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Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects

One of the most important agenda items in Mayor Muriel Bower’s initiative to create ‘Pathways to the Middle Class’ is the process of ending homelessness in the city. The Department of General Services (DGS) is partnering with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to design and build new Short-term Family Housing in all eight Wards. The newly constructed facilities will replace DC General Hospital, which served as the District’s largest shelter for more than seven years.

The DGS webpages on STFH are a portal to information on the construction phases of the initiative. Below you find a Ward-by-Ward analysis of each DGS STFH construction project. Please contact us with your questions or concerns at [email protected].

For information about the closing of DC General and an overview of the District’s Short-term Family Housing Project, please visit the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services at https://dmhhs.dc.gov//homewarddc

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projeccts- Ward 1  The Property for the Ward 1 Short-Term Family facility will be located on site with existing Rita Bright Family and Youth Center. The Young Center will remain and will receive site enhancements as part of the project. The Short Term Family Housing facility will provide 35 Short-Term Family Housing units, 50 apartment-style units, and 15 one bedroom senior Permanent Supportive Housing units.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 3  The newly construction Ward 3 Short-term family housing unit will house fifty (50) family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, indoor/outdoor play space, homework/study lounge for residents and other amenities.The site will also include a parking structure to support MPD vehicles and the STFH staff assigned to the site.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 4  The newly construction Ward 4 Short-term family housing unit will house forty-five (45) family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age appropriate indoor recreation space, homework/study lounge for residents and other amenities.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 5 The newly construction Ward 5 Short-term family housing unit will house forty-six (46) family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age appropriate indoor recreation space, homework/study lounge for residents and other amenities.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 6 This project involves the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of a new 7-story, 53,003 sf residential building. The 7-story building will house 7-10 residential units per floor with a total of 50 Units in the building.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 7 The newly construction Ward 7 Short-term family housing unit will house thirty-five (35) family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age appropriate indoor recreation space, homework/study lounge for residents and other amenities.

Short Term Family Housing Construction Projects - Ward 8 The newly construction Ward 8 Short-term family housing unit will house fifty (50) family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age appropriate indoor recreation space, homework/study lounge for residents and other amenities.

DC General Campus Improvements - As part of the District of Columbia’s plan to end homelessness, the Department of General Services will close and deconstruct DC General, a former hospital that currently serves as the District’s largest family shelter for the previous seven years. Each day, DC General houses approximately 250 families who are experiencing homelessness. DC General Campus Improvements project is comprised of 6 main buildings including site hardscaping. The Core Building is buildings 1 through 4, Building 29 and Building 9. Building 29 is located to the northwest of the Core building. Building 9 is located northeast of the Core Building. The total square footage of these building structures on the DC General campus is approximately 704,000.