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Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority Tyrone Garrett demonstrated how the authority’s portfolio is suffering from the decline in federal capital funds in a recent news story which aired on WUSA 9.

The report focuses on DCHA's aging properties that are in urgent need of repair, including the recent interim controls on lead paint at Park Morton which requires residents to move out for a week for work to occur. It also outlines the reductions in federal funding for necessary capital repairs. 

Garrett is quoted as saying, “There are no more Band-Aids that we can put on our buildings."

He then explains the transformation he is leading of DCHA's portfolio to put a strategic focus on long-term rehabilitation and redevelopment that will involve moving residents to other areas of D.C. while work is being done.

'Now we're in the position where the only thing we possibly can do is to look to do large initiatives such as relocate residents and begin to redevelop," Garrett said. "I empathize with residents because I know it's going to be difficult once we get into some of this. This is possibly a sea change for some people, but for me it's a natural evolution of the organization itself."

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