Posts Tagged ‘public housing’

A Year After Closing Waiting List, Housing Authority Begins Its Purge

Slightly more than a year ago, in April 2013, the D.C. Housing Authority bowed to reality and closed its waiting list for people seeking housing assistance. In practice, housing assistance—in the form of housing subsidy vouchers or placement into public housing—was already off limits to people not already on the list, which had extended beyond 72,000 names. [...]

Why Is Overhauling the Park Morton Public Housing Complex So Difficult?

Last week, I met Adrianne Todman for an activity she wouldn’t have advised 10 or 15 years ago: a walk around the Park Morton public-housing complex in the Park View neighborhood, just off Georgia Avenue NW.
“Park was a tough, tough site,” recalls Todman, the executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority. “I would not have [...]

Barry Farm Developers Plan for Around 1,500 Housing Units

The Barry Farm public housing complex near Anacostia could soon be transformed into a mixed-income community with more than 1,500 housing units, if the team seeking to redevelop the site is able to realize the plans it submitted last week.
It's a big "if." Barry Farm is among the public housing projects the city is trying [...]

City’s Public Housing Faces $1.3 Billion Shortfall

The D.C. Housing Authority would need an additional $1.3 billion to bring the city's public housing stock up to date, according to DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman—a major impediment to the modernization of D.C.'s public housing that helps explain why key projects have stalled.
Testifying this afternoon at a D.C. Council oversight hearing that featured many public [...]

All the D.C. Maps You’ll Ever Need

You could spend hours playing with the recently upgraded D.C. Geographic Information System. Having done so myself, I'll save you the trouble. Here, in no particular order, are a few dozen maps of the geography of all sorts of city features you never even considered, plus a few you may actually have been curious about. [...]

Greenleaf Redevelopment Could Be Delayed as D.C. Misses Cut on Planning Grant

In May, the D.C. Housing Authority applied for a federal planning grant to begin the process of redeveloping the Greenleaf public housing complex that occupies four blocks near the Waterfront Metro station. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the nine winners of the 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants—and D.C. wasn't among [...]

The Lessons of Temple Courts

The Washington Post's Robert Samuels has a great in-depth story today on the years-long screw-up that's turned a low-income housing complex into a semi-permanent parking lot. In 2008, Temple Courts, on North Capitol Street between K and L streets NW, was demolished to make way for a planned mixed-use, mixed-income development on the increasingly valuable [...]

Housing Authority Seeks Grant to Plan Redevelopment of Southwest’s Greenleaf

Tonight is Barry Farm take two: Three weeks after an attempted D.C. Housing Authority meeting with residents of the Ward 8 public housing complex about possible plans for its redevelopment was called off amid incessant protests, the Housing Authority is taking another stab at it. This time, the meeting is residents-only—an effort to keep out [...]

More Fireworks Ahead of Next Barry Farm Meeting

Two weeks ago, the D.C. Housing Authority attempted to hold a meeting to allow would-be redevelopers of the Barry Farm public housing complex near Anacostia to present their proposals to residents. No such luck. Just as the first developer began speaking, a group of protesters led by the group Empower DC shouted him down with [...]

Sorry, We’re Closed: Housing Authority Wait List Is Suspended

This morning, a crowd gathered outside the D.C. Housing Authority to protest a change that is really only symbolic.
Today marks the official suspension of the DCHA's waiting list for housing assistance. Practically speaking, though, the list has been closed for some time: It's around 70,000 names long, and low-income residents who joined recently may have [...]

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