Genesis is a small, intergenerational community in Washington, DC, consisting of 27 affordable apartments for seniors, for young families transitioning out of foster care, and for other families. At Genesis, neighbors commit to supporting each other and the community. Everyone has value and everyone contributes, whatever their talents.
A Different Kind of Community
At Genesis, residents of all ages actively participate in community events and activities designed to cultivate strong, interpersonal relationships and mutual support. It's a different kind of community, whose members come from three primary groups:
- active, service-minded seniors - singles, couples, and larger households
- young families transitioning from foster care, and
- other families interested in living in a supportive community.
Genesis neighbors regularly come together for large events like community dinners in the assembly space on the first floor and smaller activities like tutoring or occasional art classes in the ground floor activity rooms. On-site staff are on hand to facilitate the community capacity and connections that allow every neighbor to make a difference, and make Genesis a good place to call home.
Other intergenerational communities similar to Genesis already exist around the country. The first one, Hope Meadows in Illinois, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Genesis will be the first community in Washington, DC, to be based on the Generations of Hope Community model pioneered at Hope Meadows.
A team effort
Mi Casa, Inc., a DC-based affordable housing developer, developed Genesis through a collaboration with a select group of partners:
- DC Child and Family Services Agency
- DC Office on Aging
- DC Department of Housing and Community Development
- Generations of Hope
- Latin American Youth Center
- Vida Senior Centers
Living at Genesis comes with specific responsibilities. Here are some you should know about:
- Each resident is expected to support their neighbors by committing to a set number of hours of community participation.
- Community participation is time spent helping neighbors with a task or errand, participating in community events, or simply being there when a fellow community member needs a helping hand or someone willing to listen.
- Seniors provide the foundation for Genesis. They're required to commit to 100 hours of community participation every quarter or approximately 7-8 hours a week. Non-senior adults are responsible for 50 hours every quarter.
- Monthly rent at Genesis is based upon income and apartment size and residents are responsible for their own utilities and cable.
Contact us to request a phone conversation or email response on a particular topic. And download Genesis Q&A for practical details and answers to questions about life in the community.download Genesis Q&A
Genesis is for people who are interested in making a difference.
If you’re willing to lend a hand to a neighbor – and receive one in return – Genesis could be a good fit.
Resident recruitment is now underway. Applications are currently being received and reviewed on a rolling basis for applicants who meet specific income and service requirements.