Project Description


Permanent Supportive Housing
Washington, D.C.


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

This project will be a new 14-story, 89,000 square foot building constructed on a vacant site at 1005 North Capitol Street in a rapidly redeveloping area north of Union Station in DC. The tenant mix for the 123 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 include street level retail, second floor office space for onsite social supportive services and common laundry, exercise, lounge and multipurpose rooms.

The project team worked closely with the leadership of the adjacent historic St. Philips Baptist Church to ensure that the design of this new building would complement the architectural style of the church.

Sorg Architects
Total Cost

Complex Funding
Green Buildings
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. “
Bishop John Shol, United Methodist Church Maryland-DC Conference