Grand Opening Ceremony of the Monseñor Romero Apartments in the Mount Pleasant Community of Washington, D.C.

Thirty-eight families return to their homes at the former site of the Deauville apartments after the devastating fire destroyed the building in 2008


WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 25, 2014 – The National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation (NHT/ Enterprise), elected officials, community leaders and Capital One Bank will celebrate the grand re-opening of the Monseñor Romero apartments in Mount Pleasant.

The $19 million Monseñor Romero Apartments replace the previous Deauville apartment building that was destroyed in 2008 by the most destructive fire in 30 years in Washington, D.C. The building is named in honor of the assassinated El Salvadorian Catholic Church Bishop who was a champion of the poor and spoke out against poverty and social injustice. The new construction of 63 affordable homes fulfills promises made to residents by city officials that one day they would return to their homes.

Thirty-eight of the 63 affordable homes are allocated to former residents who were displaced by the fire.  Ten apartments are designated for the physically disabled. The project meets Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the nation’s first framework for greening affordable housing, as required by the District of Columbia.

WHO: 

Vincent Gray, mayor, Washington, D.C. 
Jim Graham, Councilmember Ward 1  
Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C. mayor-elect (invited)
Michael Kelly, D.C. Department of Housing & Community Development Director (invited)
Steve Smith, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
Edmund Delany, Capital One Bank
Yasmin Romero-Latin, 3145 Mount Pleasant Street Tenant’s Association
Scott Kline, NHT-Enterprise Preservation Corporation

WHAT:

Monseñor Romero Apartment’s grand opening celebration

WHEN

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
1:00 p.m

WHERE: 

3145 Mount Pleasant Street, N.W
 Washington, D.C.

Following the ceremony guests are invited to tour the homes. Resident interviews will be available.

The U.S. is in the midst of a broad housing insecurity crisis that is affecting nearly 19 million low-income families who are homeless or paying more than half of their monthly income on housing. Enterprise’s goal is to end housing insecurity in the U.S within a generation. That means no more homelessness and no more families paying more than half of their income on housing. As a down payment toward that goal, by 2020 Enterprise will help provide opportunity to 1 million low-income families through quality affordable housing and connections to health care, good schools, jobs and transit.

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Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 320,000 homes, invested $16 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.com or www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.

About National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation: A joint effort of the National Housing Trust and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., NHT/Enterprise partners with community groups, for-profits and investors to buy and renovate affordable apartments that are deteriorating or at risk of being converted to market rate. Based in Washington, DC, NHT-Enterprise has preserved more than 5,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia.

About Capital One Bank: Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and Capital One is proud to support this and other community initiatives. www.capitaloneinvestingforgood.com/