Latest Updates from Empower DC

UPDATE: DC Housing Authority Tables The Vote!

We want to thank everyone who came out to support Barry Farm residents! Please continue to support our Public Housing Campaign, which is lead by an amazing 4 year veteran of Empower DC , Schyla Pondexter-Moore.  Let’s continue to fight displacement in our city, to stand up for justice, to build our power and hold government officials accountable!

Video provided courtesy of Empower DC member Brendan Orsinger

URGENT! Action for Barry Farm!

IMG_20160419_150408This is a call to action.  We need everyone who is available to come to the DC Housing Authority (1133 North Capitol St, NE) tomorrow, Thursday August 18th at 11:30AM to stand in solidarity with Barry Farm residents. 

You can also help by sending an email to the members of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.  This body has been unaccountable for far too long, signing off on resolutions that threaten the health, safety and housing of the people who call public housing home.

Please use the addresses and sample email below to tell the Board of Commissioners to vote NO on the resolution affecting Barry Farm that they are considering tomorrow at the last-minute “emergency” meeting.” 

Sample letter:
I urge the Commissioners to vote NO on resolution 16-14 to authorize pre-development financing for Barry Farm redevelopment. The Board should take no further action on the Barry Farm redevelopment until a firm residents’ rights agreement is in place.  I urge the Commissioners not to rubber stamp these deals that serve to displace residents and give away valuable public assets to private developers.  Moreover, DCHA should not conduct business during last-minute “emergency” sessions when the impacted residents have not received notification. 

Commissioners to send it to:
Aquarious Van Ghasri – AVGhasri@dchousing.org
Bill Slover – sloverdc@gmail.com
Brian Kenner – brian.kenner@dc.gov
Frank Lancaster – flancast@dchousing.org
Jose Ortiz Gaud – jortiz@dchousing.org
Kenneth D. Council – KCouncil@dchousing.org
Shelore Fisher – SFisher@dchousing.org
Terri Thompson – tathompson@huhosp.org
Ken Grossinger – KenGrossinger@democracypartners.com
Clarence Mobley – clarencemobley@gmail.com
Nakeisha Neal Jones – nakeishan@publicallies.org 

The residents of Barry Farm have been fighting diligently for years to make sure their rights are protected throughout the pending “redevelopment” of their public housing community.

The DC Housing Authority, on the other hand, continues to operate in an underhanded, unaccountable way – leaving the community in disrepair, spreading misinformation, and violating the rights of residents.

Yesterday we were informed that the DC Housing Authority has called an emergency Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting to vote on a resolution that impacts Barry Farm residents.  Typically the BOC does not meet at all in August. Now, they are holding a last-minute meeting, without notice to residents, on something that is critical to their future.

The leaders of the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association (BFTAA) working with Empower DC want to show DCHA that there are people like you throughout the city monitoring their behavior, willing to hold them to account.

Please let Schyla Pondexter-Moore, Empower DC’s Public Housing Organizer, know if you will be joining us.  You can reach her at (202) 234-9119 x 101 or housing@empowerdc.org.  Bring your ID to enter the DCHA building.

We appreciate your support! 

Parisa Signature
Executive Director