36,000 Housing Units by 2025
As you know, housing is a continued focus for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s office. You may have also heard that our goal is 36,000 units by 2025. Of these 36,000 new units, at least 12,000 must be affordable to low-income households, with the preservation of an additional 6,000 units of affordable housing. To meet this bold new target, the District will need to strategically plan for where these new units can be located throughout the city. As part of this process, the Office of Planning will be undertaking a housing systems analysis to develop housing production targets for each of the District’s planning areas.
Earlier this month, in partnership with the Office of Planning and the Department of Housing and Community Development, we engaged with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to hone in on the development of affordable housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods in the District, specifically in areas west of Rock Creek Park. The panel’s findings helped inform the District of potential strategies to accelerate housing production to meet the growing demand for housing across the city.
July was a fruitful month when it came to producing and preserving housing. We launched our housing data blog, celebrated the topping out for Skyland Town Center in Ward 7 bringing 450 to 500 residential apartments upon full completion, preserved over 1,000 affordable housing units at Worthington Woods in Ward 8, and completed four family-sized affordable townhomes at 8th and T Streets, NW in the Shaw neighborhood of Ward 1.
As we look to August and beyond, we are focused on ensuring housing for all across all eight wards!
Welcoming John Falcicchio as Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development!
Early this month, Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of John Falcicchio as the Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Mr. Falcicchio has served as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff since the start of her Administration after volunteering as a campaign advisor and director of Mayor-elect Bowser’s transition. Mr. Falcicchio previously served as a Senior Vice President of DKC, a New York based public relations firm; as a Regional Political Director for the Democratic National Committee during the re-election of President Obama; and as a long-time aide to former Mayor Adrian Fenty. The search for the next Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will continue this summer.