Thursday, November 30, 2023

Community Imperative: Affordable Housing. Washington, D.C. 1983, the five ladies were given the chance to buy the building for $75,000

How a Northwest DC apartment building became a home and life-changing investment for 4 women

4 Northwest DC seniors
From left to right: Joanne Jenkins, Janice Washington, Earline Hendricks and Bettie Perry. (Courtesy Noelle-Kristine Spencer)

In 1971, Joanne Jenkins was a single mom looking for an apartment to raise her family in. She discovered a six-unit building in Northwest D.C., then signed a lease and moved in.

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