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DCHFA: Bowen Flats to revitalize Ward 8

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On January 12, 2016

CaThe 41 unit Bowen Flats development off Bowen road is
one of several affordable housing initiatives the DCHFA
is committed to in 2016.
Credit: EDG Architects

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) is starting the year 2016 by funding another development in Southeast, Washington, D.C.

The Agency finalized the issuance of $3.4 million long term and $3.2 million short-term DCHFA tax-exempt bonds for the construction of Bowen Flats in Ward 8. The investment in this new apartment complex also includes $5.1 million in low income housing tax credit equity. 

The financing of Bowen Flats furthers the DCHFA investment in affordable housing in Ward 8. There are currently eight projects in development in Southeast, representing an additional $173 million in DCHFA bond debt and $344 million in total development activity. 

So far 222 units in three projects have been delivered, representing $80.1 million in total development activity completed in the last four months. 

“Historically, Ward 8 has been a hub for affordable housing,” said Maria K. Day-Marshall, interim executive director of DCHFA. “This agency is committed to ensuring that not only affordable housing continues to be available in Ward 8 but that quality housing is accessible for all residents at affordable rates.”

The Neighborhood Development Company is the principal developer of Bowen Flats, which will consist of 41 units of housing in a three story, newly constructed apartment building at 2620 Bowen Road. The building will consist of one, two and three bedroom units. Twenty parking spaces will be provided to residents at no cost. 

The project is located less than a mile from the Anacostia Metro station and near the Barry Farm neighborhood. Barry Farm is being redeveloped as part of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s New Communities Initiative, which was designed to revitalize severely distressed subsidized housing and redevelop neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income communities. 

Through its Public Finance division, DCHFA issues tax-exempt housing mortgage revenue bonds to lower the developers’ costs of acquiring, constructing and rehabilitating rental housing. The agency offers private for-profit and non-profit developers low cost construction and permanent financing that supports the new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing in the District. 

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency was established in 1979 to stimulate and expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities in Washington, D.C.

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