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The District of Columbia Housing Authority, one of the largest landowners in the District of Columbia, announced the expansion of its Office of Capital Program with the hires of Darrell Davis and Alexander Morris, who between them have 45 years in the field of real estate.

“Since I have arrived at DCHA I have worked to change how this agency does business in order to demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and accountability in our important work to benefit our customers,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “I am pleased to welcome both of these well respected and highly effective housing executives to our team. With their help, we will continue on our mission to providing the much needed quality and safe affordable housing to the District.”

The Office of Capital Programs is responsible for the planning, budgeting, design, construction, and mechanical operations of DCHA’s new construction projects, as well as its current portfolio.

DCHA’s new Chief of Planning, Design, and Construction Alexander Morris was formerly a senior associate and project manager at the Philadelphia offices of Wallace, Roberts & Todd, an urban planning, urban design, and architecture firm, which he joined in 2003. Some of his featured projects include several redevelopments of former public housing sites into mixed-income properties. For example, the Hartford Westbrook Master Plan in Connecticut, designed to Passive House standards, and Meridian Commons, a transit-oriented development.

"I have spent the past 15 years of my professional career planning, designing, and building affordable and mixed-income housing developments on behalf of housing authorities and private developers. It is a thrill to be able to bring my private-sector experience to the D.C. Housing Authority as we work to bring the housing portfolio into a state of good repair and to increase affordable housing opportunities in the District," said Morris, who also has worked on projects in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Japan since his career began in 1994.

Davis takes the helm as Chief Development Officer after serving in the same position for nearly two years at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. There he worked on two CHOICE grants where he and his team were responsible for creating total community transformation in areas that had experience decades of civic disinvestment. He also worked with a strong advocate community to devise creative approaches that were financially feasible and well as pleasing to the community.

“Having grown up in public housing and being the benefactor of an agency that took a creative approach to public housing, I wanted to contribute to an agency that was making the same commitment to the future of its residents,” said Davis, who has a total of 20 years of experience in real estate and architecture in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, including the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

 

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