The District of Columbia Housing Authority along with its development partners met with Barry Farm residents to help them take steps towards the next stage of the site’s redevelopment.
DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman kicked off the meeting on Tuesday by stating that vouchers will be available for Barry Farm residents following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval of the demolition application.
“We are here to help you use your voucher successfully in the private market,” Todman said.
She continued, “The fact that you already live in public housing will suggest to me, without knowing what else you are doing, that you are eligible for a voucher.”
While moving the households from the public housing program to the voucher program does require DCHA to ask for income, legal status, and criminal activity, it is all the same information from the public housing program, she said. Therefore, many of these transfers can be seamless and less cumbersome for customers.
“For those of you who use the voucher successfully in the private market and want to come back to the new units, you can make that choice,” Todman said. “You make the best choice for your family.”
The Barry Farm residents in attendance then worked in smaller groups to learn how to overcome obstacles when using a voucher and what resources are available to them now to help them prepare.
The meeting is the first of several to be held this summer for Barry Farm residents that will speak to a direct issue, such as job training or homeownership.