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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Breaks Ground on New Transitional and Supportive Housing for Women

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Breaks Ground on New Transitional and Supportive Housing for Women

New Endeavors Units Will Provide Support for Women Transitioning from Homelessness

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray, other officials and community leaders today broke ground on a renovated and expanded apartment facility in Shaw that will provide 30 transitional units in clusters of 5-6 bedrooms each for the New Endeavors by Women program. The organization helps women and their families transition from homelessness to independent living.

“Since the beginning of my administration, one of our overarching goals has been improving the quality of life for every District resident, making sure they have the opportunities they need to succeed,” Mayor Gray said. “That’s why I’m excited to be here this morning to break ground on the renovation and expansion of this facility, which opens the door of opportunity for homeless women.”

The District’s Department of General Services (DGS) is managing the project’s $10.1 million capital budget on behalf of the DC Department of Human Services (DHS). The building was originally built in the 1970s as a police station, and will be fully renovated and expanded to provide additional units and services to women. The “green” building that will result is designed to meet LEED Gold standards.

The project is part of the Gray Administration’s continued effort to move homeless residents out of shelter environments and into transitional and permanent housing. For more information on DGS and the new DHS Permanent Supportive Housing units, please visit http://dgs.dc.gov.