The Response: Plaza West
Mission First Housing Group, in partnership with Golden Rule Plaza, Inc., developed Plaza West at 4th and K Streets NW in the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington, DC. The development provides 223 affordable apartments for individuals and families. Fifty units are dedicated to grandfamilies – grandparents raising grandchildren where the parent is not present.
Plaza West provides:
- Apartment homes that are physically right-sized for a variety of intergenerational families.
- Support services tailored to the diverse needs of grandfamilies.
- Age-appropriate recreational spaces for a resident group that can include infants and young children, teenagers and seniors.
Plaza West helps meet a critical need for affordable housing in an area with low vacancy rates and a scarcity of affordable units. The combined housing and services program aims to promote healthy grandfamily bonding, housing stabilization, peer-to-peer support, recreational experiences, and resources for success in school, work and the community.