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The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners honored Robert Pohlman at their October meeting for his work to save affordable housing.

Pohlman is retiring as the executive director of the Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development.

“Bob Pohlman has been not only a friend to the Housing Authority, but a champion advocate,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman at the Wednesday, October 8 meeting. “He understands what we do…He knows this city inside and out.”

Pohlman organized one of the most successful citywide housing advocacy movements for funding the Housing Production Trust Fund in 2002. The fund invested more than $400 million to help finance the production of more than 9,000 affordable homes for D.C. residents.

“What Bob has brought to all of us is a refined way to think about affordable housing,” Todman said. “Bob Pohlman was all about affordable housing before a lot of people in this city cared.”

Pohlman began his career in D.C. finance and served as Deputy Mayor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He went on to chair the Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission; was a member of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force; the District’s Tax Revision Commission; the DCHA Advisory Committee; and was appointed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray to the Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board.

“Really this is all about working together for the common good,” said Pohlman, as he accepted the board’s proclamation. “You really are a central part of affordable housing. Thank you so much,” he said to the board.

Board Chairman Pedro Alfonso called Pohlman a member of the DCHA and the community’s family. He said, “Hopefully, you’ll be providing your replacement with some of that knowledge of yours. You have had so much to offer – not only affordable housing – to the city over the years.”

Robert Pohlman (third from left) is honored by DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman (fourth from left), Board Chairman Pedro Alfonson (second from left) and the Board of Commissioners.
Robert Pohlman (third from left) is honored by DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman (fourth from left), Board Chairman Pedro Alfonson (second from left) and the Board of Commissioners.
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