Park Morton: Updates

Park Morton Steering Committee Update

On October 26th, the development team for Park Morton presented an update to the Steering Committee on the development plan, including process, next steps, and a review of the materials, amenities, and green/sustainability measures being thought about for the development.

Click here for the presentation. 

Park Morton Development Update

On July 20, 2017, the development team for Park Morton (Park View Community Partners) presented a development update to Park Morton residents. The presentation included a summary of development milestones to date, an update on the Bruce Monroe PUD appeal, a revised projected timeline, and future project milestones. View the full presentation here. 

HOU and TCB Present on Human Capital Services in Park Morton

On June 22, 2017 Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) presented to the Park Morton Steering Committee about the current human capital services being provided to Park Morton residents.  HOU received a grant for FY17 to provide these services.  The Community Builders (TCB), one-half of the Park Morton development team, also presented on their Community Life division, which focuses on bringing services to support resident and community success to communities where TCB is developing.  TCB will begin rolling out their Community Life program at Park Morton and in the broader Park View community later this year, and will be working in collaboration with HOU.  The meeting presentations can be viewed here:

DMPED Presents on Subsidy Needs for NCI

On June 28th DMPED presented to the DCHA Board of Commissioners about the subsidies – both capital and operating – needed to support NCI’s development pipeline.  In 2015, NCI began working to project its full pipeline – all of the onsite and offsite development needed to complete the NCI neighborhoods adhering as closely as possible to the four core NCI principles – along with timeline and cost projections.  A 2014 policy report recommended that NCI do this work, which had not been done to date.  Specifically, the report recommended exploring using different operating subsidies instead of ACC (Annual Contributions Contract), the typical public housing subsidy.  DMPED’s presentation to the board provides an overview of the work done to date to fully project NCI’s pipeline, and the impact to the project of using Project-Based Vouchers rather than ACC.  The presentation can be viewed HERE.

On May 25, 2017 NCI presented to the Park Morton Steering Committee about the human capital plan for Park Morton residents, and the results of a needs assessment and evaluation of NCI’s human capital program.  The needs assessment was an extension of a larger assessment commissioned by DCHA for all of its family properties, and completed by the urban institute.  The following is the presentation from the meeting.  Future steering committee meetings will focus on the work being done by the human capital providers in the community, and how that work has changed as a result of the Urban Institute’s study.

New Communities: Right to Return

CLARIFYING RIGHT TO RETURN TO NCI DEVELOPMENTS

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.

WHO HAS A RIGHT TO RETURN?

  • 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.

HOW LONG DOES YOUR RIGHT TO RETURN LAST?

  • 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.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR RETURNING?

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.

WHEN WILL DCHA NOTIFY ME ABOUT MOVING?

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

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