Innovative Housing Helps 'Grandfamilies' Thrive

Innovative housing helps 'grandfamilies' thrive

Washington Post - February 02, 2019

"The opioid epidemic and the effects of the Great Recession are big contributing factors," said Ela Rausch, an expert on grandfamily housing and a project director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "For low- and moderate-income households, incarceration … as well as divorce and parents' deaths also lead grandparents to step in." In August, Carter and Akirah became the first tenants to move in. Carter was thrilled by Plaza West's amenities: the community room for social events, with east-facing windows and views of Gallaudet University; the library; laundry rooms and lounges on each floor; a computer-filled activities room; a small gym; and a fenced-in outdoor playground, basketball court and garden. There's an underground garage with 51 free parking spaces. The building is staffed around the clock, and the tall gate facing the street is always locked.