The District of Columbia Housing Authority has finalized the plans for initiatives it will undertake in fiscal year 2017.
The Board of Commissioners recently approved the agency’s 14th Moving to Work (MTW) plan. DCHA is one of 39 public housing authorities that is part of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s program. Being an MTW agency allows DCHA to use its budget to pursue innovative, locally-designed strategies that increase housing choices, use funds more efficiently, and help customers become self-sufficient.
“The Moving to Work plan is a policy roadmap for the next fiscal year,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “This year our goal is to really focus in on our existing initiatives to help each of our customers be successful in their lives.”
The agency has more than 30 initiatives in its MTW plan to support several strategic goals.
DCHA’s programs for self-sufficiency are key elements from the MTW plan. Our homeownership programs for both voucher and public housing customers are also key parts of the plan. Other initiatives include the enhanced programming at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center, increasing the presence of community navigators at public housing communities, and targeted programs that encourage customers to participate in programs that lead to their success.
The MTW plan also focuses on preserving and producing affordable housing in the District. In addition to the 100 new federally-funded affordable housing units DCHA expects to bring on by early next year, DCHA will use its MTW authority to ensure that its voucher program remains competitive in the District’s tight rental market, and continue to streamline its business protocols with over 4,000 local landlords.