Posts Tagged ‘public housing’

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 [...]

DCHA to Close Waiting List for Public Housing

The D.C. Housing Authority is making it official: If you're hoping to apply for public housing, you're out of luck.
Bread for the City reports that DCHA will close its waiting list for public housing indefinitely by the end of the year. Practically speaking, the move doesn't actually change much. The waiting list for the city's [...]

Housing Authority Chief on Attitudes Toward Public Housing

I included some of D.C. Housing Authority director Adrianne Todman's comments about moving people through the system over the last couple of days. Here's a bit more from our conversation.
Federal funds for public housing have steadily decreased over the last several years, and the next budget looks not much better. At the same time, politicians [...]

Will Potomac Gardens Ever Be Redeveloped?

My column this week deals with the fence around Potomac Gardens, which doesn't seem to fit in an neighborhood where crime is nothing compared to what it was in the 1990s. But I didn't have space to go into the larger anachronism: The existence of a huge, solid block of concentrated poverty in the middle [...]

D.C.’s Answer to Harlem Children’s Zone Ready to Break Ground

On Tuesday, the city's top brass, and a collection of philanthropists and non-profits, will break ground on a 32,000-square-foot facility in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of Ward 7 that will provide early childhood education services to an area where 72 percent of households are headed by single mothers.
But the Educare building, as it's known, is much [...]

What’s in a Fence? At Potomac Gardens, It Doesn’t Matter What Side You’re On

There's been a lot of acrimony around Potomac Gardens in recent months. Besides the low drumbeat of crime and drug busts around the public housing complex near the Potomac Metro station, an attack in November that broke a woman's jaw as she was walking with groceries provoked an outpouring of outrage from the surrounding community.
At [...]

Public Housing Residents Told to Just Say No

Several months ago, I wrote about discomfort at Ward 8’s Highland Dwellings public housing complex over a phased relocation and renovation accelerated by the federal government’s stimulus timetable. Time for some follow up. By now, the first phase and half of the second couple of phases have been relocated, and construction is scheduled to start [...]

Housing Authority Director Chats with Highland Dweller

A couple weeks ago, we looked at all the confusion surrounding renovations at Highland Dwellings, a public housing project near the Maryland border in Ward 8. Yesterday, WPFW's Pete Tucker aired a conversation between D.C. Housing Authority interim director Adrianne Todman and Schyla Pondexter-Moore, a skeptical resident. I've transcribed chunks of the conversation that illustrate [...]

Overstimulated: Federal funds mean things are moving fast at Highland Dwellings.

On a Friday evening in late July, a small group of residents gathered around a white sheet taped to the side of Ferebee-Hope Elementary School in Washington Highlands, straining to hear the faint soundtrack of a film projected from a laptop. The audience’s intense concentration didn’t just come from the low volume, however. The balmy [...]