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NoMa Groundbreaking and increased VASH vouchers are among DCHA’s accomplishments

The District of Columbia Housing Authority is providing more than $17 million in housing subsidy for the new John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. This is one of many efforts DCHA provides to veterans in the District.

DCHA was among the team of city, housing, and business leaders on November 10 that broke ground on the 124-unit, mixed-income property that will provide housing and services for formerly homeless veterans. DCHA secured 60 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) and 17 Local Rent Supplement Program vouchers for the $33 million building that will be located at 1005 North Capitol Street, N.E.

“I am proud to say DCHA continues to make sure veterans can call Washington, D.C. home,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “Thanks to our subsidy, our veterans can live here, on this street, in this town, at this time.”

In addition to helping create new affordable housing for veterans in the District, DCHA is working to help veterans stay housed and improve their quality of life. More than 500 veterans attended DCHA’s Veterans Appreciation Day on November 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In addition to receiving information on assistance for housing, rent, bills, and moving costs, veterans were able to seek employment, health benefits, and other supportive services.

One highlight of the day was the way the authority helped one grateful soldier at the event.

Christopher Sneed, 28, retired from the U.S. Army in March. He and his family moved from North Carolina, where he was raised and later stationed, to his birthplace, Washington, D.C.

“I thought I’d come back and try to help people,” Sneed said. “I didn’t know I’d need help.”

Using his G.I. Bill, Sneed has been attending the University of Maryland, studying criminal justice. However, finding a job has not been easy. Finding affordable housing was even more difficult.

The Office of Veterans Affairs and DCHA worked together to quickly find a suitable apartment in the District for Sneed, his wife and young daughter. A tearful landlord presented the Sneed family with keys to their new home.

“Since 2008, we have awarded nearly 900 VASH program vouchers and administered an award-winning program that is a national model for housing homeless veterans,” Todman said. “We are also one of the agencies involved in the Veterans NOW initiative, which is working to end veteran homelessness in the District by 2015, following a nationwide goal.”

In addition to the increased vouchers, DCHA also helped to open a community center within one of it affordable housing sites which houses female veterans, Fendall Heights; and held an annual job and housing fair.

DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman speaks at the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence Groundbreaking.
DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman speaks at the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence Groundbreaking.
Last modified: 12/30/2014 4:54:40 PM