The Short-term Family Housing facility in Washington, DC, is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of adaptive reuse and the resilience of a community. This project, spanning 33,000 square feet and encompassing 45 units, marks a significant milestone in the fight for social justice, offering hope and dignity to those in need. Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, it not only serves as an emergency shelter but also as a symbol of progress and compassion.
The story of this project begins with the closure of DC General Hospital, which had previously occupied the land. For many years, this hospital had served as housing for over 300 families living in deplorable conditions. The closure of DC General was a significant moment in the ongoing struggle to provide better living conditions for those in desperate need. Our firm played an instrumental role in drafting the legislation to close down DC General, making way for a new beginning.
Located in the Mayor’s own neighborhood, this Short-term Family Housing facility is more than just a shelter; it is an integral part of the community. Its presence in such a prominent location underscores the city’s commitment to addressing homelessness and offering a better future to its residents.
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