlums attacking white and many times gay men. So tell now, would you rather live on a block where residents are known for drinking too much coffee or one where you may be attacked simply for being white or gay? I think we have our answer.

  • Used to live around the corner from this block (in the former convent on 15th) There is a whole row of nearly identical apartment buildings on this block of R that have been low income for years. The location is actually superb, but there’s no way I’d choose to live in one of those buildings.

    • We have a friend who was on MPD and worked in that PSA. He said that a surprisingly large number of the calls he answered came from one of those buildings, or was eventually traced back to someone living in one of them.

  • How do people in that income bracket afford their rent?

    • Like my family did, they squeeze a family of 5 into a one-bedroom apt. live frugally, save money and buy a place in a marginal area like the wasteland of Columbia Heights 25 years ago.

  • It’s not about poor people. It’s about the racist black people PERIOD!

    Reading that article brought me immediately back to when I was 8 years old and my mom was visiting a friend at her house in Flint, Michigan. My brother and I went outside and we’re playing about 1000 feet away from the townhouse. A group of 5 black kids surrounded us and attacked. It had everything to so with the color of our skin.

    What pisses me off more then anything about these scenarios is that it is my tax dollars that supporting these animals.

  • If you want to live in a nice neighborhood and can’t afford more than $1061/month… move to Virginia! Or get a studio instead! Most people go with one of these options.

  • You couldn’t pay me enough money to live on R Street between 14th and 15th. I prefer to not be verbally (or physically) assaulted every time I enter or exit my home.

  • My point was I was attacked for no other reason then the color of my skin. The white gay men were attacked in this complex because of the color of their skin. The racist here were the black hoodlums. My brother and I were attacked because we were in their territory in Michigan. So yes when a group of racist attacks people that are different from them on that basis they are animals. It is exactly like marking their territory by peeing on it.

    I don’t really care if you have a problem with that. Go be a apologist for these animals all you want and call me racist. At least I call it the way it is and flatly refuse to find it acceptable.

    I would find it equally as disturbing if a non-white person moved into a predominately white neighborhood and experienced the same treatment.

  • I find it disturbing that you feel that it’s okay to call black people animals.

  • Well the whole stacking poor people on top of each other somewhere far away from everyone else hasn’t worked thus far. Maybe our tax dollars should go towards new innovative ideas when it comes to housing. Programs like this improve the quality of life for the entire community which equals less tax dollars wasted.

    • but did they stack the poor people and cage them inside. See let’s try that. The experiment failed when the poor were left to roam the streets. Poor people + Cages = Less Crime

      • His point for the unconversant is that the model on concentrated poverty has proved to be hurtful to poor people.

        • “model of concentrated poverty”

          Section 8 is great (under the right circumstances), just don’t put all that housing in one building.

  • go ahead and concentrate on that!

    I call the white people of the 50’s & 60’s who treated black people just as poorly animals.

    White people in that era who treated and abused the black community did so as they lived in a environment of perceived and in most cases actual immunity. Just as these thugs are constantly reinforced in their community that it is ok to do this crap.

    So again if you purposely physically attack someone based on race, sexual orientation they are a animal. I don’t care what color they are.

    • i honestly think you need a dictionary. i do not think “animal” means what you think it means. you’re giving animals a bad name.

      BESIDES….we’re all animals technically 😀

      • 🙂 He’s talking about bigots who beat up gay men and white people because of their orientation/skin. We don’t give people a pass on hate crimes because of their ancestry or slavery or whatever.

        I do think he could have tempered his words somewhat, but OTOH think how silly it is to say you can’t call people who beat up gay people animals. Think about that for 30 seconds. Everyone is so afraid of losing the title of “hip liberal person” that they go off the hypocritical deep end. Their attempt at anti-racist sentiment is in itself a little bigoted for the double standard it implies.

        He’s clearly not talking about all black people. Read his comments again — his first sentence makes that differentiation. All this knee jerk naive indignation has got to go.

        I’ll take my answer off the air, thanks.

        • ” All this knee jerk naive indignation has got to go.”


        • Look, I’m a white gay man who walks by these complexes all of the time. There was one limited incident; I think the negative feedback you’re receiving from us is your generalization of hundreds of people on that block when there were maybe a handful of offenders…

          With your logic, all minorities should steer clear of any n’hood where a verbal hate crime occurred.

          Maybe I should avoid Georgetown where I’ve been called the “F” word multiple times by “well” educated white georgetown students. I don’t hear outcries from people on this board saying not to live in that neighborhood.

          • your point is lost on me. i wouldn’t want to live in a building with “well educated white georgetown students” either.

          • You’re right we shouldn’t generalize a couple bad apples to the fruit of the whole tree, but I’m not generalizing. Re-read my comment. I never even reference the building. I’m only talking about the perps, basing my information on the top ten comments or so which reference mutliple incidents.

            You should live wherever you please. This isn’t sarcasm — I think the best antidote to intolerance is a dose of diversity.

