Affordable Housing Community for 'Grandfamilies' Opens in D.C.

September 17, 2018
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By Erin Thibeau

Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the opening of a new affordable housing community for "grandfamilies" (grandparents caring for grandchildren) in Northwest D.C. on September 13. 

Plaza West is a development in Ward 6 — located at 1035 4th Street, NW, and 307 K Street, NW — in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. It's the first residential housing of its kind.

The development provides 223 affordable rental apartments, with 50 of the units set aside for grandparents who are raising grandchildren whose parents aren't present. These units are available to those making 30 to 40 percent of the Area Median Income (or about $22,650 to $30,200).

According to Plaza West's website, its "design and programming is intended to create a grandfamilies 'residential village' that is rich with activities, on-site resources, and connections to the services on-site and in the nearby community." It boasts more than 9,500 square feet of outdoor space and amenities like a library, a kids activity space, a fitness room, and a community room. 

This is fulfilling a real need in the District, where there are more than 4,300 grandparents raising grandchildren, and one third of these grandfamilies are living in poverty.

“As our city continues to grow and age, we’re committed to making investments in innovative programs—in housing, education, childcare, and more—that will set more families up for success,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “Plaza West is an example of how we are ensuring residents and families of all backgrounds and income levels have access to safe and affordable places to live across all eight wards.”

Watch the grand opening below:

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