Understanding How Public Housing Is Funded… It’s Harder Than You’d Think

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Emily McDonald is a graduate student in the sociology department of George Mason University. She has been a volunteer intern for Grassroots DC since May 2016. THE FIGHT FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN 2016 In my time with Grassroots DC, I was given the underestimated task of tracking DCHA’s budget from the founding of Potomac Gardens on Capitol Hill […] . . . → Read More: Understanding How Public Housing Is Funded… It’s Harder Than You’d Think

Proposed Bill to Fund DC Public Housing Repairs Raises Concerns

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The Public Housing Operating Fund—the main source of revenue for public housing maintenance and repairs–pays for only 86% of the items in HUD’s budget. It looks as though the D.C. City Council may at long last be trying to make up the difference with the Public Housing Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2016. The problem that those who advocate on behalf of public housing have with the bill is that it won’t pay for maintenance if the housing is slated for redevelopment. So if you live in Barry Farm, Kenilworth Courts, Park Morton, Highland Dwellings or Lincoln Heights–all properties scheduled for eventual redevelopment–you’re out of luck. . . . → Read More: Proposed Bill to Fund DC Public Housing Repairs Raises Concerns

Potomac Gardens Gets New Playground… At Last

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Last week’s post A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Children made clear that the playground at the Potomac Gardens public housing complex had seen better days. The children who live in Potomac Gardens had stopped using it and their parents wanted it replaced. But the owners of the property, the District of […] . . . → Read More: Potomac Gardens Gets New Playground… At Last

A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Kids

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Below are images of the playground on the Potomac Gardens public housing complex as it was when Grassroots DC was founded and moved onto the property back in 2013. Broken down and missing safety rails, is the playground at Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex safe? How do public housing communities fix these issues? The state of […] . . . → Read More: A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Kids

Potomac Gardens Inside and Out: A Community-Driven Documentary In Progress

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In January 2014, a randomly selected group of Potomac Gardens’ and Capitol Hill residents who live in the townhouses and market-rate apartments and condominiums surrounding Potomac Gardens found the following letter in their mailbox or attached to their door. Hello Neighbor- As a resident of Potomac Gardens and/or Capitol Hill, your opinions about the community […] . . . → Read More: Potomac Gardens Inside and Out: A Community-Driven Documentary In Progress