Galen TerraceJune 13, 2011
$12.5 million Saves Section 8 Housing in Anacostia
2008: Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) “Best Project in Washington, DC”
2008: Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards “Best Urban Project” Honorable Mention
2007: Enterprise Communities Partners, Inc. “Enterprise Green Communities Designation”
83 units of affordable housing were preserved and improved in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC. When the property was put up for sale, the tenants joined together, formed what would become The Galen Terrace Tenant Association and used their rights under the Tenant Opportunity Act (TOPA) to preserve their homes. TOPA gives renters the right of first refusal, when an owner wants to sell rental property. After interviewing several developers, the group decided to partner with both nonprofit and for profit developers to help it achieve its preservation goals.
The property had been suffering from poor management, increasing crime and a run-down physical condition. Under the new ownership of the tenants association and their partners, significant improvements turned the property around. Safety became a key goal, and improvements were made through improved lighting, installation of a secure key card building entry system, and surveillance cameras.