This past November, LISC staff headed out into the neighborhoods of Washington DC for our annual site visits with our nonprofit partners. These visits allow us to reconnect and hear the latest and greatest happenings among our nonprofit partners. We also use these to prepare our annual program plans.
This year’s site visits displayed the tenacity of many of our groups as they move their development projects forward – despite the continued price escalation of real estate. These projects are protecting and creating new affordable housing for lower and moderate income families.
Highlights from our visits:
Nonprofit housing developer Mi Casa has a large development pipeline including: a bundle of vacant single and multi-family properties in the Trinidad/ Ivy City neighborhoods, tenant purchase projects throughout the City and new single family construction.
During 2006, ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) became an independent entity from Manna Inc. They plan to continue their heavy focus on tenant organizing, education and advocacy. They were also awarded the development rights for a vacant NCRC parcel in Shaw.
Thirteenth and Irving Development Corporation, previously focused on the Columbia Heights neighborhood, is seeking development opportunities throughout the city.
Harrison Institute, the public interest law clinic of Georgetown University, continues to provide technical and development assistance to tenants groups looking to purchase their buildings and preserve affordability. We visited Brightwood Gardens and met the tenants association who recounted their long journey to becoming owners.
Manna Inc. has a hefty pipeline of development activity all over the city. From artist housing in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Ward 5 to a 25-unit preservation project across the Anacostia River in Ward 8- Manna continues to diversity its portfolio and remains dedicated to creating for-sale housing.
East of the River CDC has acquired three properties in Southeast that they plan to develop into rental housing. Construction continues on Fairlawn Estates, their 21 single family housing subdivision in Fairlawn.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) has acquired several properties in Ward 8 that they are developing into housing for special needs populations. They continue to expand their housing development work and are actively looking for development opportunities.
The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights is working with small and locally owned business that plan to locate in the DC USA retail project, anchored by Target. They are also revamping their housing development activities and seeking development opportunities.
Catholic Community Services is moving forward with their development of a large parcel in the Eckington neighborhood that has generated a large amount of attention from the community. They plan to build 134 apartments for low and very low income families and 50 junior one bedroom units for formerly homeless men.