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UrbanMatters Moves 100 Units of Affordable Housing through Zoning - Providence Place

A sketch of what Providence Place will look like in Washington, DC

UrbanMatters, an affordable housing developer established in part by Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), is celebrating forward movement on a 100-unit housing development in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. Providence Place, which will be built on land of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Headquarters, received zoning approval from the DC Zoning Commission and finalized a Community Benefits Agreement. The project is expected to break ground by November of 2018.

Candidates for NY City Council Speaker Commit to Supporting Metro IAF NY Affordable Senior Housing Plan

Metro IAF NY hosts forum on affordable senior housing
Making progress in the fight for affordable senior housing in New York City, Metro IAF New York received commitments on affordable housing from four candidates for the speaker of the New York City Council. A forum on affordable housing was hosted by Metro IAF NY and held at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church, where over 1,000 leaders came out to hold the candidates accountable. All candidates who attended committed to working with Metro IAF NY on its collective plan to build 15,000 units of affordable senior housing.
These candidate commitments follow an action held on October 9th, where 6,000 Metro IAF New Yorkers, from NYCHA residents to senior citizens, church congregants and more, rallied in the pouring rain, and packed the sidewalks at City Hall in demand of decent, affordable housing for their communities. Metro IAF NY has demanded the City build the 15,000 units on NYCHA-owned vacant lots across New York City to free up space for younger families in need of housing.

Durham CAN Wins Big: All Mayoral and City Council Candidates Pledge to Support Affordable Housing and Jobs

Durham CAN and tenants fight for basic repairs to bring houses up to code

On October 26th, all Mayoral and City Council candidates pledged before 612 Durham CAN leaders to support building and preservation of affordable housing, as well as jobs for youth and returning citizens. 

All candidates pledged to invest, if elected, $2 million dollars on basic repairs to 54 properties which will now be affordable in perpetuity. During the public meeting CAN leaders also celebrated the future use of two publicly owned parcels of land (two and nineteen acres respectively) for the construction of hundreds of affordable housing units near a future transit development.

Durham CAN will work on affordable housing and jobs for youth and returning citizens

UrbanMatters Completes Preservation Project in DC

The renovation of Brightwood Communities (Valencia, Vizcaya, and Concord Apartments) is complete. UrbanMatters, the development company WIN co-founded, The Hampstead Group and LEDC partnered with the Brightwood Tenants’ Association to exercise their TOPA rights to preserve these units as affordable and upgrade them. The $24.9M project did substantial rehabilitation on the existing 130 apartments and included building an additional 10 units in the basements, as well as a new community room, computer room, management office and outdoor patio space. There will be on-site supportive services, including after school tutoring, financial literacy courses, and health and wellness training. The project received funding from DC Government and private lending institutions.

WIN Hits Milestone in Getting 150 Units of Housing on Public Land

Washington Interfaith Network in DC is celebrating the selection of a developer to build 150 units of affordable housing at 1125 Spring Road NW/Old Hebrew Home. WIN has been involved in the fight to redevelop this public land as needed affordable housing since 2009. The work is not done; WIN will organize neighbors to speak in support during upcoming zoning hearings and push for the city subsidy the project requires. Read more about the organizing leading up to the selection in the Washington City Paper here.

Lake County United Wins 19 Acres to Build Affordable Housing

LCU leaders gather to evaluate after the Warren Township meeting

On July 10th Lake County United leaders turned out and voted at the Warren Township Special meeting in favor of the Township selling 19 acres of vacant land, which allows Lake County United to pursue a plan to build 150 units of affordable housing.