SOME Groundbreaking Ceremony at Benning Road Site

On Wednesday, July 29 SOME will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for our 320,000 square foot green building on Benning Road, NE. The new, multi-use facility will include 202 units of affordable housing for homeless and very low-income families and individuals, a Medical and Dental Health Center operated by Unity Health Care, and SOME’s Center for Employment Training. The LEED certified facility will be located directly across the street from the Benning Road Metro and will take two years to build.

The facility will be the first in the District to combine affordable housing, job training and health care in a single location. Doing so will enable individuals and families to simultaneously address core challenges that they face: lack of affordable housing, unemployment and inadequate health care. Approximately half of D.C.’s affordable housing has disappeared over the past decade, nearly 30,000 D.C. residents are unemployed and almost half of primary and mental health care needs in the District are not being met.

At Benning Road, families and individuals will access the integrated services that they need to achieve lasting independence. Safe, affordable housing will provide stability and a platform for the facility’s other services, job training and health care. SOME CET will train 300 students per year to qualify for, obtain and keep good jobs that reward work with a living wage and benefits. The Unity Medical and Dental Health Center will serve a total of 10,000 patients per year.

The facility’s innovative architecture and landscaping will make it a community landmark that promotes community revitalization and inspires students, residents, patients and neighbors. Among the building’s highlights are a two-story community room and private playground for families; a third-story courtyard for single adult residents; and an airy, three-story glass atrium for students (shown above).

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