District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett presented the next steps in creating a Comprehensive Portfolio Repositioning Plan to the public.

“The only way you create a solution for this is to have leadership and a vision,” said Garrett to the public at the DCHA Board of Commissioners meeting on March 13.

 Garrett said the strategy will describe how the agency will address the backlog of capital needs and preserve or develop new affordable housing for existing DCHA customers. Garrett said the strategy will outline how the agency will address at least 2,400 housing units, over the next 24 months. It will also tie in a human capital component to add to the investment in the community.

“Our direct priority is those 2,400 units so we can ensure our residents are in safe places,” he said.

In addition, a 20-year plan would be developed to touch every building within the portfolio. That plan, he said, would be reevaluated every year to make sure it meets the communities’ needs.

Garrett said the proposed federal budget for housing authorities was cut again and the authority “needs to find and create new funding opportunities” to create and maintain its public housing stock.

“We can’t keep going to a dry well and hope something is going to spring up,” he said.

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