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Special Initiatives

Special initiatives have been launched to further advance the mission of producing and preserving affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods.

  • In 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser created a Housing Preservation Strike Force to respond to concerns about preserving existing affordable housing that was at risk. It was an 18-member team, chaired by DHCD Director Polly Donaldson, and comprised of District housing experts and selected stakeholders from the public. In November 2016, it issued a report with six recommendations on how to preserve affordable housing stock in the District.
  • Vacant to Vibrant DC: This five-step action plan, launched by Mayor Bowser in December 2017, details how the balance of DHCD’s vacant property inventory will be transformed into vibrant and productive solutions, such as workforce housing and creative green space, and spur economic development.
  • Limited-Equity Cooperative Task Force: Created by a May 2018 law to provide the District of Columbia Council with policy recommendations on how the District can help in the formation of new limited-equity cooperatives (LECs) and help existing LECs succeed.