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The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s (DCHA) redevelopment program is helping to create thriving communities by building and revitalizing affordable and market-rate housing throughout the city.

DCHA has formed partnerships with public agencies, the federal government and private investors to develop vital new neighborhoods. With DCHA homes as the centerpiece of the community, new schools, recreation centers, transportation services, and retail and office space soon follow bringing new life to once blighted areas of the city.

In the last five years, more than 21 projects have been initiated or completed. Ultimately these development projects will create nearly 5,000 new units of high quality housing and 3000 subsidized rental units, as well as bring first-time home ownership to more than 1200 low- and moderate-income families.

DCHA’s development projects have grown substantially in the last decade, to bring more than $2 billion of redevelopment activity to the city — and economic development that has generated nearly 1,200 jobs for low-income residents. In 1996, there were just 2,400 properties in DCHA’s development portfolio — today there are nearly 4,000.

HOPE VI is authority’s most ambitious development program and a model for the nation. DCHA has received more than $182 million in competitive grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and leverage this into more than $1.5 billion with additional public and private resources. Seven HOPE VI projects have been completed or are under construction — bringing low- and moderate-income and market rate housing to once neglected areas of the city.

Other critical development projects underway include large-scale rehabilitation of older rental properties, revitalization of units for home ownership opportunities, as well as the development of new properties through unique land-exchanges with non-profit organizations.

Last modified: 6/5/2012 11:09:27 AM