Still waiting for affordable housing

August 9, 2013

A construction crane looms over the site of the second phase of the SeVerna housing complex, near where the Temple Courts apartments once stood. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Five years ago, the Temple Courts apartments were demolished at the northwest corner of North Capitol and K streets, with the city pledging to allow residents of the 211-unit building to move back to the neighborhood. But as The Post’s Robert Samuels has chronicled, redevelopment at the site has not gone as planned, and few Temple Courts residents have been able to stay in the neighborhood. This week, the D.C. Housing Authority announced it is seeking to redevelop its aging headquarters, a few blocks north of the Temple Courts site, as a mixed-use complex with affordable housing that might seem perfect for those who were displaced. But, Samuels reports, the affordable housing requirements in the initial procurement are lax: Only a minimum of 70 units are required to be affordable to those making 80 percent or less of area median income.

In other news:

Adrian Fenty is dating Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the Apple titan (Reliable Source)

Drop in DYRS recidivism coincided with a drop in DYRS population (WaTimes)

Behold the Capitol Power Plant, “a concrete example of the government’s inability to green its own turf” (NYT)

Latest D.C. jail suicide “should spur a deeper review of what the jail is doing and how it can better equip its staff” (Post editorial)

A theater-less Chuck Brown Park is “an embarrassing and permanent reminder of our city’s inability to properly support its own indigenous music” (Post)

Is the District’s employment stagnancy a harbinger of sequestration’s effects? (Post)

Congressional politicking is good news for the District’s health insurance exchange (WonkblogWaTimesWBJ)

Toughest test for the exchange? “[C]onvincing residents that its city government can implement and manage the program” (The Root DC)

A changing health-care landscape may make United Medical Center more appealing to private hospital chains (WBJ)

Just about everyone in the city will be able to get a free visitor parking pass. Is that a good idea? (GGW)

Does the Tommy Wells poll prove this is an “underwhelming” mayoral field? (WRC-TV)

“Ex-gay” gospel singer featured at city-organized Saturday night concert at MLK Memorial (Blade)

An emerging critique of soccer-stadium deal: Why not auction the Reeves Center rather than swap it? (DCFPI)

Jonetta Rose Barras fears the deal could leave city agencies hopelessly far-flung (Post column)

Eminent domain for a soccer stadium? (Cato)

Ralph Nader: If Wal-Mart can pay its Canadian workers more, it can pay D.C. workers more (Housing Complex)

Patton Boggs retools for a new era (WSJ)

Nas helps raise thousands of dollars for displaced Northeast family of eight (CrowdtiltWJLA-TVWNEW-FM)

Three Moultrie courthouse marshals are suspended during investigation of “serious misconduct” (Post)

Small park along Massachusetts Avenue NW generates big complaints (WJLA-TV)

Two boys were taken from Children’s National Medical Center, quickly found (Post)

Jefferson Middle School makes good on viral-video promise (Post)

D.C.’s charter schools, ranked by diversity (GGW)

A Georgetown perspective on the zoning rewrite (G’town MetropolitanDish)

Defense lawyer incensed at prosecutor’s slap on wrist over bar violations (Legal Times)

Pepco swears it can now supply reliable power to Bloomingdale restaurants (WBJ)

Politics and Prose owners are no fans of Jeff Bezos (Erik WemplePost column)

Another D.C. brewery gets going (Young & Hungry)

Inside the new O Street Market (Housing Complex)

Clyde’s turns 50 next week (Dish)

Get your Nats license plate (Washingtonian)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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