Introducing, The Bloom: AHDC and Carpenter's Shelter Project Update

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Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) and Carpenter’s Shelter are working on a new development that will provide 97 units of affordable housing as well as brand new space for Carpenter’s Shelter operations. We are pleased to announce new apartment community now has its official name: introducing, “The Bloom”.

 

AHDC Project Manager Jennifer Skow says that she was inspired by the growth of the neighborhood and of the program participants at Carpenter’s Shelter when thinking of names for the apartment building. “This project represents growth, and bloom isn’t just a synonym for growth, it also evokes a sense of flourishing,” says Skow. “There are a number of ways residents here may flourish; from easy access to grocery and other community amenities in the Braddock Road neighborhood, social connections and skills developed from the services that will be provided on-site, and the personal and professional growth that can happen when housing is stable.”

 

The project brings exciting changes for Carpenter’s Shelter as well. The current facility, a retrofitted DMV, will be torn down to make way for a new, purpose built building that will help Carpenter’s Shelter effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their clients. Additionally, 10 apartment units will be set aside as dedicated “permanent supportive housing” dwellings. According to Deputy Director of Carpenter’s Shelter Mary-Parker Lamm, "The City of Alexandria has over 28 citizens in a given year who need a permanent supportive housing unit to ensure they can remain a contributing citizen here in their very own community.  Carpenter's Shelter is proud to decrease that number by 36% with this one project.  We are eager to use our 29 years of experience with a population with a variety of needs and to support all of them in their next step - having a permanent home to call their own right in their own community.”

 

One of the unique “growing” features of The Bloom will be the 1,600 square foot production garden, which will provide produce for residents of The Bloom and Carpenter’s Shelter. This garden will be professionally managed by a third organization, Love & Carrots, who will also coordinate activities and events for residents related to the garden. Other building features include Bloom Books, small library spaces spread through the building, expansive green roofing, a playground accessible to The Bloom and Carpenter’s residents, and upper housing units with views of the US Capitol and the Washington Monument. Interior design features will also reflect this green, growing theme.

 

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The Bloom, which will be located above the ground-level Carpenter’s Shelter facility, will serve families and individuals who make less than 60% of area median income (or AMI – you can learn more about how AMI works here). This project comes at a “critical moment” for the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood according to Skow, who calls it an “extraordinary opportunity to create new units of low-income housing and provide a new facility to sustain operations for Carpenter’s Shelter in a high-opportunity neighborhood.” The area has grown rapidly in the past few years, but luxury rate units dwarf the number of affordable rate units. With amenities like the Metrorail line and bus access, Post Office, medical services, schools, recreational centers, and parks nearby, The Bloom will offer a convenient, connected affordable housing option for low-to-moderate income residents.

 

You can see more details about the Bloom on our webpage here. To be the first to receive updates about the Bloom and our other projects, sign up for our mailing list. To learn more about Carpenter’s Shelter, click here.

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