Benning Heights Apartments

In Washington, DC the Benning Heights Tenants Association (BHA) found that their building was being sold. The market price for the property would likely make rents unaffordable. Using the powers afforded them under the District of Columbia’s TOPA, BHTA partnered with NHPF to have the market-based purchase contract assigned to them and acquire the property. Benning Heights Apartments is a 148-unit all brick, garden style walkup apartment community. The property is made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, spread over 24, two-story buildings. Amenities t this community include central air conditioning, garbage disposals, on-site laundry facility, playground, on-site security, of-street parking, and convenient public transportation. Benning Heights is located just minutes from DC’s public transportation system making it an ideal home for commuters


$ 32,229,304

BHTA found that their building suffered from years of deferred maintenance and other capital needs unaddressed by the previous owner. BHTA and NHPF are undertaking a comprehensive rehabilitation of the property with low income housing tax credits as well as subsidies provided by DC Government.

Secured financing and funding or this redevelopment project included:

$ 13,230,000 Citibank Tax Exempt Loan
$ 10,530,000 LIHTC Equity
$ 2,740,908 Mark to Market Note
$ 5,012,387 DC DHCD Soft Money
$ 300,000 Interim Income
$ 416,009 Existing Reserves


$ 13,327,278

Benning Heights Apartments is comprised of 54 one-bedroom units, 84 two-bedroom units, and 10 three-bedroom units. The Property is covered 100% by a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Assistance Payment Contract that will run for 19 years. The Property also has a HUD owned Mortgage Restructuring Note on it from its redevelopment in 1984.

Secured financing and funding or this project included:

$ 9,600,000 Citibank
$ 3,128,829 HUD Mortgage Restructuring Note
$ 290,580 DHCD Loan
$ 307,869 NHPF Equity


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NHPF’s diverse income and rent structure provides housing for a range of households from low to moderate income. Notwithstanding income levels, the same level of amenities and access to our services is offered to all residents.

This property is just one example of how NHPF’s commitment to affordable housing has helped American families.

Headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, The NHP Foundation was launched on January 30, 1989, as a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not-for-profit real estate corporation. NHPF is dedicated to preserving and creating sustainable, service-enriched multifamily housing that is both affordable to low and moderate income families and seniors, and beneficial to their communities. NHPF also provides a robust resident services program to more than 28,000 community residents. Through partnerships with major financial institutions, the public sector, faith-based initiatives, and other not-for-profit organizations, NHPF has preserved 90 properties, totaling 16,000 units in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Today, NHPF’s portfolio includes 49 properties, totaling 8,400 apartment units, in 15 states and the District of Columbia.