Wah Luck House

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The legacy of this affordable housing landmark for the elderly in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC appeared to be at risk several years ago. The neighborhood started to transform in the 1990s with the construction of Capital One Arena from an enclave for Chinese immigrants into a sports and entertainment mecca. Tenants at Wah Luck House feared that the former owner of the property would sell their Section 8 building and that the property would be converted into market-rate housing. In 2017, Foundation Housing, which was then publicly known as National Foundation for Affordable Housing Solutions, partnered with a team of investors to purchase the building. The transaction to preserve Wah Luck as affordable housing also included a $9.5 million renovation project spearheaded by Foundation Housing. 

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