So Others Might Eat acquires 1433-35 Spring Road, NW?

1433-1435 Spring Road, NW

Interesting tweet from Washington Business Journal’s @WBJNeibs:

“Looks like So Others Might Eat has acquired 1433, 1435 Spring Road NW, an affordable apartment complex.”

From So Others Might Eat’s website:

“SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.”


36 Comment

  • spring st is already getting public assisted at the hebrew home. how much public assisted living does CH need?

    • Much, much more.

      • I can’t wait until prices drive all you guys out.

        • I hope you’re never in the situation that you need to rely on public resources to survive. It can happen to anyone. Try having a little compassion. Housing prices in the area will continue to soar regardless of whether this property remains public housing.

          • And of course, note that if you are a homeowner, your housing is already being heavily subsidized by all renters and corporations through the mortgage tax deduction housing subsidy. Not to mention your roads, airline travel, food, medicare, social security, etc etc…

      • Much much less. Such a high concentration of low income housing brings blight and increased crime.

    • Enough to prevent the wholesale displacement of long-time, lower-income residents, by rising real estate costs. I mean, that would be the humane amount, right?

      • Exactly. And, since this property is operated by Coalition for the Homeless, there is not going to be a net increase in affordable housing on this site.

    • Those properties are currently home to Coalition for the Homeless, so there’s no net increase in affordable housing on this site.

  • dcdon

    I would prefer less low income housing. It is bring down property values. There is plenty already there. Choose another neighborhood

    • I would prefer less high-income housing. It pushes home prices out of reach for all but the super-rich. Even for people with decent incomes, it is quite difficult to cobble together $200,000 for down-payment on a $1M home.

  • I don’t get this move, it is already an affordable housing complex. What is the intention of SOME to do with this property? Aren’t there zoning regulations, community meetings and the like needed before this property becomes something else…possible less desirable to the community?

  • This is great. S.O.M.E. was started by the Gonzaga HS Jesuits I believe.

    • I don’t think anybody disagrees that S.O.M.E. does greatly needed work for the less fortunate in this city. But ask residents of their current location in Shaw/Truxton about some of the negative impacts on the neighborhood. It’s not all charity rainbows and feel-good sunshine. Residents have a right to understand exactly what kind of services will be offered at this location if it is acquired, especially if it’s the same model as busing people in from outside of D.C. because their local jurisdictions fail to provide homeless services.

      • I lived literally around the corner from SOME for 4 years. I use to walk by the ‘mobs’ of homeless people on that block on the way to work every morning. They were all very nice and would move out of the way so I could get by. I guess the only negative thing I can say was they would pee in the alley way.. but when you gotta go you gotta go and we’ve all done that before…

        • Lucky you. They use our alley to defecate in. I’m not against SOME, but I wish they’d provide some indoor seating and a bathroom, or at least a port-a-potty, for their clients.

  • This is already public assisted housing.

  • This is already a low income housing complex. What is the intention of SOME with this property? Aren’t there zoning/regulatory rules that must be processed before any changes be made to this sort of property? Community meetings? SOME could possibly make this situation far worse for the surrounding neighbors.

  • SOME appears to have its act together. I hope this works out out for the community and those in need.

  • Liberals.

  • Is this building currently low-income housing?

  • Allison

    For any other feds interested in supporting S.O.M.E., you can donate to them through the combined federal campaign website.

  • binpetworth

    SOME is a fantastic organization, though like others, I’m wondering what this really means given that this property is already run by the Coalition for the Homeless; maybe it’s just switching administration? Hopefully it won’t turn into the clusterf* that is 4000 Kansas Ave, which was acquired by Change-All Souls Housing and has been festering & empty for over 2 years now.

  • I continue to hope DC will do the right thing with 1125 Spring. If the objective is to break the cycle of poverty, the ideal situation mixes lower income units with market-based neighbors, and pays the subsidies via vouchers to sustain the private-market incentives to maintain the property. The city can then use the new tax revenue for meaningful intervention programs to help folks get away from the vouchers. Limiting the proportion of subsidized units to 20 percent ensures these families don’t carry any stigma from living in the space. The 1125 Spring propoerty will go through the PUD process. The city and neighbors can use that process to force a set-aside for voucher-supported units. If SOME didn’t use taxpayer grants, funds, or subsidies to acquire the 1433-35 property, they can use whatever approach they want. If they did, I hope they also use a mixed model.

  • Before you get your panties in a bunch, this is the kind of affordable housing you want in your neighborhood. A very good acquaintance of mine worked for SOME developing this kind of housing for years. Their success rate is almost perfect. Do some research and you will like what you see. Then walk by some of the rougher projects and you’ll be further comforted. Diversity is what makes this world interesting and great, people. Embrace it. You’ll be the more happy you did.

    • I hope you’re right. I’m constantly surprised by people who moved to DC from relatively faceless suburbs because they want to experience urban life — but then attract and are attracted to architecture and resources and a population that resembles a cross between a college dorm and a relatively faceless — high-end — suburb. I’ve heard wonderful things about SOME, and I treasure the economic and social diversity that has characterized DC as well as other cities I’ve lived in.

  • Yes, there is no question mark needed in the title. SOME bought the property last week for $5.1M ($170,000 a unit) and borrowed $5.355M from a local bank. The District took a participation in about $2M of that loan in exchange for long term affordability for the property.

    No word on what SOME intends to do with it, what the additional $255,000 was for or why the lender would allow financing of over 100% with no skin in the game for the developer, even if it is a trusted non-profit.

  • I live next door to a SOME apartment building/group home at 18th and East Capitol Street SE. They are great neighbors. The (formerly homeless) people who live there are polite, friendly, and quiet. The building is well maintained, the lawn is always mowed, there’s never any garbage, etc. My home’s value has increased exponentially over the past four years, so there’s really no worries for Columbia Heights.

    • I live across the street from a transitional/group home in Petworth. I agree that they are great neighbors. I was apprehensive about buying my house at this location 10+ years ago, but I have to say that they are always quiet, kind, considerate and friendly. AND they pick up the trash. What’s worse, in my opinion, are the Millennials next door. Quiet they are not.

  • SOME has been a terrible neighbor in Truxton circle just south of Bloomingdale. The stories of human waste in backyards of home is disgusting but common in the home near by. SOME has little concern for the neighbors near their properties.

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