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DHCD Releases Challenge Grant Progress Report

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Three Year Grant Addresses Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Community Engagement in Anacostia and Congress Heights Neighborhoods

(Washington, DC) – John E. Hall, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), announces the availability of a progress report on efforts to complete activities undertaken as part of the Community Challenge Planning Grant.

The grant, awarded competitively by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funds a three-year, comprehensive community development effort in targeted geographic areas that include portions of the Fairlawn, Anacostia, Barry Farm, and Congress Heights neighborhoods in the District of Columbia’s Ward 8.

The District has matched the $3 million grant and will use the assets to perform an array of affordable housing, economic development and community engagement activities that will be carried out in partnership with DHCD, the DC Office of Planning and several local nonprofit organizations.

The report provides an update on the agency’s activities to acquire blighted properties, provide existing small businesses with technical assistance, and engage residents for input on the planning process and ensuing redevelopment through community summits.

The Community Challenge Planning Grant Overview and Progress Report is available for download below, and is available at the DHCD Housing Resource Center, located at 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE (1st Floor).