  • What’s up with those incredibly tight low/high income limits? There is a 15% spread between the low and high allowed income amounts. Why is there a bottom income amount at all? How are these numbers set anyway? Are they linked to inflation? What happens if your income changes after you qualify – do you get grandfathered like a rent control apartment in NY? Are the actual figures linked to ‘income’ from some combination of social programs?

    Does anyone know the real answer to this question?

  • I lived @ 14th & corcoran from 2005-2007…problems every night. I think low income housing might adapt better in a low-middle income neighborhood rather than a middle-high one.

  • Is this 1972? Wasn’t the conclusion that income restricted housing should be widely dispersed throughout a neighborhood and not concentrated in a single area reached decades ago? Seems time and again city leaders love to violate basic urban governance principles.

  • I didn’t live in one of the buildings but across the street in one of the houses. My house was broken into and the door torn apart. I was so scared to stay there and live there after that. And yes the harrassment was an issue as well.

  • In addition to the general uncomfortable feeling one gets on the block, there is a huge problem with littering. The sidewalks are always absolutely disgusting. I’ve seen everything from Sonic leftovers (there isn’t even a location in DC!) to crab legs.

  • Its truly ashame that none of those who have commented actually live here on the property…otherwise you would have commented on the growth that this property has taken and all the good things that have been happening. As a young professional resident of this property I have to say that I have seen amazing differences being made on this property all for the good. And really do you honestly think that everything your commenting about doesn’t happen all over the city…please get over yourselves and let people do their jobs and live their lives to the best of their abilities. Have a great day.

  • My husband and I own a home a few blocks from here. We are both young professionals. I was about to comment on the crime situation in this block, but I’m shocked at the number of commenters who think this block is bad simply because several black people live there. As an African American, I cannot believe such attitudes are so pervasive in one of the most progressive cities in America. Also, why do white people (or gay white men) think that they are the only ones who get harrassed by certain people in this area? I get harrassed, too (and I have been harrassed all over this city, especially by homeless men). It’s not a racial issue as much as it is a class issue. I agree with Greg that the block has come a long way (I recently noticed that there is a police camera that looks directly onto the front door of one of the buildings, which is odd, but may have helped). Ten years ago (pre-Whole Foods), no one even wanted to live in Logan Circle. Now it’s one of the most highly sought after neighborhoods in DC. The low income housing has been here for ages and it’s not going anywhere. I believe this city should continue to have affordable housing options, but they just need to keep them safe.

    • I agree the harassment is often a class issue, but I have to say, it’s hard to listen to a bunch of angry-looking men calling me a “white bitch dyke” on my way home from the grocery store with my girlfriend and think, “Oh, these gentlemen perceive me to be middle-class! That makes this behavior much less threatening!”

      Like you, I believe we should have affordable housing in DC (as a non-profit worker, I nearly qualify for it myself). But there is something that rankles a bit about subsidizing criminals to live in expensive areas so that they can threaten and assault their neighbors, regardless of what those neighbors look like, how much money they make or who they date.

      • + 100 and I’m sorry to hear that you get harassed on what sounds like a regular basis. When I lived with my parnter in SW we deliberately hid our relationship from the neighborhood, figuring an interracial lesbian couple wouldn’t go over well with some of the residents there. But I think someone figured it out because we were later victims of a break-in that appeared to be hate-related.

    • >>Ten years ago (pre-Whole Foods), no one even wanted to live in Logan Circle.

      Oh, I wanted to. And I did. Until I got priced out. Too bad for me, but hey, things change.

      • the reason whole foods came is because logan was already gentrified. you think poor people mobilized to have whole foods move in? ha!

        • Whole Foods moves into locations that are ripe for gentrification. Late 1990s Logan Circle was a prostitution ring and full of drug addicts. By 2001, it had started to turn, but wasn’t even remotely like it is now. Look it up. Regardless, the affordable housing was there long before the gentrification started.

      • You got priced out of Logan Circle in 2001? I moved to 1500 Mass in 2006. The rent for my studio was $950/month. I was a broke grad student at the time.

  • I’m a young, black, college-educated professional. I live in an income-restricted building (not this one), although thanks to a recent promotion, I’ll have to move out when my lease is up.

    I’m disgusted by the level of contempt leveled toward poor people, particularly poor black people, on this blog. It’s racist, it’s classist, and it’s unacceptable.

    Not all poor people are criminals, certainly not all of them are bigots. The actions of a few asshats doesn’t justify getting rid of LITC housing altogether or moving it someplace cheap and undesirable where you’d never consider living yourself.

    You know, the people that live in these buildings work hard, pay taxes– a percentage of which goes to subsidize the very housing we’re occupying– and generally want the same things you do. Stop talking about us as if we’re aliens, stop referring to us as animals, and stop discussing us as though we’ve got nothing in common with you– we do.

    The idea that certain people shouldn’t be allowed to live in Logan Circle because they don’t/can’t pay market rate is ludicrous. Psssssst … your racism is showing. Because while I’m a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen and a fierce and outspoken ally for my LTBTQI brethren, I get the feeling from the comments on this blog that I’m not really welcome in this neighborhood, either.

    What a shame.

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