- ANNUAL MEETING
ULI Washington conducted a 2015 Millennial Study to find out the influence that the Millennial generation is having on the underlying fundamental values in Washington and its close-in suburbs. While it is difficult to predict whether their presence will truly shift our ways of living, working, and collaborating, this survey sought to examine how the generation might influence trends in housing, entertainment, retail and transportation because of their entrepreneurial spirit and the rise of the sharing economy. There is also interest in how their needs will change as they grow older and form families. The 2015 survey served as a baseline to track trends over time, especially as more Millennials marry and have children. The survey also provided information for public officials and the real estate industry as they create policies and products to respond to the needs of this cohort.
Three years have passed since the first report and ULI is conducting the study again to see how the baseline information has changed over that time. In 2015, there were over 1,300 respondents. The survey screens potential respondents to be sure they are in the desired survey cohort who are under 35 living within specific zip codes within the Beltway.
If you would like to participate, visit this link, and also share with your colleagues, constituents and friends. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be open for at least the next two weeks.
Earlier this year, HAND along with several of its members and partners, signed onto revisions to DC’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a document that our local leaders use to guide how the city will grow and change in the coming decades. The coalition recently completed and submitted its amendment package, which fundamentally aims to improve the Comp Plan to build more homes, build and preserve more affordable homes, and provide better protections against displacement. The group that drafted the package included DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), MidAtlantic Realty Partners (MRP) and EYA.
Monday, October 23, 2017 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street NW (Gallery Place/Archives Metro)
$25 to attend (includes coffee and lunch)
Amid DC’s housing affordability crisis, one solution stands out: flexible, outside-the-box ways to increase housing supply. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have potential to be one flexible solution.
ADUs improve sustainability by creating more resource-efficient housing; improve housing affordability by adding new supply in previously inaccessible places; and reap both social and financial benefits by promoting intergenerational shared housing for homeowners and renters.
Homeowners still face a series of practical barriers to building ADUs on their property: determining appropriate design options, assessing feasibility, securing financing, navigating the permitting process, developing working relationships with architects and builders, managing the construction process, and ongoing property management.
Presented by the Coalition for SmarterGrowth, DC ADU Workgroup, AIA|DC, and ULI Washington, “Reinventing the Home: How accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be a bigger part of the housing solution for DC” will convene resources, experience, and stakeholders to begin to address these challenges, and bring ADUs, as a new generation of housing supply, to scale in the District of Columbia. Learn more about this event and register here.
DHS will use the offered properties as housing units for families. A “Focused Housing” model which will create temporary housing facilities (ideally targeted to no more than 50 and no less than 15 contiguous units per site) is being implemented. However, the District is able to entertain some flexibility in that target number. A portion of the building’s footprint should be available to be utilized for program support spaces, which may be provided in the form of additional apartment units. Supportive services will be provided on site and will be geared toward supporting families to achieve housing stability, improving quality of life and working to sustain self-sufficiency. Ideally, such program support spaces may include amenities such as a community room (450 sq. ft.), administrative area (5 offices, 130 to 150 sq. ft. each), on-site laundry facility (315 sq. ft. – approximately 4 washers/4 dryers is preferred), and parking for the staff. Such amenities are desired but not required for this Solicitation. Property owners will provide property management of the property. Partially occupied buildings will not be accepted. However, sites/properties which include multiple buildings may be considered.
HAND is pleased to announce that it recently joined leaders of regional civic and business organizations in signing onto a letter urging the signatories of the governing compact of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to reform our regional transit system. An excerpt from the letter reads:
“We reiterate our strong conviction that any reform effort must include reforms to WMATA’s governing, financial, and operational structures. Reform of any one structure alone will not be sufficient. For instance, additional funding for Metro will only be beneficial if it is accompanied by structural changes that give WMATA’s board the flexibility to effectively allocate resources and staff the flexibility to leverage additional resources to make operational improvements.”
The following groups have signed on:
Federal City Council
Greater Washington Board of Trade
The 2030 Group
The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA)
The Consortium of Universities
The DC Building Industry Association
DC Chamber of Commerce
The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Arlington County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington
Leadership Greater Washington
Washington Airports Task Force
Committee for Dulles
Enterprise Community Partners
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
The Housing Association of Non-profit Developers (HAND)
HAND encourages its members and partners to join us in supporting these reform efforts to ensure the sustainability of the Washington region’s transit system. If you are interested in signing, please contact Maura Brophy or Dana Gresham.To read the letter in full, click here. You can also find more information here.
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