In 2008, the nonprofit group Peaceoholics proposed turning vacant apartment buildings into housing for at-risk young men. Despite city aid, the ambitious project ran aground, and the oversight and procedures of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development have been criticized. Last year, the department transferred ownership of three apartment complexes purchased by Peaceoholics to contractor Richard Hagler of Calvert County. Now some tenants complain of poor maintenance and other problems.
These buildings on Meigs Place in Northeast were part of the Peaceoholics project. Some tenants say they are enjoying their new homes, but others complain of rodent and maintenance problems. Tracy A. Woodward/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo