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“Aiming High to Achieve Capacity Building During Tough Economic Times” was the theme for a two-day summit sponsored by the District of Columbia Housing Authority and their resident-led City-Wide Advisory Board (CWAB). The event, held at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Hotel, welcomed more than 100 resident leaders from public housing authorities across the east coast states to share best practices to empower residents and promote health equality, self-sufficiency and advocacy for affordable housing. 

The event opened with Dr. Chandra Gill, President and CEO of Blackademically Speaking, a corporation dedicated to motivating and educating America’s youth. The two-day event hosted 11 panels with topics including health and wellness, civic responsibility, assisting special needs residents, grant and resource development, working with the youth and harnessing tools to maximize financial empowerment through self-help initiatives. Attendees were also given the chance to visit four DCHA redeveloped communities.

Public housing is home to three million working families, seniors, and people with disabilities nationwide. It is also a multi-billion dollar asset that plays a crucial role in providing affordable housing and driving community revitalization.

“Today, more than any other time, a collective housing authority voice is needed at both the local and federal level,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “Well informed and knowledgeable resident leaders must speak up on the pressing issues such as how we can continue to provide quality housing and necessary services in the midst of a tough economy.”

Resident leaders in public and assisted housing work hand-in-hand with housing authorities to empower residents to develop strong families and healthy communities. In today’s tough economic times and unsettled political atmosphere, resident leaders are meeting to exchange best practices and explore solutions to the pressing issues affecting residents.

“Resident leadership is demanding, serious work that required both accountability and commitment,” said CWAB Vice-Chair and DCHA Commissioner-Elect Kenneth D. Council. “We must work as a team to see positive outcomes.”

Dr. Chandra Gill, President and CEO of Blackademically, started of the summit with strong words of encouragement for attendees.
Dr. Chandra Gill, President and CEO of Blackademically, started of the summit with strong words of encouragement for attendees.
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