In 2000, D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) was awarded a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI Grant to redevelop two public housing developments, East Capitol Dwellings and Capitol View Plaza, and Capitol View Plaza II, a vacant HUD-foreclosed property located on the boundary between the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County, Maryland. The new project, aptly named Capitol Gateway, was slated to replace dilapidated structures that were decades old and obsolete. 

Joint Venture
The $30.8 million HOPE VI grant leveraged into nearly $130 million in funding and services through commitments from then-D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, the District’s Housing Finance Agency, Department of Housing and Community Development and DCHA. Financial support came from a number of sources, including tax-exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) grant, private equity and other substantial private investments. The East Capitol View Community Development Corporation (CDC) was formed to help implement an extensive community services plan, and is today a self sustaining nonprofit organization.
Construction was completed on a 151-unit senior building in late 2004 and fully occupied by July 2005. Capitol Gateway will ultimately include 761 mixed-income units, including 86 family rental units, 142 single family and town homes for homeownership, 290 multi-family rental units, and a condominium building with 93 units for sale. Eventually, more than 230 units will be available for home ownership at Capitol Gateway Estates including beautiful, traditionally styled houses with all the amenities including covered porches, garages, vaulted ceilings and deluxe kitchens. 

Home Ownership Opportunities
The DCHA Home Ownership Program will assist up to 30 former public housing residents who have successfully completed the DCHA Community and Support Services Program (CSSP) program transition into home ownership. The CSSP is also providing comprehensive pre-employment services that have already resulted in employment for more than 243 new job placements. 
A 100,000-square foot commercial center will be constructed within walking distance of the development on East Capitol Street, which is a major thoroughfare through the nation’s capital. And a newly constructed community space will house the offices of the East Capitol View CDC, family and career counseling offices, a multi-purpose room, a computer training center and other facilities for delivering community and supportive services. A day care center will offer facilities to support the community’s pre-school children.
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