Where to find affordable homes

It’s not uncommon to see apartments developed for urban professionals, or townhouses built with suburban families in mind. But housing created for the proverbial starving artist? That’s just one of the affordable housing options offered in the Washington metro area. Here’s a sampling:

Olney Springs

Mix of 57 single-family homes and 57 townhouses for sale. Currently under construction, the development is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Location: Bowie Mill Road in Olney at the site of a proposed elementary school that was canceled.

Notable: Houses have garages.

Price: Not all prices have been determined. But for those who qualify by income, prices range from $164,585 to $245,000 for a townhouse.

Developer: Montgomery Housing Partnership and Elm Street Development.

Builders: Ryan Homes, Richmond American and Craftstar Homes.

Renaissance Square Artists’ Housing
Forty-four one- and two-bedroom rental apartments for low-income artists. The building, constructed in 2008, includes studio and practice space.

Location: 4307 Jefferson St., Hyattsville.

Notable: It is one of three affordable artists’ housing developments in the Gateway Arts District, a two-mile stretch along Rhode Island and Baltimore avenues.

Price: $348 to $755 for one-bedroom units, $400 to $929 for two-bedroom units. Must qualify by income and be an artist.

Developer: Housing Initiative Partnership.

The Jordan

Ninety-unit apartment complex completed in 2011.

Location: Part of a development with offices and market-rate townhouses at the intersection of North Wakefield Street and Wilson Boulevard in Arlington near the Ballston Metro.

Notable: Amenities include a community center and courtyard with children’s water play area.

Price: Rents range from $916 to $1,500. Must qualify by income.

Developer: AHC.

Ellicott Crossing

Sixteen three-bedroom townhouses in a mostly market-rate development to be completed in 2014.

Location: Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

Notable: Sixteen of the 154 townhouses are available through Howard County’s Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program.

Price: About $221,154 for applicants who are income-eligible for Howard County’s MIHU program and are awarded a homeownership opportunity at an MIHU lottery held by Howard County Housing.

Builder: Ryan Homes.

House of Lebanon

Three-story, 82-unit senior citizen rental housing at the historic former M.M. Washington Career High School in Northwest Washington. Redevelopment to be completed in mid-November.

Location: 27 O St. in the Shaw neighborhood.

Notable: The building is to include community center space and environmentally friendly features.

Price: From $484 to $895 for efficiency and from $586 to $1,400 for a two-bedroom apartment for seniors who are income-qualified.

Developer: Mission First Housing Development Corp., UrbanMatters Development Partners and Mount Lebanon Community Development Corp.

Additional resources

DCHousingSearch.org is a free affordable-housing locator.

●D.C. Housing Finance Agency loan and down payment assistance is available through www.dchfa.org.

●The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) — www.gwul.org/programs/housing/hpapprovides up to $44,000 in assistance to eligible first-time home buyers.

●Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future — www.sahfnet.org — has a map of D.C.- area properties.

●Housing Virginia — www.housingvirginia.org — offers guide to various affordable-housing programs.

— Laura Barnhardt Cech