Affordable Housing Projects Break Ground in Washington, DC

Urban Matters, Atlantic|Pacific Communities and numerous government and nonprofit groups launch construction of two communities.
Rendering of Providence Place. Image courtesy of the District of Columbia

Local government agencies including the DC Housing Authority and the DC Housing Finance Agency, as well as development partners including Urban Matters and Atlantic|Pacific Communities have broken ground on two 100 percent affordable housing developments in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


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Providence Place, a 93-unit affordable community with a mix of family-size apartments, is located at 601 50th St. NE. The residential building is rising on the campus of the historic Progressive National Baptist Convention Headquarters and is being developed by government agencies including the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the DC Housing Finance Agency and the DC Housing Authority. Development partners on the project include Urban Matters and Atlantic|Pacific Communities.

The Strand Residences is an 86-unit affordable housing community located at 5119 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE, next to The Strand Theater, a local historic landmark. The property will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as first floor retail space for a local non-profit and a community-based retailer. The property is being developed by DMPED, the DC Housing Finance Agency and the DC Housing Authority, along with development partners NHP Foundation, The Warrenton Group and the Washington Metropolitan CDC.

Both communities are expected to be completed in 2021. The affordable buildings will have units prioritized for residents from two other communities—Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings—that will be reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of median family income. The remaining units at the properties will be available to households earning up to 60 percent median family income.