The District of Columbia Housing Authority opened its first, state-of-the-art, affordable assisted living facility. The $5 million, three-story affordable assisted living facility located at 2905 11th Street, N.W., is a working model for future similar endeavors.
The renovation and construction of the 14-unit building was made possible by a combination of funding, including grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Department of Housing and Community Development, and DCHA’s subsidiary, D.C. Housing Enterprises. DCHA is now one of a limited number of housing authorities certified as a Medicaid provider, allowing the facility to provide 24-hour service for its low-income residents.
“It’s clear there is a need for additional affordable housing options in the District of Columbia and I salute DCHA for putting great care in creating this new facility that not only puts a roof over residents’ heads, but provides them with key wrap-around services that will help them to lead healthy and full lives,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “This new facility will serve as a model as we continue to foster a city where all can live and thrive.”
“This innovative and creative mix of funding has allowed us to build this much-needed facility. I am pleased to have this new resource in our inventory,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman.
“We are entering into the affordable assisted living market in the District because of there is a need,” said DCHA Board Chairman Pedro Alfonso. “Between the statistics on aging and the number of District residents who have physical disabilities we will continue to see an increased need for these types of services.”
Because of the lack of affordable assisted living options in the District, DCHA came up with this model that combines rental subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Medicaid reimbursements, and other revenues to provide these crucial, wrap-around services for public housing residents. Providing the level of services necessary for residents no longer able to thrive on their own was cost prohibitive until DCHA was able to work with the Department of Health Care Finance to obtain a Medicaid provider’s certificate and subsidy.
DCHA also partnered with Mia Senior Living, an assisted living facility operator with experience in working with affordable housing programs, to run the daily operations. The building will boast a staff of 13 people who will provide the 15 residents with comprehensive, around-the-clock support. Several of those positions will be filled by people receiving housing assistance from DCHA, many of whom have been trained in CPR and first aid.
In addition to private apartments for each household, the 15,000 square-foot building includes a commercial kitchen, communal eating and recreation area, management office space, and laundry room. There also is leased office space for other medical or home health businesses onsite for an increased continuum of care.
“DCHA is not only providing housing, but we are making available the health care services that residents need so that they can live as independently as possible,” Todman said. “Our goal is to expand on this model and other services that improve individuals’ quality of life.”
"As the District's population grows and changes, projects like the Marigold demonstrate an enduring commitment to the needs of our senior citizens," said Council member Muriel Bowser.
“This is another strong step forward for affordable housing in Ward one,” said Council member Jim Graham.