SOMEone Is Building SOMEthing Unique for D.C.’s Underprivileged Residents

An interfaith, community-based organization is bringing new hope to D.C.’s homeless and low-income residents.
The Conway Center

SOME’s future Conway Center

An interfaith, community-based organization is bringing new hope to D.C.’s homeless and low-income residents. On July 29, So Others Might Eat (SOME) broke ground on The Conway Center, a $90 million project that will deliver the first building in the District to combine housing, health care and job training under one roof.

SOME will own and operate the mixed-use building at 4430 Benning Road, N.E. The facility will be LEED certified and will feature 202 affordable housing units, an expanded SOME Center for Employment Training, a Medical and Dental Health Center operated by Unity Health Care, shops, offices and green space. Once it opens in 2017, The Conway Center is expected to provide a home to 200 homeless and very low-income families, to treat more than 10,000 underserved patients and to help train more than 300 D.C. residents each year.

The facility was named in honor of Joanne Conway and SOME Building Hope campaign chair William Conway Jr. In order to build this unique project, the organization has been working together with local and national public and private partners, and has also raised funds through its Building Hope Capital Campaign. According to SOME, in the two years since its launch, the campaign has raised $16.7 million of the $20 million needed to leverage approximately $70 million in approved public funding, tax credits, tax-exempt bonds and low-interest loans.

“We hope this development will bring other businesses to the area,” Linda Jo Smith, chair of SOME’s board of directors, said in a prepared statement. “Benning Road is central to Ward 7, and the site will go from being vacant to having a beautiful building where people will be able to get medical care, have safe housing and get job training. SOME is really looking out for people in Ward 7 and the city as a whole.”

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