(Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners)

The D.C. Housing Finance Agency recently completed the funding to build 71 one- and two-bedroom apartments in a four-story building less than a quarter mile from two Metro stations.

The St. Stephens apartments, a joint venture between the Washington Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, the Warrenton Group and Pennrose Properties, LLC, is attempting to meet green building standards and provide services to low-income families or individuals with mental illness.

As a part of the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Supportive Housing Strategic Plan, 25 percent of the residences (18 units) are set aside for clients of DBH who earn 30 percent or less of area median income, currently $109,200. The other 75 percent of apartments are reserved for families whose incomes are at or below 50 percent of AMI.

Located at 4000 Benning Rd. NE in Ward 7, St. Stephens is attempting to meet Enterprise Green Communities standards for sustainable building practices, healthy indoor air quality and energy efficiency features that lower utility bills.

The building will have a green roof, 26 covered parking spaces, four outdoor community gathering spaces and a landscaped courtyard. Inside, the building will have an exercise room, a toddlers’ play room, two media lounges, two multi-purpose rooms and secure bike storage. The Latin American Youth Center will provide on-site job training, after school activities, tutoring and college entrance counseling.

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