Barry Farm: Updates

New Communities: Right to Return


In March 2016 the DC Housing Authority Board passed Resolution 16-06 to set a relocation and right to return policy for properties redeveloped under NCI.  The policy sought to clarify questions about who has a right to return, and establish guidance ensuring that residents who are eligible to live in public housing will also be eligible for units in the new developments without additional barriers to entry.


  • You have a have right to return to a new NCI unit:
    • At Barry Farm if you lived at Barry Farm at any time on or after October 12, 2012.
    • At Park Morton if you lived at Park Morton at any time on or after November 1, 2014.
    • At Northwest One if you lived at Temple Courts or Golden Rule when they were demolished.
    • (The right to return date has yet to be determined for Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings since the master developer has not been selected and no portion of the onsite has been demolished.)
  • You have a right to return to a unit that fits your family size, which will be determined by who is on your lease at the time of return.
  • Residents and other community stakeholders will decide through community processes in each neighborhood which households will be offered units first, second, and so on in the new developments.


  • Your right to return lasts until you move into a new NCI unit. After that, any moves would be treated like any other transfer within public housing and subject to availability.
  • All projects will be redeveloped in phases, and you do not lose your right to return if you are offered a unit in an early phase and you do not take it.
  • You keep your right to return until all units in all phases are built.


Criteria to return to a new unit has to be the same or less than DCHA’s current rules for the following:

  • Work Requirements – DCHA has no work requirements.
  • Service Requirements – DCHA requires 8 hours per month of community service or 8 hours participation in an economic self-sufficiency program. Residents who are elderly, disabled, caretaker of an elderly/disabled resident, or working are exempt.
  • Criminal Background – DCHA does not accept applicants with 1) a felony conviction within the last 5 years; 2) a conviction for manufacturing methamphetamines; and/or 3) current requirement to register on the National Sex Offender Registry. DCHA may make exceptions for felony convictions on a case by case basis.
  • Credit Screening – DCHA has no minimum credit score to meet, but does review applicants’ past rental history.
  • Drug Screening – DCHA has no drug screening requirements.

The new property manager of the redeveloped units must also follow these guidelines.


DCHA will provide proper notices for any temporary and permanent moves, including but not limited to:

  • A General Information Notice (GIN) to inform you when the redevelopment will require you to move from your unit.
  • A Notice of Relocation Eligibility, which will inform you what relocation assistance you will receive; and
  • A 90-Day Notice to Move, which will tell you the earliest date you have to move from your current unit.

Although households may be offered the opportunity to move to “Build First” units coming online in their neighborhood, no one will be required to move (as a result of a redevelopment effort) until their property receives official HUD approvals for redevelopment.

DCHA Resolution 16-06

Ward 8 Works

On April 8, 2017 NCI partnered with 30+ government, service provider and development partners to launch WARD 8 WORKS with the goal of better connecting Ward 8 residents to construction jobs on Ward 8 development projects that will begin hiring in the next 9 – 18 months. Some 110 residents participated in the event, where they learned about:

  • The development projects that are part of W8W, their hiring timelines and the types of jobs that will be available
  • The partners who are prepared to support participants in becoming job ready
  • What opportunities exist to begin a career in construction, and what it takes to get on that career path
  • The opportunity to join the “W8W Cohort” – who will be prioritized in hiring on W8W development projects

Attendees also had an opportunity to connect with 12 agencies and service providers during the event expo, and use the DOES van, which was stationed outside the event. Event materials are below:

Are you a Ward 8 resident interested in construction work on Ward 8 development projects? Fill out the participant profile. Download and return the completed form to: •or• Click HERE to complete the form online.

NCI Solicitation Opportunity: Building Community Relations

The District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), (the “District”) is seeking a contractor with the professional expertise in building community relations, building up, reinforcing, improving and strengthening New Communities Initiative’s (NCI’s) local and national profile and reputation. The goal of NCI is to build sound NCI policies and improve the programs that promote and support NCI’s vulnerable communities’ population.

Responses are due August 31st, 2016.

Request for Proposals No. DCEB-2016-R-0002



2015 Annual Report Released

The New Communities Initiative is pleased to release it’s 2015 Annual Report , which highlights the  key work and accomplishments of the past year, and provides a snapshot of upcoming milestones for the future. While redevelopment often focuses on the physical elements, or “bricks and mortar,” the 2015 Annual Report showcases the people that  live and work in these communities and help make change happen. In our “Faces of NCI” video gallery, you can hear directly from residents, service providers, and our development partners on how New Communities is making an impact.

CBM Executive Director Retires from Service After 17 Years

George Garrow, Executive Director of Concerned Black Men National has transitioned from his long held leadership position of the 40-year-old men’s organization. Garrow has been the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the national organization since its inception in 1989. As the architect of the CBM National Office and a founding member of the Washington, DC Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Garrow has worked tirelessly to build the capacity of the organization to reach more children and their families in the District of Columbia and where CBM National projects are administered nationwide. The organization looks forward to Garrow’s continued support of CBM National’s mission in the esteemed role of Executive Director Emeritus. To read the full press release, click HERE.

Barry Farm Aquatic Center and The SeVerna on K Ribbon Cuttings

Last December, the New Communities Initiative celebrated two important ribbon cuttings on projects that bring quality affordable housing and recreational opportunities to District residents.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, city officials, community leaders and residents celebrated the opening of the new Barry Farm indoor Aquatic Center in Ward 8. The Barry Farm Aquatic Center is part of the New Communities Initiative, through collaboration with the District of Columbia Housing Authority, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services. The new 8,800 square foot indoor Aquatic Center replaces an outdoor aquatic facility and features a 6-lane, 25-meter, fully ADA-accessible lap pool, a leisure pool with beach entry, and a waterslide.

