|Victory for Permanently Affordable Housing in Shaw|
|Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00|
After five years of campaigning for new, permanently affordable housing at 7th St NW and R St NW, ONE DC members won a huge victory this week with Mayor Adrian Fenty’s announcement that their preferred development plan for the site was also the administration’s choice.
As a result, the only housing developer willing to take leadership from ONE DC members on the project will build 110 apartments affordable to families making less than $50,000 and less than $25,000 a year, in addition to other amenities requested by residents.
"A Place For Me in the New Shaw"
- ONE Right to Housing leader Pat PenneyThis marks the first time the development of privately owned, low-income housing has been spearheaded entirely by DC residents, from visioning to groundbreaking (which is expected in 2009), and will be the first truly affordable housing built in the Shaw neighborhood in 20 years.
At a press conference Wednesday at 7th St and R St NW, Mayor Fenty, joined by Councilmembers Jack Evans and Kwame Brown and a dozen ONE DC member leaders, announced the selection of Parcel 42 Partners as the developer of the vacant lot that will soon be permanently affordable housing.
At the press conference, Shaw native Pat Penney, who has been a leader with the ONE Right to Land Parcel 42 campaign since its inception as the Equitable Development Initiative, gave a moving tribute to the ONE DC members that made this victory possible, the decision-makers who listened to the people and her many friends and onetime neighbors in Shaw who, like her, have been forced out by rising rents and property taxes. "I hope this means there is now a place for me in the new Shaw," she said.
Months of Intense Advocacy
We'll be announcing a victory celebration soon, and other next steps as we exercise our Right to Housing, continue to protect our Right to Land in Shaw and elsewhere and move towards another victory on our Right to Income campaign.
Check out photos of the press conference
See us on the front page of the Washington Business Journal
And catch Pat Penney on the Kojo Nnamdi Show
|Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2010 23:02|