49-unit-building is funded by HUD grant, developed by Victory Housing
by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
To care for the growing senior population in the parish, St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring will build a new affordable independent-living community on its grounds for nearby residents 62 years and older with low and moderate incomes.
"It's simple: You give people housing that need it. That goes all the way back to the Scriptures," said St. Camillus parishioner Ron Dickenson, who has been pushing for the Victory Oaks independent living community for 10 years.
Victory Oaks will be developed, maintained and staffed by Victory Housing Inc., the nonprofit housing development arm of the Archdiocese of Washington, and designed by Bethesda-based architects Grimm and Parker. The three-story, 49-unit building is funded by a $6.4 million Section 202 Capital Advance Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, awarded to one affordable senior housing project in the Washington, D.C., area each year.