WCP | DHCD Refuses to Comment on Derelict D.C.-Owned Anacostia Houses
Photo courtesy of the L'Enfant Trust
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Under Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Department of Housing and Community Development has made record investments in affordable housing. Already this year, DHCD has allocated half of the money in the District's Housing Production Trust Fund—or roughly $50 million—toward affordable projects.
But during a marathon oversight hearing held by the D.C. Council's housing committee Friday, the agency would not address its refusal to date to transfer four vacant, blighted homes in Anacostia to the nonprofit L'Enfant Trust, as it is required to do by an emergency law the Council passed in 2016. Per the legislation, the L'Enfant Trust would renovate the historic homes into "workforce housing" at no cost to taxpayers. The permanent version of the bill is to become law this month after congressional review. At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, who ran the hearing, cointroduced both versions of the bill.