CID Leadership Talks Importance of “Grandfamilies” During High-Profile Event & Report Release at Plaza West

Thursday November 14, 2019

Across the United States, more than 2.65 million children live in “grandfamilies”—families in which grandparents, or other adult family members or close family friends, are raising children with no parents in the home. Which makes it even more special that Mount Vernon Triangle is home to Plaza West: a 50-unit development opened in 2019 to provide affordable housing and supportive services to grandfamilies in the District of Columbia, which itself is only one of nine cities nationwide to have a residential grandfamilies program.

On Wednesday, November 13, Plaza West served as the backdrop for Generations United’s release of its “State of Grandfamilies 2019” report. Generations United is a nationally recognized leader in the effort to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs.

During his keynote remarks, MVT CID President & CEO Kenyattah Robinson further reinforced Plaza West’s importance to fulfilling the organization’s vision for a dynamic, diverse and inclusive neighborhood in the heart of DC. As he stated: “Plaza West helps to solidify MVT CID’s value as an organization, and standing as a neighborhood, where everyone – from our newest residents to those with deep, longstanding ties to the community – is able to have a safe and affordable place that they can truly call home.”