WIN Annual Reports June 2018 Midyear Report - Page 15

Temple Courts I Developer selected to build 518 affordable units! Temple Courts, a 211 unit public housing building, was knocked down in December of 2008 by the city, scattering over 200 families across DC, Maryland and Virginia. Today the lot is still vacant, serving as an nine dollar a day parking lot instead of badly needed affordable housing. However, that will soon change. WIN organized former tenants to testify at community meetings, held a 200-person action with Councilmember Allen in 2016, and met with countless city officials and developers asserting why affordability should be maximized on the site. In 2017, developer MRP, was selected with a plan to build 5 ​ 18 units of affordable housing, including 211 replacement units, and break ground on the first phase as soon as 2019. ​WIN leaders will continue to work alongside former residents to see the project through zoning, ensure that it is fully funded, to get a shovel in the ground, and to get former Temple Courts residents back into the neighborhood as soon as possible. Parkway Overlook I Broke Ground! Since the 266-unit building was closed down by HUD in 2008 due to its crumbling conditions, it has been one of DC’s largest abandominiums. Multiple streets in ward 8 have gone ghostly uninhabited. The Parkway Overlook Tenant Association and three WIN members congregations - Brighter Day UMC, National UMC, and New Life Ministries - have been vigorously organizing to get Parkway Overlook renovated and reopened. After raising the issue with three different Mayoral administrations, holding prayer vigils and countless tenant meetings, in 2017 Mayor Bowser and the DC Housing Production Trust Fund committed $20 million to redevelop 220-units of affordable housing at Parkway Overlook! After nearly a decade, the project broke ground in March 2018!The development was highlighted in ​D.C. Invests Big in Redevelopment of Neglected Southeast Complex Into Affordable Housing​ - Wash Post Feb 2018. 2018 MIDYEAR REPORT Photo by David Choy 15