Archbishop, Public Officials Dedicate Housing for Low Income Seniors at Columbia Heights Metro

October 23, 2007

Seventy-five very-low income seniors have a new home in the gentrifying Columbia Heights neighborhood thanks to a successful public-private partnership between the Archdiocese of Washington’s affordable housing agency, Victory Housing, and city and federal agencies. Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty joined residents and other officials for the dedication of the newly-constructed Victory Heights on Monday, October 29. The residence is located at 1369 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC.

With quality affordable housing in short supply, demand for this project was extremely high. Nearly 1,000 people inquired about apartments and 250 people – more than three people for every apartment available – participated in a lottery to choose residents. Residents must be at least 62 years old and have incomes at or below 50% of the area median. The seven-story building includes 75 one-bedroom apartments, an enclosed rear garden and common areas such as television and activity rooms.

Victory Heights was developed by Victory Housing, Inc. with public-private funding: $7.2 million Section 202 capital grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; $4.2 million in District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development HOME funds; $25,000 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; $150,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; and $25,000 grant from The Clark Charitable Foundation. The National Capital Revitalization Corporation provided land at a nominal cost.

Victory Housing operates 21 affordable communities with 1,200 rental units for seniors and families in Washington, DC and suburban Maryland. Victory Heights is its first new construction project in the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.victoryhousing.org.

Contact:
John Spencer
Victory Housing
301-655-9407 (media calls only, please)
[email protected]