Building Power around Public Housing
WIN leaders are deepening relationships with our neighbors in DC public housing across the District to ensure ALL resident voices are heard and that the DCHA (District of Columbia Housing Authority) remains accountable to residents. WIN is organizing to ensure public housing properties across the District can voice and act on their concerns from lead and mold remediation to maintaining affordability.
RAD Done Right
Public Housing has been chronically underfunded year after year. In 2012, Congress created the RAD program (Rental Assistance Demonstration) with the hopes of allowing public housing authorities to work with partners who want to invest in building improvements. Alongside public housing residents, WIN leaders have researched the ways this program can succeed and the ways it can fail. We are organizing to keep residents centered in the decision-making process, build first where possible, address ongoing maintenance issues, and prevent displacement.
Public Housing and RAD Done Right We want to see renovated and updated public housing where our neighbors can live in dignity without being displaced. WIN is organizing to ensure public housing properties across the District can voice and act on their concerns from lead and mold remediation to maintaining affordability and build first.
WIN is organizing for the renovation of public housing so people can live in dignity without displacement. Specifically for:
- Commitment to working with WIN and residents in Benning Terrace, Hopkins, Judiciary House, Langston, Potomac Gardens Senior, and Family and Districtwide around their specific resident-led priorities and visions for repairs, renovations, and redevelopment.
- Redevelopment and renovation to INCREASE and never DECREASE the number of affordable units. 1:1 replacement should mean replacement in-kind so that a three-bedroom unit replaces a three-bedroom unit. If an accessible unit is destroyed, then this unit should be replaced with an accessible unit.
- Build First to minimize displacement of residents. Too often, the promise of redevelopment has led to displacement. New units should be built first before residents have to relocate.