The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the agency to receive $13 million for predevelopment activities at Barry Farm. Payments from D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will be tied to milestones within the redevelopment’s progression and expenditures will be reviewed.
DCHA Board of Commissioners Chairman Terri Thompson said, “After months of deliberation and serious review, the board has approved the receipt of funding from DMPED for the continued planning, family case management, and other activities that will inform our process moving forward. I am proud to work with DMPED so we can keep our promise of delivering opportunity-rich, affordable housing to our customers."
The predevelopment funds will be used to begin planning and design for the first phase of the redevelopment. The first phase will include 170 replacement public housing units, 274 affordable units for families making 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), and 102 for sale units, some of which will be dedicated affordable. In Washington, D.C. the AMI for a family of four is $109,200
The funding will be used for three things: hiring Housing Opportunities Unlimited, planning for public infrastructure, and to begin designing the first development phase.
Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) will open an onsite office to assist Barry Farm families. They will meet with all Barry Farm families to determine each family’s future needs. HOU staff will participate in regular Barry Farm resident meetings to consult on and finalize the relocation plan. They will also be a great resource for other programs in the city that may interest Barry Farm families. The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative team will continue to be onsite as well.
Planning for public infrastructure allows the development team to prepare information on where new streets, electricity, and water, for example, can be placed. This work will inform DCHA and DMPED and prepare for future site work.
Lastly, DCHA and DMPED will work with the families and the development team in community meetings to gather resident input to begin design work of the first development phase. Taking that input, architects will sketch out idea on what the buildings and landscapes in the first phase will look like. This work will lead into the final steps for zoning approval.