Monsenor Romero Apartments is providing 63 units of affordable housing in Washington, D.C. The redeveloped project replaces apartments that were partially burned down in a devastating fire in March 2008.
The project enabled a mainly Latino population to return to the building, which has helped to maintain the ethnic diversity and vitality of the neighborhood. The building was renamed in honor of El Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Romero, an advocate for the poor who was slain during prayer services at a hospital.
Developer National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corp. is providing an array of social services for the residents. Resident services include the firm's HungryBrains! tutoring program, free tax preparation, a financial literacy program, a computer lab, and free Wi-Fi throughout the building and in the courtyard.