HELP USA has been selected as the redeveloper for Abrams Hall, a 170,000 s.f. building on the Walter Reed campus. This building was constructed in 1976 and currently provides ‘barracks’ housing for soldiers receiving medical treatment at the Army Medical Center.  Abrams Hall is comprised of two interconnected, three story buildings; a parking garage is situated beneath the south building.

HELP proposes that Abrams Hall be redeveloped to provide permanent supportive housing for individual veterans and affordable housing for veteran families at-risk of homelessness. The new facility, which would be operated by HELP’s Property Management Company, would include a minimum of 40 apartments for individual, homeless veterans and 40-50 apartments for veteran families. Supportive service offices, group meeting rooms, and other common spaces for the veterans would be included in the new facility.  On-site services would be provided by HELP, Catholic Charities and the Veterans Administration; additional services would be provided at the local VA Medical Center.

The District’s Local Redevelopment Authority will present the redevelopment plan for the entire Walter Reed campus to HUD in the Summer of 2011; HUD approval is anticipated late in 2011.  Once that approval is received, HELP can move ahead with architectural and engineering studies, and finalize its financing plan for the new facility.