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 The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) today announced the receipt of another grant to continue making strides in the redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods in the city. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded DCHA a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan for Barry Farm and Wade Apartments.

“This is a step forward for our ongoing efforts to improve and increase affordable housing—a goal included in my One City Action Plan,” said Mayor Gray. “While we have been collaborating with Ward 8 residents and community leaders for some time on this project, this funding enables us to expand our planning to build a stronger, more sustainable community that will link housing improvements with necessary services for the people who live there – including schools, public transit and employment opportunities.”

“We are very excited about this new opportunity to revitalize another community,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “We feel that our experience and success in bringing life back to distressed communities through the HOPE VI Program has greatly prepared us for this new, innovative program. This will allow DCHA to capitalize on the redevelopment momentum in this section of Ward 8.”

This award marks DCHA’s second Choice Planning Grant for this calendar year, with the first one awarded in January for the Kenilworth-Parkside Neighborhood. Last month DCHA was notified that the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood was designated as a finalist for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for up to $30 million. DCHA has received seven HOPE VI grants from HUD, the second highest tally in the nation. DCHA has leveraged the $181 million in grants into $2 billion in redevelopment across the District.

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