In 1992, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched HOPE VI — Congress’ bold experiment to reengineer America’s crumbling public housing system. HOPE VI is a competitive grants program open to housing authorities across the nation. Since it began, more than $6 billion has been awarded in HOPE VI grants to revitalized public housing in the U.S.

In the last 16 years, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has received seven Hope VI grants and today the city’s redevelopment program is among the nation’s largest and most successful.

DCHA has leveraged the $182 million it has received in HOPE VI grants more than $1.5 billion through innovative public-private partnerships. And a visionary plan to build homes and vital communities has become reality.

DCHA has created award-winning mixed-income neighborhoods where the city’s most distressed public housing projects once stood. Condominium homes, townhouses, senior apartment facilities and luxury single-family homes are helping to transform the nation’s capital.

Each venture has benefited from the collaborative input of varied perspectives from residents, the D.C. government, non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations. Each brings together affordable and market-rate housing for rent and sale, which sparks neighborhood revitalization.

To ensure success, every HOPE VI project plan includes a Community and Supportive Services Program (CSSP) to meet the needs of the families affected by redevelopment. The goal of the HOPE VI CSSP is to provide public housing residents with support networks and resources that are vital in the progression from dependency to self-sufficiency. The CSSP addresses social and economic concerns in areas of housing, employment, education, health, financial literacy and small business development. The result is livable new communities rich in diversity and economic and social resources.

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