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“Mayor Bowser Directs $90 Million to Produce & Preserve 800 Affordable Housing Units”

by Prince Of Petworth January 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm 42 Comments

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced 12 projects that will provide more than 800 units of affordable housing in the District. These projects represent nearly $82.2 million in public funding and will house approximately 1,760 District residents.

“Washingtonians in all eight wards should have access to quality affordable housing,” said Mayor Bowser. “My Administration is committed to producing, preserving and protecting affordable housing across the city. First, we put our money where our mouth is by making historic investments in the Housing Production Trust Fund. And with these 12 projects, we are putting those dollars to work. We will continue to build DC’s affordable housing supply and create more pathways to the middle class for our residents.”

Last year, in her first budget, Mayor Bowser committed an historic $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund. This effort makes good on Mayor Bowser’s pledge to use those dollars for the production, preservation and protection of affordable housing.

The 804 affordable units include the preservation of 466 units and the production of 338 new units. Out of that total, 216 units will be designated for residents making 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI), 399 units will be designated for residents making 31%-50% AMI, and 187 units will be designated for residents making 51%-80% AMI. In addition, 83 units will be used as permanent supportive housing units for the homeless, which supports the mayor’s goal to end homelessness in the District by 2020.

Led by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and DC Housing Authority (DCHA) reviewed 29 competitive applications and chose 12 projects.

“Working together with our partner agencies, we can seamlessly provide creative ways to address the housing needs of the District,” said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson. “By combining our resources, we are able to ensure quality, safe and affordable neighborhoods that improve the lives of the residents whom we serve.”

“We are proud to partner with Mayor Bowser and DHCD to create and preserve affordable housing. The operating subsidy we are providing will help pay rent for low income residents who will be able to call the District home,” said Executive Director Adrianne Todman.

The 12 projects are as follows:

Preservation Projects (Name, Location, Developer)

Glenn Arms, 2518 17th Street NW (Ward 1), SP Affordable Housing Group III, LLC
Sarah’s Circle, 2551 17th Street NW (Ward 1), Sarah’s Circle
Hedin House, 2900 Newton Street NE (Ward 5), THC Affordable Rental Housing, Inc.
1431 E Street NE,1431 E Street NE (Ward 6), Redevelopment Housing Advisors
Huntwood Courts, 5005­-5009 Hunt Street NE (Ward 7), New Market Rental Investors LLC
Meadow Green Court, 3605-­3615 Minnesota Avenue (Ward 7), E&G Group LLC
Brandywine 30 Preservation, 718 Brandywine Street SE (Ward 8), Dantes Partners

New Production Projects (Name, Location, Developer)

SOME-­Spring Road, 1433­-1435 Spring Road NW (Ward 4), SOME, Inc.
3534 East Capitol Street NE, 3534-­3552 E Capitol Street NE (Ward 7), Mid Atlantic Realty Partners, LLC
28th Place SE, 1713 28th Place SE (Ward 7), Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., Inc.
1708 Good Hope Road SE, 1708 Good Hope Road SE (Ward 8), Four Points, LLC
Ainger Place, 2412 Ainger PL SE (Ward 8), Ainger Place Development Corporation

DHCD’s plan is to send out request for proposals twice each year. The next opportunity for applicants will be in March 2016.”

  • textdoc

    “SOME-­Spring Road, 1433­-1435 Spring Road NW (Ward 4), SOME, Inc.”
    I thought the Old Hebrew Home had been shifted to be the responsibility of the DMPED (Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development). Did it get shifted back to DCHA?

    • Guillermo Brown

      This is not the Old Hebrew Home site. That’s on 1125 Spring

    • The Hebrew Home is on the 1000/1100 block of Spring. 1433-1435 are three-story brick structures west of 14th.

      • textdoc

        Ahhh — I misremembered the address. Thanks for the info!

    • Glen

      Even though SOME-Spring Road and SOME, Inc sound like a to-be-determined type of thing, it’s an acronym for So Others Might Eat. https://www.popville.com/2014/11/so-others-might-eat-acquires-1433-35-spring-road-nw/

      I definitely thought at first that somebody was trying to hide something, but it looks like a real thing.

  • anonymous

    90 million for housing for 1760 residents? That seems like an awful lot for sucha small amount of people.

    • anonymous

      Agree that it sounds like a lot if the $90 million is just for one-time construction costs. However, if that trust deposit covers other costs (maintenance, differences between rental rate and market rates, etc.) for some period of time, that sounds more reasonable. Would be interested to know which one it is.

