For decades, low-income housing has been one of two things—either a small, cramped unit in a very dangerous and dirty neighborhood or a small, cramped apartment in a gentrified neighborhood that is only affordable in the minds of millionaires. Well, the Housing Initiative Partnership has made affordable living modern and realistic with a touch of art.
Located in the heart of Mt. Rainier, MD, the artist housing is close to The GLUT, (a community run grocery store), Joe’s Movement Emporium, and the Mt. Rainier Police Station, so you can always feel safe and secure when you’re home. And with strict leasing policies, there is no way someone can just wander into the building unannounced.
Inside the apartments, you’ll find huge windows with screens, all new appliances, a large bathroom with an oversized tub, modern slide doors, and central heat & air. All the units are all 1-bedroom with a small enclave that can be used as a studio, den, yoga station, or library. The enclave has 3 windows almost as tall as the room itself that face either the front or the back, depending on your unit. There is a breakfast bar, removable drying rack, and paint sink for visual artists. The bedroom is very large and has a walk-in closet along with two sizable windows. The front room also has a large closet with sliding doors.
The glossy hardwood floors are nice and the walls are thick, so no need to worry about noisy neighbors. The artists are friendly and with only 12 units in the building, it feels more like a family than an apartment complex. Residents enjoy all electric appliances and a community rooftop large enough to have great get-togethers in the summer. The rooftop overlooks the entire city of Mt. Rainier including the local library, stores, and restaurants, and well as the metro circle. Mt. Rainier even has its own bus that runs to the local metro station (Rhode Island Avenue Metro). No pets are aloud in the complex, but you can always adopt a plant!
Housing Initiative Partnership’s artist housing in Mt. Rainier, MD has limited availability and there is a lengthy application process to verify your income, validity as an artist, and references. Prices vary and are based on your annual income.
Visit www.HIPhomes.org for more information on how to apply for an apartment.