The District of Columbia Housing Authority joined with several community and city partners to break ground on 64 affordable units in Columbia Heights. The historic building is undergoing a massive renovation to preserve the 64 units for future generations.

The Maycroft, located at 1474 Columbia Road, N.W., is owned by Jubilee Manna Community Development Enterprise and will also house supportive services within the building that will offer child care, healthy food, and other options for the community.

“With God’s grace and a lot of people,” Jubilee Manna was able to move forward on the project after owning the building for the past six years, said Jubilee President Jim Knight at the ceremony on July 25.

“The Maycroft, with its new program space and 64 highly affordable homes, becomes the city’s latest justice housing development,” he said. “It will enable families to live in a thriving neighborhood close to resources that support successful lives. Moreover, it will contribute to a more equitable and vibrant city for all District residents.”

While all of the units will be affordable, 41 are set aside for families and households earning 30 percent of the area median income thanks to DCHA’s annual contribution of more than $660,000 in Local Rent Supplement Program funds.

“When we have partners come together to preserve affordable housing in Washington, there is no better job,” said Interim Executive Director Nathan Bovelle, who said not only is the agency a member of the development team, but it is also a neighbor with a DCHA community across the street. “It takes a village to raise and child and it takes a lot of partners to raise a project like this.”

Council member for Ward 1 Brianne Nadeau gave a Hebrew blessing to “celebrate coming to a place that is incredible, important, and special” called the Shehecheyanu. 

“Blessed to you, God…who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion,” she said.

The building will be home to Jubilee’s Teen Renaissance Program, which helps enhance academic achievement, develop character, and build leadership skills. Jubilee also will open a Family Resource Center, where parents and youth can find support for life goals that range from childrearing to building a career. In addition, residents of the Maycroft’s 15 units designated as Permanent Supportive Housing for people leaving chronic homelessness will find services to help them achieve stable, productive lives.   

In addition, Martha’s Table will lease some of the Maycroft’s reconfigured ground-floor for three of its community services: Healthy Start, an early childhood education program that prepares young children for kindergarten; McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile food truck that feeds homeless and hungry individuals at three downtown D.C. locations; and a Lobby Market where families can shop for healthy food at no cost.

Martha’s Table, which has been in the neighborhood for 40 years will relocate its offices to Ward 8 in the near future, said Patty Stonesifer, president and CEO. She said the partnership with Jubilee will ensure the organization will remain in the neighborhood for “the long haul.”

The partnership will be “making this a place where parents and children thrive because that’s what we are looking for and that’s what we will get right here,” she said.

The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson said that The Maycroft “will be a shining example” of what she calls an inclusive property that will provide stable housing and services to a changing neighborhood.


Interim Executive Director Nathan Bovelle
Jubilee President Jim Knight
D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson
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