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2023-24 Oversight Testimony: District of Columbia Housing Authority

February 22, 2024

Children’s Law Center Policy Attorney Makenna Osborn testified today at the Committe on Housing performance oversight hearing for the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).

There are many issues with the way DCHA operates and Children’s Law Center shares the concerns raised by the public housing residents, voucher holders and other housing advocates including resident displacement due to stalled redevelopment projects and privatization and problems with DCHA’s reasonable accommodations process for residents with disabilities. Our testimony focuses on 1) the harmful conditions in public housing that DCHA is failing to address, 2) the administrative delays in voucher utilization preventing District residents from securing stable housing, and 3) DCHA’s chronic lack of responsiveness.