Project Description


Permanent Supportive Housing
Washington, D.C.


Calvary Place is a project of Be The Change Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization formed by leaders of the United Methodist Church. It will address the need for permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless in Washington, DC, with an emphasis on assistance for veterans who represent over 25% of DC’s homeless population, and also for working low income individuals.

Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, this project will develop a one half acre former church site by adaptively reusing portions of the existing church buildings as part of a new integrated 45,000 square foot 5-story building with an inner courtyard garden. The tenant mix for the 80 efficiency apartments is expected to be approximately 50% for formerly homeless individuals with special needs and 50% for low income individuals.

The new structure will also contain a 1-bedroom apartment for the building superintendent, common exercise, computer and laundry rooms, gathering spaces, lobby with a staffed reception desk and offices for case managers, support services programs and building staff.

Hickok Cole
Donohoe Construction
Total Cost

Adaptive Reuse
Complex Funding
Green Buildings
Historic Structures
Significant Site Constraints
Specialized Equipment

“Synthesis worked with us on several projects of different sizes and complexities. Our projects came in on time and under budget because of their leadership. They are consummate professionals, develop a good working team, advocate for the owner’s interests and needs and ensure a quality project. On a couple of occasions, the project would stall for a variety of reasons, but they were able to get things on track and keep it moving.”
Bishop John Shol, United Methodist Church Maryland-DC Conference