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Vacant D.C.-owned properties in Southeast could become affordable housing

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The District is seeking to have seven vacant properties it owns in Anacostia and Congress Heights redeveloped into affordable housing.

This week, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) unveiled two development solicitations for the following Southeast sites: 1414 22nd St. SE, 1615 V St. SE, 1637 V St. SE, and 2206 16th St. SE in Anacostia; and 1444, 1452, and 1454 Alabama Ave. SE in Congress Heights, which are adjacent parcels.

Altogether measuring more than 29,000 square feet, the sites are part of a portfolio of dozens of vacant properties that DHCD manages. The Anacostia and Congress Heights properties range in size from 1,865 square feet to 6,277 square feet, per property records.

The housing agency wants redevelopment proposals that would provide units for families making up to roughly $94,000 a year, or 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) for a family of four. Below is a breakdown of AMIs by family size via Arlington County, which is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Area as defined by the U.S. government.

Read more by Andrew Glambrone @ Curb HERE

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DC’s hottest areas are also some of its most impoverished

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A NOAA researcher is concerned for some of DC’s poorest now that the results are in from a D.C. heat study. He and a group of citizen scientists surveyed the District’s “Heat Islands” last August and they match up with some of DC’s poorest neighborhoods.

WASHINGTON — In August, a team of citizen scientists mapped-out which DC neighborhoods are most dangerously hot when temperatures rise, and after examining the results, they’re concerned for DC’s poorest residents.

After hours of mapping-out more than 75,000 temperature data points, the result is a district heat map showing Washington, D.C.’s Urban Heat Island EffectThe date surveyed was August 28, 2018.

The citizen scientists drove the same route (aka traverse) three different times the day they measured.

They found a striking temperature difference between certain parts of town.

Most of Northwest D.C. stayed in the 84-94 degree zone.

On the other side, a large swath of Northeast, the National Mall area and parts of Southeast, like Anacostia, hit 94–102-degrees.

David Herring says one of the most surprising and significant finding was the potential 17-degree temperature difference.

“It might be 86 degrees in one part of the city, it could be as hot as 103 degrees in other parts of the city during exactly the same time,” said Herring.

 

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ICYMI: The Horizon Opens in Ward 7

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On Tuesday, October 9, Mayor Bowser cut the ribbon on The Horizon, the short-term family housing program in Ward 7, marking another step forward in delivering on her promise to close and replace DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards. The Horizon is the second of three short-term family housing programs opening this fall, following the opening of The Kennedy in Ward 4.

At The Horizon, families will have access to service-enriched programming that will help them stabilize and exit homelessness. The site includes 35 family units, computer labs for residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age-appropriate indoor recreation space, a homework and study lounge, and other amenities.

Learn more about The Horizon and the Mayor’s plan to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring HERE.

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What $2,500 a month rents you in D.C.

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various D.C. neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2,500 a month.

↑ In Northeast, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at the Brookland Press community start at $2,447 a month. The units are split across two buildings called The Foundry and The Forge that take cues from the neighborhood’s industrial past and offer modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances. The project is up the block from the Metro’s Red Line.

↑ For $2,500 a month, you can rent this updated three-bedroom, 2.5-bedroom house in Historic Anacostia. It has high ceilings, exposed brick, copious natural light, a backyard with a shed, and an unfinished basement for storage. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, and the neighborhood’s library.

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