The Apartments at CityCenter Will have 92 Affordable Rentals, Deadline to Apply Extended to Aug. 28th

Rendering courtesy Hines

“Hines, the developer of CityCenterDC, has begun the outreach process for the 92 affordable rental homes at The Apartments at CityCenter. The apartments are available to applicants making less than 60% or 80% of Area Median Income and residents will be selected through a lottery to be drawn in September 2013. In addition to income requirements, eligibility is based on household size, rental history, credit reports and background screening. The application deadline of August 21, 2013 has been extended to August 28, 2013 to accommodate the strong interest in the apartments. Manna, Inc. is serving as adviser to the developer in this effort. To obtain an application, please visit or call Manna at (202) 534-1068.

We are proud to offer a select number of affordable homes for rent at The Apartments at CityCenter that provide a new, quality housing opportunity to the community,” said Jason Jacobson, managing director of Hines. “This is a special chance to live in the heart of Downtown D.C. while enjoying all the development has to offer.”

The apartments range in size from studios to one- and two-bedrooms and will offer large windows, spacious layouts and open kitchens. With restaurants, shops, major employers and Metro rail stops within a short walk, The Apartments at CityCenter will set a new standard for urban living in D.C.

The 366 Market Rate apartments will be available for lease in the fall and managed by Bozzuto Management Company. For more information, please visit

The Apartments at CityCenter are one of five major components of CityCenterDC ( The mixed-use development also includes 216 luxury condominium residences, 520,000-square feet of Class A office space, and more than 60 shops and restaurants, in properties designed by internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners and the D.C.-based Shalom Baranes Associates. In addition, CityCenterDC will also feature a 370-room hotel.

“If your annual income is between $36,000 – $94,424, you may qualify for special pricing on select units. (see brochure below)”


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  • Let’s just be real – these will go to Hill staffers and nonprofit workers who make $40 to $50 K. You will not be seeing anyone who is low income or shady looking or who really needs affordable housing living in these. This is a joke and actually laughable. And since when is $94,000 low income – even for D.C. standards?

    • $94,424 is the income for the household of 5 people.

    • the $94K is for a household of 5 people. the upper income limit of a 1 person household is $60K.

      the income window for 1 person in an 80% AMI unit is actually pretty narrow – between $49.5K and $60K and they earn too little to price into a 2BR unit the way I read it, likely by design.

  • $1500 for a studio is a low income housing rate if you’re a single person making less than 60k? oyyy.

    • at $60K that’s 30.5% of gross which is perfectly reasonable. at $49.5K (the minimum) it’s 37% of gross which is also reasonable. below that you’re in the 60% AMI zone.

      • I fall right in the middle of that range and I guess I’m just old fashioned, but the idea of spending more than a paycheck for a studio just doesn’t sound like an affordable option.

        • The standard in the housing field for whether housing is considered “affordable” (affordable to the occupant, in the sense that they’re not overburdened by housing costs) is usually 30% of gross income, which definitely can end up being a whole paycheck (assuming you get paid twice a month) after you factor in taxes and other deductions. And 30% of gross is probably still a little steep for folks who are making student loan payments (but maybe more manageable for an older adult or an empty-nester who never got an expensive college degree but is perhaps making a modest-yet-steady income in a federal job). A studio for $1,525 doesn’t seem like much of a steal though, given that I pay around that amount for a non-affordable (though under rent control) 550 sq ft studio in Adams Morgan. Then again, this building is shinier, newer, and probably heavier on amenities, so there’s that.

          • ledroittiger

            I’ve just learned to realize that the 30% income rule for monthly rent is never going to happen in this town… Feels a whole lot better just not having to think about it.

      • 37% of gross is reasonable? You’re drunk.

        • no. if you’re disciplined with your money, you can make 37% work especially if you don’t have a car. it’s higher rather than lower though. in that case, I don’t recommend spending much money on alcohol though because that can add up quickly.

          • I’m not disagreeing that it can be worked, implying frugality in other spending categories, but ANY category that absorbs more than a third of your GROSS income (emphasis added) is a bit excessive. I agree that living car-less can help mitigate some spending issues, but one really has to value the convenience of walking to downtown attractions comparative to the inconvenience of other transit options (I’m looking at you, WMATA). That said, I suppose some fellow millennials or other low wage earners of the city would find any excuse to not bother saving what little money they earn to live here.

          • I went from spending 11% of my gross income on rent (in VA) to spending 32% on mortgage in DC (no change in income). Interestingly, my quality of life has either remained the same or improved in all areas (I still travel, stay in shape, and eat well), and I’m saving the same amount per month as I did before.
            I kept my car, but most of the expenses associated with it decreased because I hardly ever drive it anymore. I don’t need to spend money on a gym membership because there are tons of free options for staying fit here. My girlfriend and I end up spending less on dining out, drinks, and entertainment because there are so many free or inexpensive things to do here. I cook more meals at home because I’m no longer drained from my commute every night. Our house is smaller and better built so we spend less on energy bills. We buy less unnecessary stuff because impulse shopping is less convenient and we have fewer places to store stuff.

            In short– we consume less because our lives are already so much richer and more satisfying as a result of living where we now do.
            So I think it is possible to spend more than 1/3rd of your gross income on housing, still save money, and not feel the pinch if there’s an associated lifestyle shift.

          • If you were living in the DC area and paying 10% of your income on rent then you’re obviously fairly well paid. Someone making $40,000 a year cannot find housing for 10% of their income nor can they comfortably make ends meet if they’re spending 30+% in rent.

            Spending 30% of your income on rent/mortgage if you make $100,000+ is quite a different proposition.

  • Since they have minimum income standards, you’re right they won’t go to a family on TANF or a person getting disability benefits or even someone earning minimum wage. And these groups all definitely need more affordable housing. But since the area median income for the DC area (not just DC but the surrounding area) is so over $100k (crazy, right?) a five-person household with income of $94k is below 80% of it.

    I think you’re right that a lot of this housing will go to folks earning $50k. But two people each earning $24,000 could split a 2br which would be pretty great for them. At 40 hours a week and 50 weeks a year, it’s only $12 an hour, and there are many retail, custodial, etc. jobs that pay that.

  • Ayyy Dios Mio!

  • I think if Manna, Inc. is involved there will be regular D.C. residents who will get them. I refinanced my home with their assistance a few years ago and they were spot on. I don’t think they would allow themselves to get played that way. They’ve been around a long time assisting low and moderate income folks in getting mortages, etc. They aren’t easily fooled.

  • If you’re currently renting an apartment, can you not participate, or am I misconstruing this?

    Real Estate Information: Do you or a member of your household own a home or lease any other residential property?

    (Circle One) Yes No

    If Yes, you are not eligible to rent an affordable unit until the home or leased property is no longer in your or your household member’s name. If you are going through a divorce, your divorce decree or separation papers must state that you are no longer on the deed or mortgage of the home or residential lease.

    • Basically this has to be your primary residence.

      “Applicants must be leasing the Affordable Unit as his or her full time residence
      and have no ownership or leasehold interest in any other housing.”

  • These will go to Hill staffers and workers at the law firms and lobbyists, many of whom will sublet the apartments for a profit. The truly “low income” people who really need a break won’t get get in.

    • Subletting is not allowed. It has to be the applicant’s full-time residence.

      Just because it’s not allowed doesn’t mean that people won’t do it, but in this case I would guess that the building would actually make some effort to monitor it. (Illegal sublets would effectively be costing them money.) I also wouldn’t be surprised if there is a hefty penalty associated with violating that rule. But I really have no idea.

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