To kick off the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 50th Anniversary celebration, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson, District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chairman Terri Thompson, and other officials toured the historic Shaw neighborhood today. The walking tour highlighted affordable housing and economic development in the neighborhood that has benefited from local and federal investment.

“Whether they have been here for five minutes or five generations, Washingtonians understand the District’s brightest days are still ahead,” Bowser said. “That’s because for decades, the District has worked with HUD to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities. Today, the District and HUD are ensuring that those in need have a chance to share in our recent prosperity and revitalization. Together we are creating and preserving pathways to the middle class.”

HUD’s 50th Anniversary recognizes the Department’s mission to ensure that every family in America has a sound home and a strong, vibrant neighborhood. DCHA and the District also share that mission.

“For 50 years HUD has valued and supported the role that cities like Washington, D.C., have played in sparking growth for entire regions,” Castro said. “Partnerships fuel progress and we’re proud to work with local leaders to continue building on this city’s proud legacy as a modern urban center with strong and diverse communities.”

The walking tour highlighted the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, located at 901 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.; Channing Phillips, located at 1730 7th Street, N.W.; and Progression Place, located at 1825 7th Street, N.W.

The 84 units at Phyllis Wheatley YWCA will soon be renovated by the Phyllis Wheatley Young Women’s Christian Association, Inc. and Dantes Partners, LLC. Each unit will be affordable to residents with incomes at or below 30 percent of the area median income (AMI) thanks to DCHA’s contribution of both local and federal subsidies. DCHA also is providing $1.5 million in capital funding to support the $17 million project. HUD and the District Department of Housing and Community Development are contributing a $2.2 million loan and Low Income Housing Tax Credits, respectively.

Channing Phillips is under construction and will bring 56 units of affordable housing to 7th Street. The site is adjacent to Lincoln Westmoreland, which serves D.C. residents who earn up to 60 percent AMI. There is an existing HUD Housing Assistance Payment contract with a 20-year renewal in effect until 2033 and the building’s owners have a HUD FHA loan application for construction improvements.

Progression Place, and its neighbor the Howard Theatre, was made possible through $13 million in New Market Tax Credits supplied by D.C. Housing Enterprises, a DCHA subsidiary. The mixed-income development features 205 apartments—51 of which are affordable—as well as retail and office space that includes the headquarters of the United Negro College Fund. There is a HUD FHA mortgage on the property. Nearly 300 new permanent and construction jobs, 27 of which were for DCHA residents,  were created with this building.

DCHA Board Chairman Thompson echoed the sentiment shared by Mayor Bowser and HUD Secretary Castro, that while there is much to be celebrated in the efforts and partnerships over the past 50 years, there is still much work to be done.


From left, DHCD Director Polly Donaldson, DCHA Board of Commissioners Chairman Terri Thompson, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro, and Shaw Main Streets Director Alexander Padro hit the streets.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro, DCHA Chairman Terri Thompson, and DCHA Chief of Staff Hammere Gebreyes talk with a Shaw neighbor.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro and DCHA Chair Terri Thompson.
DCHA Chief of Staff Hammere Gebreyes explains New Market Tax Credits and other financial tools DCHA uses to preserve and create affordable housing.
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