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DC Office of Planning Releases Request for Proposals to Study the History of Affordable Housing in DC

Friday, April 19, 2024
Research will support efforts to make DC’s historic landmarks better reflect the full story of the District

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The DC Office of Planning (OP), in collaboration with the DC Preservation League, released a Request for Proposals seeking qualified professionals with historical research and historic preservation backgrounds to support a study of the history of affordable housing in the District, with a focus on housing for Black residents.

“We are excited to partner with researchers to develop a broader perspective on the history of affordable housing in the District to inform a future where all DC residents have access to quality homes that they can afford” said OP Director Anita Cozart.

The project will identify four properties to be listed in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites and National Register of Historic Places. The study is funded by a $70,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund through its Underrepresented Communities Grant Program.

From worker housing in the 18th century to alley dwellings in the 19th century and public housing in the 20th century – each generation has dealt with housing challenges and shortages in different ways. This study will build on OP’s past work on historic affordable housing, including’ the 2014 DC Historic Alley Buildings Survey and the Ward Heritage Guide series, developed from 2012 to 2021, which explores the different housing types found in the District’s diverse neighborhoods.

Individuals interested in responding to the RFP, visit for more information.

  • Those submitting proposals must have experience in preparing multiple property documents, historic context statements, or other National Register documentation forms.
  • A virtual pre-proposal information session will be held on April 23 at 12 PM.
  • The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 PM, May 19.

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