City breaks ground on Petworth affordable apartments


D.C. officials celebrated the upcoming renovation of an apartment building in Petworth on June 23, which will ultimately provide 19 units of affordable housing at 4000 Kansas Ave. NW.

The District allocated $3.7 million from the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund to purchase and upgrade the building, where units will be reserved for tenants of varying incomes for at least 50 years, according to a news release.

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, Mayor Muriel Bowser also highlighted other success stories from the city’s affordable housing policies. These include recently completing an upgrade to the 84-unit apartment building at 901 Rhode Island Ave. NW in Ward 6; expanding programs to help D.C. homebuyers; and creating or preserving more than 3,600 units of affordable housing units since 2015, with over 5,000 more on the way.

Officials also talked up the June 24 Housing Expo and Home Show, which featured workshops and exhibits about affordable housing and home improvement.

“No time in our District’s history have we invested more and housed more residents in a two-year period — and we’re not slowing down anytime soon,” Polly Donaldson, director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, said in the news release.