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Wednesday, October 30 2019

The Maycroft: Justice Housing Helps Residents Live Their Best Lives

Affordable Renovation Project Brings Community, Resources, and Resilience to Tenants in Columbia Heights Neighborhood

Residents of the Maycroft Apartments are Moving Back Home


Photos © Eric Taylor,

“Justice Housing Helps Residents Live Their Best Lives”
-Client, Jubilee Housing

Justice Housing is deeply affordable housing in thriving neighborhoods, with supportive services onsite and within walking distance of grocery, education, and health services. The Maycroft is located in the lively, walkable Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC and is now home to 64 deserving families. The 1920’s-era historic building has been completely restored in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and has received historic tax credits, approval from the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment, receipt of New Market Tax Credits, and Enterprise Green Communities sustainable design, to name a few. The Maycroft achieves the Enterprise Green Community’s top rating and was financed through a wide variety of funding vehicles. In fact, its final historic tax credit certificate was received this past Tuesday!



The formerly un-improved terrace-level is now home to Martha’s Table, an early childhood development center serving the needs of Jubilee’s residents. This facility consists of a variety of spaces that provide opportunities for residents, their families, and community members to grow, learn, and give-back. Classrooms, administrative offices, and adjacent play areas are the daytime home of Jubilee children. Adjacent to Martha’s Table is a commercial preparation kitchen where volunteers help prepare meals for the children and other residents. On the facilities west wing, a teen resource center is designed to be a relaxed environment where young adults can socialize, prepare homework, receive tutoring, and experience community with a ‘capital C’.


LIVE and THRIVE in a place to call home

64 residential units were completely renovated with new kitchens, bathrooms, and energy-saving HVAC systems. The historic first floor stone clad lobby was restored and re-energized as the front door to the new Maycroft Apartments.

The exterior masonry, metal cornices and decorative trim were carefully cleaned and repaired, and new doors and windows installed throughout. Interior improvements required the salvage of interior trim, doors and frames, while remaining in conformance with its landmark status. The work includes two new egress stairs and elevator, new electrical wiring, plumbing, elevator and sprinkler systems throughout.


We congratulate our incredible client Jubilee Housing, our team of architects, engineers, architectural historians, legal counsel, contractors, and a cast of many hard-working individuals who made this project possible and again a beacon in the Adams Morgan community.

Tomorrow morning, October 31, Jubilee Housing will be hosting a Coming Home Breakfast to celebrate new and returning Jubilee residents. They will discuss how we can create justice for our city’s most challenged residents through projects like the Maycroft. Our team will be there to join in and support the discussion; follow us on social media for updates during and after the event.