      • Anon

        The funding probably doesn’t cover much, if any, of the maintenance or voucher costs beyond the initial construction. That funding will come from the city and HUD. However, to put the investment in a better perspective, it’s not just housing for 1,760 residents, it’s housing for that number of residents for the entire lifespan of the units, which should be at least 20 years. Additionally, the city is rehabbing and developing properties that are a blight in neighborhoods, which will improve the overall community. Also, housing construction is a great economic driver and it will create jobs in the community and give drive sales to local businesses (construction supplies, paint shops, etc.). It’s a great investment.

    • Anon

      Simple algebra gives us $112k per ~2 person unit. That seems very cheap for DC.

      • anonymous

        Market prices do not reflect building costs.

        • Duponter

          That still seems pretty cheap.

    • ClevelandDave

      That is a SUBSIDY of 102,000 per unit. Lotta dough.

    • Anonymous2

      In reality the per unit amount is going to be a lot higher since the HPTF money is only the soft debt. There will still be hard debt as well as equity and other sources of funds in most if not all of these deals. Lets say DHCD puts $10M in the deal, the total development cost could still very easily be $50M, making the per unit amounts much higher. Having per unit amounts of 200-350k in the current DC construction market isn’t that unusual.

      Remember they’re not only building or rehabing the units, they’re also going to build common areas, pay for operating expenses, relocation expense and most of all financing, recording and lawyer fees.

  • ch

    i bet all the units will be in columbia heights

    • anon

      I read elsewhere that a large amount will be near the Rhode Island Metro. I believe where the Safeway was, where Forman Mills/Big Lots are and behind Home Depot.

      • Dogg


        • anon

          LOL, for real… Soon to be FORMER FOOORMAANNN MILLS.

    • GBinCH

      None of them are. Looking at the addresses of the projects above.

      • Anon

        Isn’t 1400 Spring St NW in CH?

        • stacksp

          Yes. Spring Road is Columbia Heights.

          17th St is the other side of Columbia Heights or Adams Morgan. Same virtual area pretty much

          • textdoc

            IIRC, the south side of Spring Road is Ward 1/Columbia Heights and the north side (where the Hebrew Home buildings are) is Ward 4/Petworth.

    • K

      Most of them are in Ward 7 and 8.

      • Thunder

        As usual, nothing in Ward 2 and 3.

        • Finitor

          That’s usually because it’s a lot more expensive to house the same number of people in a more expensive area. More bang for the buck is partly why we get more public housing built in lower income areas. Also, NIMBYs with power.

  • KMO

    I assume that money isn’t coming out of her “Build Sports Stadiums for Rich Team Owners” fund.

  • GBinCH

    Putting aside the debate of whether this is money well spent, it seems weird to me to divert money into new projects when so many existing buildings need a lot of maintenance and up-keep.

    • stacksp

      These are existing buildings

    • Anon

      It appears that the funding will go to a combination of rehabs of current buildings to preserve units that are at risk of being lost because of their bad conditions and new construction.

  • facts

    It’s great to see so many of these projects in wards 2 and 3!

    • Ron

      Is there currently a lot of current affordable housing in Wards 2 and 3 for the city to preserve, or are there just trolls?

      • atlas

        “Washingtonians in all eight wards should have access to quality affordable housing,” said Mayor Bowser.

        but then none of the new projects are announced for wards 2 or 3

  • stacksp

    Many people fled to PG county in the 80s and 90s because of the rampant crime in the district as it was the closest neighboring suburb to the city. I wouldnt just assume that people in PG county are not “doing better for themselves” but rather chose a different lifestyle for themselves where they can have SF housing with a yard etc and not live on top of people and be subject to street crime.

  • K

    everyone please ignore this guy.

  • womp

    it makes me giddy when PoP censors the trolls.

  • Maybe they could finally do something with 1334 Irving St. NW which was renovated by DCHA & HUD for affordable housing in 2011 and has sat EMPTY ever since. Yes, that’s over 5 years now. Empty.


  • MoreIsMOre

    As a resident and homeowner in Ward 7, this is the exact reason why I did not vote for Mayor Bowser in the first place. Out of the 12 affordable housing projects, 7 of them are East of the River. She’s not a advocate of ensuring housing is affordable in every ward; she’s a advocate of concentrating poverty.

    • Pworthrez

      Well, she did attempt to bring Walmart to the 7th, didn’t she?

    • Anonymous2

      I think it needs to be understood that affordable housing (which is what is being created here) and public housing are two very different things. It’s true that some of these units will be subsidized by section 8 vouchers but these aren’t public housing projects. For the most part they are modern buildings or significant rehabs that have market rate units as part of the unit mix.

  • pacerguy00

    Glad to see Ward 3 represented in the “All Wards” call by Mayor Bowser. Oh wait… they are no where to be found. Can someone tell the mayor that Ward 3 missing from the list invalidates her “All Wards” messaging.


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