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Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on Ward 8’s First Affordable Assisted Living Community

Friday, November 22, 2019
Livingston Place at Southern Will Deliver 152 Affordable Homes for Seniors and Provide Onsite Health and Personal Services

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, DC Health, the Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) and the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) to break ground on Livingston Place at Southern, delivering the first affordable assisted living facility to Ward 8. The new community will provide 152 homes to low-income seniors who would otherwise be unable to afford assisted living.

“We are excited to deliver the first affordable assisted-living facility to Ward 8, ensuring that hundreds of seniors will be able to continue living in the community they love,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through investments in communities like Livingstone at Southern, we’ll keep providing safe and affordable homes for those who helped build this city and deserve to age in place.”

Livingston Place at Southern is reserved for seniors age 60 or older who require assistance with two or more activities of daily living. Residents will receive meals, personal care services, and transportation services. Apartments will be reserved for individuals or couples with incomes of 60% or less of the annual median income and residents who qualify for Medicaid.

“Livingston Place at Southern is a unique development that will provide assisted living services to senior citizens that are capable of living independently yet need help with daily care,” said Todd A. Lee, Executive Director and CEO, DCHFA. “The property will provide an option for District seniors to be able to age in place in an affordable community with support services onsite.”

The team comprised of Dantes Partners, Gilbane Development Company, Carding Group, and H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) partnered to develop the project. Staffing at the property will consist of an executive director and medical staff including a full-time Director of Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurses eight hours a day and certified nurse’s aides and trained medication employees on duty 24 hours a day.

“The Gilbane Development Company/Dantes Partners team are thrilled to usher in the first affordable assisted housing in Ward 8 for our aging seniors,” said Buwa Binitie of Dantes Partners, joint venture developer for the project. “And we could not have done it without our dedicated partners at DCHFA, the DC Department of Health and the Department of Healthcare Finance.”

DCHFA issued $50 million in bond financing and underwrote $15.3 million in low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity for the construction of Livingston Place at Southern, a $67 million development that will consist of 84 efficiencies and 68 one bedrooms.

Residents will have access to support services including medical, dental, rehabilitative, and counseling services; assistance with activities of daily living, including eating, bathing, toileting, grooming, dressing and mobility, and 24 hour supervision to ensure resident safety. All units will feature accessibility measures such as lower kitchen countertops, spacious bathrooms with grab bars, and an emergency call system. The community will also feature common amenities such as a club/community room, dining rooms, library, theater/TV center, fitness/wellness center, beauty/barber salon, and transportation for off-site activities.