Photo by LaTur
“Amazon and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) today announced a goal to create more than 1,000 new affordable housing units at Metro Stations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Amazon is committing $125 million in below-market capital to expedite development of affordable homes so that moderate- to low-income families in the National Capital Region can afford to live in communities with easy access to employment, schools, healthcare, education, and other amenities. The investment is part of Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, a more than $2 billion commitment to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable homes through below-market loans and grants to housing partners, traditional and non-traditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations. Read More
Rendering for 1125 Spring Road, NW, previously the historic Hebrew Home courtesy DC Department of Housing & Community Development
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), announced the closing of financing on Spring Flats in Ward 4, a long-awaited 185-unit affordable housing community. This project represents the strong partnership between District Government agencies to successfully leverage a toolkit of land-use and financing policies to deliver critical affordable housing in the District. Read More
1721 Kalorama Road, NW via Jubilee Housing
Thanks to Joan for passing on from Jubilee Housing:
“Jubilee Housing’s latest acquisition is unique in many ways.
King Emmanuel Baptist Church sits at 1721 Kalorama Road NW and has been part of the Adams Morgan community since 1907. The church has an active congregation, which includes Jubilee Housing residents and staff members. So, when Jubilee heard that the congregation was looking to sell the church, the Property Development team jumped at the chance to preserve a historic landmark in one of the organization’s core neighborhoods.
Jubilee offered the congregation a chance to stay and worship at King Emmanuel after renovations, but church members decided to relocate the congregation to Maryland. Read More
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by DC Office of Planning (OP) Director Andrew Trueblood to release the Mayor’s Housing Equity Report and the District’s draft Comprehensive Plan proposal. By establishing goals specific to each planning area of the city, the Housing Equity Report makes Washington, DC among the first cities in the nation to create area-specific goals for affordable housing and dedicate an entire initiative to examining the barriers and opportunities within each area.
“What both the Housing Equity Report and the updated Comprehensive Plan recognize is that housing is a citywide challenge that requires citywide solutions,” said Mayor Bowser. “Washington, DC will continue to change – we can be sure of that. These plans are focused on how we manage that change and balance competing interests in order to ensure a vibrant, equitable, and resilient city, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren.”
The Office of Planning and Department of Housing and Community Development collaborated to produce the Housing Equity Report. The report provides an analysis of current affordable housing distribution and proposes specific targets to achieve Mayor Bowser’s bold goal of building 36,000 new homes, including 12,000 homes affordable to low-income residents, by 2025. Read More
14th and Otis Place, NW
For those who deny we have an affordable housing problem. Paul reported at 9am:
“Folks spent whole night outside waiting for vouchers. In the morning, things got contentious – well over 100 families in line. Is this really the best way to allocate subsidized housing?”
From the Mayor’s office:
“RL Christian Groundbreaking and Affordable Housing Update
Mon, October 2, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser at the groundbreaking of R.L. Christian to celebrate record investments in preserving and producing affordable housing in the District. R.L. Christian is a new affordable housing development in Ward 6.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
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. Read More
3145 Mt. Pleasant St, NW
@bgneumeyer tweets us:
“New “affordable housing” in Mt. Pleasant seems at pricepoint for college-educated paralegals, maybe?”
The Craigslist ad says:
“AFFORDABLE BRAND NEW STUDIO APARTMENTS IN MOUNT PLEASANT @ $1,065/Month. 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, NW. Newly Renovated. Energy Efficient. Walk to Columbia Heights Metro, buses, Restaurants, Shopping. Income Restrictions Apply. For single person, MAX Income of $44,940, MIN Income of $36,514.”
Ed. Note: This is the recently reopened Monseñor Romero Apartments, formerly the Deauville that burned down 6 1/2 years ago.
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.”
1125 Spring Road, NW
From Kathleen Crowley of ANC4C10:
“For my fellow ANC 4C folks, below is a brief summary for those who may not have been able to attend the meeting held by DC Department of General Services (DGS) regarding the future of 1125 Spring Road NW, here are a few highlights:
-1125 Spring Road NW is a capital asset with DGS and will be developed as a residential property consistent with its zoning designation. DGS plans to surplus the property to the DC Housing Authority.
-The purpose of the meeting was to solicit feedback from the community regarding the possible residential uses of the property (i.e. affordable housing, mixed use, senior).
-Based on the comments and questions, there seemed to be a concern about the process. For example, how will the feedback from the community inform the final recommendations and decisions; concern the community will not be able to review or comment on the recommendations to be presented to the city council; lack of confidence in the DC Housing Authority to move this project forward in a way consistent with the community interests (e.g., parking issues, permanent versus transient, etc.); and a concern that decisions will be made regarding this project amid changing DC leadership.
-The intended use of the property is the undecided issue. Although most would like to see the property used for senior living, it was suggested a survey be conducted to better understand the community’s overall interest about the use.