The Aquatic Center is the first phase of the $26 million Barry Farm Recreation Center renovation project that began in 2013. When completed, the approximately 32,000 square foot  facility will feature an indoor gymnasium with seating for 250 people, a fitness room, computer lab, kitchen, teen room, senior lounge and multipurpose rooms. Outside, there will be a multipurpose field for football, baseball, and soccer, a press box, community gardens,  basketball courts, a playground and below grade parking structure.

The Aquatic Center is free to District residents with proof of ID or DC One Card. The Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30am-8:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. A variety of swimming classes are offered for youth, adults, and seniors, and the full programming schedule can be accessed on the Department of Parks and Recreation website, featured here:

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In addition, on Thursday, December 11, 2014 city officials joined development partners Mission First Housing Group, the Henson Development Company, and members of Bible Way Church, to celebrate the grand opening of The SeVerna on K, a newly constructed 133-unit mixed-income apartment building in Ward 6 in Washington, DC located at 43 K Street NW. The development is an important milestone in the redevelopment of the Northwest One New Community, adding to SeVerna Phase I, and the recently completed 2M Street. The financing for the development involved a number of public and private partners, which included tax exempt bonds issued by the DC Housing Finance Agency, under a private placement structure with Bank of America. The Department of Housing and Community Development provided HOME funding, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development provided $3.6 million in gap funding through the New Communities Initiative. PNC Bank served as the equity investor. The mixed income building includes 48 replacement units set aside for individuals and families previously relocated from the neighborhood under the Northwest One New Communities program.

The SeVerna on K includes studio, one and two bedroom units with underground parking. Amenities include a club room, fitness room, business center, lounge, and roof deck with views of the Capitol. The building incorporates many green design features that will enhance livability for residents. For more information about the property and leasing opportunities, visit

Photo of SeVerna on K

Zoning Commission Approves Proposed Action for Barry Farm Stage Planned Unit Development

On Monday, October 20, 2014, the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia approved the application for the first stage Planned Unit Development (“PUD”) and related zoning map amendment for the Barry Farm redevelopment. The approval by the Zoning Commission will help to implement the New Communities Barry Farm Redevelopment Plan which was approved by the Council of the District of Columbia in December 2006. The PUD / Barry Farm site is generally bounded by Sumner Road to the north, Firth Sterling Avenue to the west, the Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital property to the south, and Wade Road to the east.  The PUD / Barry Farm site is currently developed with the Barry Farm residences (432 public housing row dwellings); Wade Apartments (12 public housing apartment units); and eight vacant lots along Wade Road.  Under the redevelopment plan, the existing Barry Farm and Wade Apartments (a total of 444 units) will be demolished and rebuilt within a vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income community. The new community will consist of approximately 1,400 mixed-income housing units in a variety of housing types and sizes including public housing replacement units, affordable and market rate rental units and for-sale housing. The plan also calls for approximately 50,000 square feet of new retail and services uses to provide for the everyday needs of the residents; extensive new open space and parks; and improved infrastructure including new roads that introduce a new east-west and north-south grid pattern with smaller pedestrian-friendly blocks to improve  circulation and pedestrian connections.

Key elements of the redevelopment plan include:

  • Create a mixed-income community with a variety of housing types, including low- to mid-rise buildings and townhomes, affordable and market-rate rental and homeownership units.
  • Ensure one for one replacement of subsidized housing units either scattered throughout the development parcels and/or in proximate off-site locations.
  • Develop neighborhood-serving retail that does not compete with the commercial corridor on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
  • Create a new grid of residential streets with new east/west connections that eliminate the isolation of the existing neighborhood.
  • Link the development parcels to the Anacostia Metrorail station and Historic Anacostia through improved pedestrian, bicycle and streetcar route connections, and additional new bus routes through the community.
  • Provide a network of open spaces that are designed with community accessibility and security in mind.
  • Utilize sustainable practices (such as LEED-ND) to design the new neighborhood, preserve existing natural site features and minimize the development impact on the environment.
  • Honor the history of the PUD Site through the preservation of street and school names and with the development of a public art or memorial program.
  • Create new development that minimizes the need for parking and specifically for off-street surface parking.

Policy Advisory Report Released

Earlier this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development commissioned a team of affordable housing experts, led by Quadel Consulting,  to examine the New Communities Initiative (NCI) and make recommendations to enhance the program. The final report provides analysis on key lessons learned since the development of NCI, as well as the challenges, opportunities, and solutions to facilitate successful implementation.


Great Streets Notice of Funding Availability: Small Business Capital Improvement Grants

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants beginning on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2014. DMPED will award individual grants of up to a maximum of $85,000 for small business owners to improve their place of business. The grant application will be available on the Great Streets website at beginning on September 9th.

The Great Streets Initiative began in 2006, the same time the New Communities Initiative was established by former Mayor Anthony Williams.  Great Streets is a commercial revitalization initiative to transform emerging corridors throughout the District of Columbia into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. Three New Communities neighborhoods are located near a Great Streets Corridor:

  • Georgia Avenue in Park Morton
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Barry Farm
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Lincoln Heights

New Communities Releases Interactive Maps of NCI Neighborhoods

The New Communities website now features interactive maps for each of the four NCI neighborhoods. Viewers can select maps for each neighborhood, which include separate categories that highlight the existing housing in the neighborhood, redevelopment to date, public amenities that have been created through NCI, and plans for future development activity.  Links for each neighborhood can be found on the homepage, as well as each neighborhood page, and can also be accessed here:

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