New affordable housing, a medical center, and a job training facility are coming to Benning Road, thanks to a large partnership between several public and private entities.

The District of Columbia Housing Authority, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and a host of local and national partners broke ground July 31 on the Conway Center, located at 4430 Benning Road, N.E. The building is projected to provide homes to 200 homeless and very low-income families, treat more than 10,000 patients per year with medical and dental services, and train some 300 residents with job skills.

“Addressing poverty and homelessness on this level is something we cannot do on our own,” said Father John Adams, SOME president.

SOME’s capital campaign has raised $16.6 million toward its goal of $20 million for the building. The organization will use that funding to leverage some $70 million in approved public funding, tax credits, tax exempt bonds, and low-interest loans.  

DCHA is providing an operating subsidy by way of 20 Housing Choice Vouchers and 142 Local Rent Subsidy Program vouchers. DCHE is contributing an allocation of $11.3 million of New Markets Tax Credits.

Once completed in 2018, the 320,000 square-foot building will host a 29-room medical center operated by Unity Health Care, SOME’s Center for Employment Training, after school programming, SOME staff offices, and retail space. 

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