804 New and Preserved Affordable Housing Units Coming to DC

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DCDHCD) recently announced its 2015 affordable housing NOFA winners. DCDHCD received 29 proposals, requesting $187 million in city funds. DCDHCD awarded 12 projects $88 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund.

The projects will preserve or create 804 affordable units and are expected to benefit around 1,800 residents. According to the District, of the 804 units, 466 will be preserved and 338 will be new. 83 of the units will be designated as “permanent supportive housing” for the chronically homeless.

Nearly half of the selected development projects are LISC DC-supported projects, and they span across Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Below is a synopsis of our partners’ projects:

So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that helps DC’s poor and homeless, has acquired two neighboring properties on Spring Road NW that it intends to renovate, modernize and preserve as affordable housing.

The properties, which consist of 24 units, have been leased for many years to a nonprofit that used them as transitional housing. When the owner offered them for sale, SOME’s bid was accepted.

LISC DC provided SOME with a $100,000 recoverable grant that will help with the completion of predevelopment. This will be the 5th similar apartment building LISC DC has funded on Spring Road over the past 30 years.

Open Arms Housing (OAH) utilizes a “Housing First” approach to tackle the occurrence of DC’s chronically homeless women with mental illness. At OAH, every effort has been made to produce a housing environment in which formerly homeless women will want to stay and thrive.


The women may choose to accept the wide range of supportive services available. The availability of an on-site social worker with whom clients can consult and arrange benefits and access to mobile treatment teams to ensure effective response to client crises further help to meet the needs of formerly homeless women affected by mental illness.  LISC DC provided a $10,000 grant to Open Arms to build capacity for them to serve as the permanent supportive housing service provider for 8 households with special needs that will be living in a new multi-family development of 72 units at 2410/2412 Ainger Place SE. – Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC (Habitat) works to reduce poverty housing and homelessness in the nation’s capital by building decent, affordable, energy-efficient homes for those in need. Habitat’s pipeline of projects include the DHCD funded new construction of 14 condominiums at 1715 28th Place SE. LISC DC provided a $25,000 operating support grant to Habitat to support their preservation and production of 30 units of affordable homeownership.

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC)’s mission is to provide housing and comprehensive supportive services to homeless and at-risk families to help them make transformational changes in their lives. Within THC’s housing pipeline, the following preservation projects, totaling 103 units, were selected by DCDHCD:

  • Hedin House – the rehabilitation and preservation of 48 units of affordable housing in Woodridge for those earning less than 30% AMI; and
  • Glenn Arms Apartments – the renovation and preservation of 55 units of affordable housing in Adam’s Morgan.

LISC DC provided a $25,000 capacity building grant to THC.

Sarah’s Circle, an affordable housing residence and wellness center located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, provides comprehensive programs and services for very low-income seniors. Their DHCD funded development project preserves 49 affordable rental units for low income seniors in Adams Morgan.  LISC DC provided a small grant for a needs assessment, as well as a $25,000 grant to support the preservation and renovation of the affordable rentals.

In total, these five projects are serving DC’s most vulnerable populations, including those with mental illness, the homeless, seniors, low-income individuals, and at-risk families. We are very proud of SOME, Open Arms, Habitat, THC, and Sarah’s Circle for preserving and producing affordable housing for DC residents. Join us in congratulating our partners!