|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||MEDIA CONTACT|
Monday, June 17, 2013
Marcus A. Williams
DHCD Communications Director/Public Information Officer
(P) 202-442-7253 (M) 202-549-4886 (E-mail) [email protected]
Washington, DC – Following-up to the Fifth Annual DC Housing Expo, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be holding its public hearing for the two DC residents who were selected to purchase two newly renovated homes at 50% the appraised value.
DC residents Christina Brown and George Adeoye-Jumbo were literally floored when they heard their names announced just over a week ago. George has a family of five and is currently living in an apartment in Anacostia. When he heard his name announced he dropped to his knees, threw his hands in the air and gave praise. When Christina heard her name called she clutched her infant in her arms, turned cherry red in the face and cried uncontrollably.
As required by law, DHCD Director Kelly is officiating the public hearing to notify the public of the disposal of the properties, hear any oppositions from the public and congratulate the residents on their final step before settlement.
“These are the moments that make what we do worth it – allotting $100M for development and breaking ground on construction is great – but to see the impact it has on the lives of our residents and to imagine how it will change the lives of their children for years to come gives what we do tangible meaning,” said DHCD Communications Director/Public Information Officer Marcus A. Williams.
What: DHCD Housing Lottery Public Hearing
Who: DHCD Director Michael Kelly, Housing Lottery Winners (Christina Brown and George Adeoye-Jumbo)
When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30pm (Media Call Time: 6pm)
Where: DHCD Housing Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE (First Floor) Washington, DC 20020
Media seeking interviews with the DHCD Director, DHCD Spokesperson or the Housing Lottery winners should coordinate with the media contact listed above as soon as possible.
The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia.