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2022-23 Oversight Testimony: District of Columbia Housing Authority

March 2, 2023

Children’s Law Center Policy Attorney Makenna Osborn testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Housing about the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).

Children’s Law Center works with hundreds of families who are referred to us each year when medications cannot control a child’s asthma because the mold and/or pest infestations in the family’s home are so significant that they must bring their children to the emergency room to be treated. Many of these families reside in DCHA properties or receive permanent housing vouchers administered by DCHA.

Makenna spoke to the issues that Children’s Law Center attorneys and clients have direct experience with: the horrendous conditions in DCHA public housing and the high number of unutilized local housing vouchers.