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D.C. Affordable Housing: Will The Nation’s Capital Finally Get The Housing It Needs? Find Out At Bisnow’s Aug. 25 Event


Washington, D.C., one of the most expensive cities in the U.S., has an urgent need for more affordable housing.

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently called for the construction of 12,000 new affordable housing units by 2025. Meanwhile, Amazon, which operates a headquarters in the D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, pledged $125M to help construct or preserve an estimated 1,000 units of affordable housing around the District. 

Clearly, the public and private sectors both see the economic and quality-of-life benefits that could result from an increase in Washington, D.C.’s affordable housing stock. Will this momentum last, and what challenges lie ahead?

Find out at Bisnow’s Greater D.C. Affordable Housing Summit on Aug. 25. The event will bring together affordable housing owners and developers, investors and advocates to discuss affordability in and around Washington, D.C.

Register here to participate in conversations that will explore topics such as:

  • How Covid impacted the pipeline for additional housing.
  • What incentives the private sector is offering to encourage construction. 
  • How developers and public officials are determining the mix of market-rate versus affordable housing.
  • Where new affordable housing is being built in and around the District.
  • Efforts to destigmatize affordable housing in upscale communities.
  • The future of eviction moratoriums.
  • The pros and cons of repurposing existing buildings versus building new.

Scheduled speakers and panelists include:

  • Catherine Buell, head of community development for Amazon
  • Polly Donaldson, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Brian McLaughlin, president of Enterprise Community Development
  • Corey Powell, chief operating officer of Dantes Partners
  • Carmen Romero, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing CEO
  • Jim Knight, Jubilee Housing president
  • Brett Meringoff, Fairstead senior vice president
  • Robert Goldman, Montgomery Housing Partnership president

In addition, Joe Lemense, United Bank managing director, will deliver the opening remarks at the host venue, which is yet to be announced.

Visit here to learn more or register for Bisnow’s Greater D.C. Affordable Housing Summit.