Housing for Veterans Highlights Redevelopment of Walter Reed Campus
Published in Affordable Housing Finance
By Donna Kimura
June 24, 2020
A new 77-unit housing community is one of the cornerstones in the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Washington, D.C.
For more than a century the center cared for wounded soldiers and other veterans before closing in 2011. The expansive site is being reimagined with new senior and high-end housing, a charter school, and other uses, but none is more fitting than the HELP USA Walter Reed Veteran Apartments.
Developed by nonprofit HELP USA, the apartments provide needed housing and supportive services to formerly homeless veterans. It’s one of the largest veterans-focused developments on the East Coast, occupying about one-third of Abrams Hall, a massive building that once provided convalescent care for soldiers.
“It’s an important project in ending veteran homelessness in the capital,” says David Cleghorn, chief housing officer at HELP USA.