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HAND is excited to announce the winners of our 13th Annual Children’s Art Contest, in which youth residing in HAND member properties demonstrated their interpretation of “Fair Housing for All.” The winners will each receive a $300 cash prize, and the winners’ Resident Services Program will receive a cash prize of $200 for administering the contest! Eight runners-up will receive a $25 gift card. Congratulations to Fatmata Marah & Tiwalade Taylor and thank you to our sponsor Enterprise!
Grand Prize Winners:
Fatmata Marah & Tiwalade Taylor, Humphrey Management
Kennedy Lancaster, Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Kaiely Morales, AHC, Inc.
Kyla Zieneara, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Anthony Nori, Homes for America
Shaniah Newport, Mission First Housing Group
Yordy Amanuel, Wesley Housing
Katriena Ellis, Good Shepherd Housing
Kayla Fotso, Victory Housing
Pepco Holdings, as part of its merger into Exelon, has agreed to assist owners of subsidized properties in the Pepco and Delmarva Power service areas with an easier way to obtain utility use information from its tenants in order to obtain approved Utility Allowances from their local jurisdiction or housing authority that can be used to calculate maximum allowable rents under affordable housing programs, such as LIHTC, HOME or HUD Sec. 202.
As of May 1, Owners of multifamily properties with five or more units must obtain permission from all tenants to allow Pepco to share utility use and billing for the previous 12 months for all tenants. Owners should fax a spreadsheet or Word document with the addresses, unit number, and names of all adults on lease to Pepco’s Correspondence Department at (202) 872-3217. Pepco will furnish utility bill amounts for all units in a timely fashion so that owners can submit the information to their local jurisdiction or housing authority, whichever entity is responsible for approving utility allowances for the property. Pepco reserves the right to do spot checks of tenant files to ensure that Owner does, in fact, have permission from all tenants for Pepco to share this info, as there are privacy issues involved.
Pepco will be setting up a website that includes these request forms and explains the process in the coming months.
The following is a summary of the low income data sharing program that Pepco/DPL will be implementing pursuant to Condition 3(D) of Maryland Public Service Commission Order No. 86990:
• Landlords and property owners will be able to submit the form certifying that they have obtained the consent of customers for Pepco/DPL to share their usage data with the landlord/property owner. The form largely mirrors the form currently used by BGE, although language has been added making it clear that Pepco/DPL will have the right to conduct spot checks to ensure that the requesting landlord/property owner can produce a sampling of signed consents. In the event the landlord/property owner is unable to produce all of the consents requested in the sampling, the form further states that Pepco/DPL reserve the right to withhold the usage data for all tenants associated with that specific landlord/property owner until the landlord/property owner produces signed consents for each unit for which usage data is requested.
• Landlords and property owners will need to include as part of their request an attachment listing the adult (defined as over the age of 18) occupant(s) of record for each unit included in the request. This will allow Pepco/DPL to confirm that at least one occupant in each unit is the utility customer of record.
• The specific points of contact at Pepco and DPL to whom landlords/property owners can submit requests for usage data are as follows:
o For Pepco, requests for usage data should be faxed to Pepco’s Correspondence Department at (202) 872-3217.
o For Delmarva Power, requests for usage data should be sent to the Community Outreach Team. The phone number is (800) 375-8599, the fax number is (410) 860-6505, and the email address is email@example.com.
Important documents are as follows:
LOW INCOME DATA SHARING INSTRUCTION SHEET
PROPERTY MANAGER/LANDLORD USAGE INFORMATION REQUEST FORM (PEPCO VERSION)
On April 22, 2017 volunteers from Generation HAND, the NHP Foundation and GRID Alternatives joined forces for its first ever “Lending a HAND Community Day” to install solar panels at the Parkchester Apartment complex in Washington D.C.
The installation of these panels come at no cost to residents and provide savings on energy spending. Additionally, Parkchester Apartments is the first multi-family housing installment that GRID Alternatives is undertaking in the Mid-Atlantic region, which will provide a long-term solution to high energy bills.
“HAND is thrilled to partner with our member, NHPF, and GRID Alternatives,” said HAND’s Executive Director Heather Raspberry. “For our members, this activity is more than just a volunteer opportunity, but a reminder of the importance of the work that we do to ensure individuals and families across our region have healthy and sustainable housing that is also affordable.”
To read the full press release, click here.
Today the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) is pleased to announce several new members to its Board of Directors (pictured left to right): Art Bowen, VHDA, Sarah S. Constant, Mission First Housing Group, Christopher E. Donald, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA), John R. Maneval, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (Maryland DHCD) and Derrick N. Perkins, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Each individual brings robust experience as well as fresh insight to the organization’s Board of Directors. With these new additions, the Board consists of 20 professionals who represent a wide variety of sectors across the affordable housing industry including banks, nonprofit developers, for profit developers, law firms and government agencies.
To learn more about our new Board members, click here to read the full press release.
HAND is pleased to announce that it has joined several of its members and partners in signing onto revisions to DC’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan is a document that our local leaders use to guide how the city will grow and change in the coming decades. The DC Office of Planning is going to submit amendments to this plan this year (our current version was adopted in 2006). The website states, “DC has become a desirable place to live, but that growing popularity has brought rising housing prices that make it unaffordable for people of all incomes. It is possible to build new housing, including affordable housing, protect the needs of tenants in redevelopment, and grow the District’s tax base in a way that makes business sense and advances the public good.” Among the items the coalition of organizations has asked the government to prioritize is meeting the housing demand as well as preserving existing affordable housing. You can learn more and sign on here.
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