The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence is a 124-unit mixed-income apartment building that includes permanent supportive housing for veterans exiting homelessness in addition to other affordable and low-income units. Located on North Capitol St NE between L and K Streets, the Residence helps to diversify and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the booming NoMa area of Washington DC. The development is collaboration between Community Solutions, a national non-profit organization, and McCormack Baron Salazar.
The architecturally striking building, designed by Sorg Architects, has 14 stories and houses 124 efficiency apartments. 60 apartments serve as permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans, 47 are prioritized for individual households making no more than 60% of the Area Median Income, and 17 are prioritized for tenants making no more than 30% of the Area Median Income. The building’s silvery white metal paneling and distinctive “stacked blocks” shape creates a complementary contrast with surrounding buildings. Other key design elements include sustainable building materials and an extensive glazing system to enliven the apartment interiors.
The building’s 60 units of permanent supportive housing will employ the proven “housing first” model, in which people experiencing homelessness are connected immediately to permanent housing and supportive services. Professional case managers will work onsite to help tenants address health, employment and mental health needs in collaboration with the DC VA Medical Center.
Total development costs were $33 million. Financing included a mix of public and private sources including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity, tax-exempt bonds, Federal HOME funds provided through the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, support from the DC Housing Finance Agency and Department of General Services, Chase Community Development Banking, Royal Bank of Canada, Citi Community Development and FHLBank Pittsburgh. Significant philanthropic support came from The Home Depot Foundation, The William S. Abell Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and others.