The D.C. Building Industry Association was honored by the D.C. Housing Authority for its longstanding commitment to DCHA’s communities.

For more than two years, DCBIA has partnered with DCHA to beautify, renovate, and uplift DCHA communities in ways that include creating an urban farm to hosting a holiday party at one of our largest properties. DCBIA is a non-profit organization comprised of 500 members from the real estate and development industries--including architects, utility companies, real estate brokers, and more--that advocates for the industry and builds their members’ capacity. DCBIA also partners with other groups on civic engagement projects citywide.

“But truly during her current tenure [DCBIA’s] Lisa Mallory has become part of the housing authority family, particularly for the youth at Benning Terrace,” DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman said when presenting Mallory with the award. “It is rare we have someone sustain a relationship with our communities for years.”

Since 2015, DCBIA has partnered with DCHA to support nearly 400 Benning Terrace families by hosting a yearly Holiday Care & Share event in December that features face-painting, gift giving, and great food. In 2016, the organization also completed the first phase of a major renovation of the 60-year-old Benning Terrace Recreation Center. The work included a new kitchen, game and storage areas, painting, renovated stairways, and landscaping as part of its annual Community Improvement Day. 

This fall, when DCHA finishes upgrading the stormwater system,  DCBIA will hold another Community Improvement Day to complete the job. DCBIA’s volunteers will focus on an outdoor portion of the renovation by installing a walking path, enhanced basketball courts and play areas, landscaping, and improved spaces next to the existing football field. Once finished, the Benning Terrace community will have a significantly enhanced recreation and outdoor space for play and exercise by residents of all ages.

“I’m so honored to receive this award on behalf of DCBIA,” said Lisa Mallory, CEO. “Each year, DCBIA mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to build or renovate a community asset. Partnering with Adrianne Todman and the D.C. Housing Authority for the past two years has been rewarding for us and we can’t wait to return in the fall after the stormwater work is complete to have an even greater impact on the families of Benning Terrace.”

DCBIA also provided nearly $1 million and 1,000 volunteers, while partnering with approximately 15 local and federal partners to create D.C.’s largest urban farm in the city. The urban farm sits on DCHA land within the Capitol Gateway development and is run by the University of the District of Columbia.




Last modified: 5/3/2017 2:45:52 PM