Family members of Channing Phillips attend the unveiling of a mural in his honor with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in the lobby of a new apartment building in Northwest on Oct. 26. Photo by Roy Lewis
Family members of Channing Phillips attend the unveiling of a mural in his honor with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in the lobby of a new apartment building in Northwest on Oct. 26. Photo by Roy Lewis

Federal and local officials joined members of the Lincoln-Westmoreland Housing development team to celebrate the erection of an affordable-housing complex in D.C. more than four decades in the making.

The Channing E. Phillips Homes, a new 56-unit apartment building in the Shaw/Howard neighborhood in Northwest opened to much fanfare on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were on hand to dedicate the building, named for Channing E. Phillips, the late civil rights leader and minister of Lincoln Temple, as were members of the Phillips family.

“The entire city is indebted to Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC and Westmoreland Congregational UCC for decades of determined leadership that has achieved new affordable housing, needed even more today than when they were prescient in proposing it,” Norton said. “Affordable housing in Shaw should point the way to how to balance economic development with the needs of our diverse citizens who have contributed to the rich fabric of our city.

“It is especially fitting that the Channing E. Phillips Homes will carry the name of a great civil rights leader and champion of those who needed his leadership most,” Norton said.

The eight-story building designed by Shalom Baranes Associates of Washington, D.C., sits at 1710 7th Street NW and includes 28 one-bedroom apartments, 21 two-bedroom apartments and 7 three-bedroom apartments.

The rent ranges from $1,229 for a one-bedroom unit to $1,704 for a three-bedroom apartment. Logan Shaw Child Care will occupy the first-floor retail space.

“Thanks to the strong partnership between my administration, the faith community, and public and private sectors, the Channing E. Phillips Homes will ensure that the District is an affordable and equitable city,” Bowser said. “This type of affordable housing is a great example of what we need for all Washingtonians.”

The development of the Phillips Homes came from a 40-year partnership between two D.C.-area United Church of Christ churches, Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC and Westmoreland Congregational UCC.

The two churches became housing development partners to invest in the Shaw neighborhood in the late sixties. Their successful development of affordable housing dates back to 1969, when they broke ground on the Lincoln Westmoreland Apartments, a 108-unit, 10-story affordable apartment building now located next door to the Phillips Homes.

“Our dream of new affordable housing has now become real after so many years,” said David Jacobs, president of the Lincoln Westmoreland Housing board of directors. “Opportunities to build affordable housing next to Metro are simultaneously much needed and extremely rare.

“Lincoln Westmoreland Housing is honored to develop Channing Phillips Homes as affordable housing for residents of the Shaw community,” Jacobs said. “May it be enabled to continue this holy work.”

Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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