July 2018
Updates from the LISC DC Team
As the updates below document, LISC lives our motto, to help neighbors build communities – new housing, new service centers, and community facilities that are being developed and opening throughout the nation’s capital. 

But, we also help communities build neighbors. Organizations like SOME, Bread for the City, Martha’s Table, and Community of Hope help those burdened with the challenges of inequity and poverty to better participate in the broader currents of American economic prosperity and civic life. 

For those young immigrants and Washingtonians who are profoundly disconnected, the Latin American Youth Center plays a unique role in helping forge ties to American values of participation and cultivating human dignity and potential.

In this message, shared across the country on the 4th of July, LISC CEO Maurice Jones reminds us that when immigrants thrive, America does too. Check out this video.
LISC on the Move
Over the past several weeks, the LISC team has been all over the city, supporting our partners and investments. We attended a recognition of construction at Housing Up 's Partner Arms II, which will bring 12 permanent supportive housing units to Petworth. Bread for the City broke ground on their new, 30,000 square feet Southeast Center. DCBIA posthumously awarded Oramenta Newsome with the 2018 Community Impact award. So Others Might Eat opened the Conway Center.

We attended the groundbreaking for HELP USA 's veterans housing on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center Campus. This development will be 100% affordable housing for formerly homeless veterans. Martha's Table and Community of Hope held the grand opening of the Commons at Stanton Square, where both organizations will provide crucial services to residents in the Hillsdale neighborhood and beyond. We also had the opportunity to tour the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative 's new headquarters in Anacostia, which is currently under construction.
Investment Updates
In May 2018, So Others Might Eat (SOME)'s Conway Center opened.

The Conway Center is the first development in the District to combine comprehensive health care, intensive job training, and supportive housing under one roof. Its unique and innovative model is bringing much needed services to residents in the adjacent neighborhoods of Benning, Benning Heights, Capitol View, and Marshall Heights.

SOME has been one of LISC's key partners for over a decade, and we joined forces with SOME during the early stages of development of the Conway Center project as both of our organizations were simultaneously approaching the same innovative concept - co-locating affordable housing with health and social services.

As one of the first projects within the Healthy Futures Fund – a partnership between LISC, the Kresge Foundation and Morgan Stanley that aims to support the growth of high-quality, community-based health centers linked with affordable housing – the Conway Center will help service providers better coordinate care and fully address the range of an individual’s needs, providing more holistic services to achieve longer-term outcomes. 

LISC's $34 million investment into the Conway Center - our largest investment into a single project to date - includes:
  • $20.5 million in LIHTC
  • $14 million in NMTC
  • $275,000 in grant support.
The Commons at Stanton Square opened in June 2018. 

This collaborative project between the Horning Family Fund, Horning Brothers, and two long-time LISC partners, Martha’s Table and Community of Hope ,will provide early childhood education, nutrition programs, parental supports, emotional wellness, and out of school programs to children and youth in Ward 8’s Hillsdale neighborhood, which is also within LISC’s Elevating Equity target area.

The Commons represents the community services portion of the Stanton Square project. The residential portion will include a multifamily rental component of 121 units of affordable housing serving families at or below 50% AMI. Thirteen of the housing units will be reserved as permanent supportive housing.

LISC joined the project early on when we provided technical assistance to Martha’s Table as the organization evaluated the move to the Hillsdale neighborhood. 

LISC's $26 million investment into the Stanton Square project includes:

  • $150,000 in grants to Martha’s Table and Community of Hope
  • $5 million in NMTC equity to Martha’s Table
  • $5 million in Healthy Futures Fund financing
  • $16 million in LIHTC syndicated by the National Equity Fund
Upcoming Events
CNHED’s working groups are open to members and non-members dedicated to solving some of the most important housing and economic development issues facing Washington, DC.
  • SBTA Working Group: July 11, 10 am
  • Support for Tenant Purchase Working Group: July 12, 10 am
  • Neighborhood Commercial Corridors Working Group, July 17, 10 am

MANNA Charity Happy Hour : July 19, 5-9 pm
Join MANNA at Madam's Organ, where $1 from every item sold between 5 and 9p at the bar will be donated towards affordable housing in the District.
Helping neighbors build communities.