- TRAINING & ENGAGEMENT
- ANNUAL MEETING
- HAND PSA
Earlier this year, HAND along with several of its members and partners, signed onto revisions to DC’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a document that our local leaders use to guide how the city will grow and change in the coming decades. The coalition recently completed and submitted its amendment package, which fundamentally aims to improve the Comp Plan to build more homes, build and preserve more affordable homes, and provide better protections against displacement. The group that drafted the package included DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), MidAtlantic Realty Partners (MRP) and EYA.
Monday, October 23, 2017 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street NW (Gallery Place/Archives Metro)
$25 to attend (includes coffee and lunch)
Amid DC’s housing affordability crisis, one solution stands out: flexible, outside-the-box ways to increase housing supply. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have potential to be one flexible solution.
ADUs improve sustainability by creating more resource-efficient housing; improve housing affordability by adding new supply in previously inaccessible places; and reap both social and financial benefits by promoting intergenerational shared housing for homeowners and renters.
Homeowners still face a series of practical barriers to building ADUs on their property: determining appropriate design options, assessing feasibility, securing financing, navigating the permitting process, developing working relationships with architects and builders, managing the construction process, and ongoing property management.
Presented by the Coalition for SmarterGrowth, DC ADU Workgroup, AIA|DC, and ULI Washington, “Reinventing the Home: How accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be a bigger part of the housing solution for DC” will convene resources, experience, and stakeholders to begin to address these challenges, and bring ADUs, as a new generation of housing supply, to scale in the District of Columbia. Learn more about this event and register here.
DHS will use the offered properties as housing units for families. A “Focused Housing” model which will create temporary housing facilities (ideally targeted to no more than 50 and no less than 15 contiguous units per site) is being implemented. However, the District is able to entertain some flexibility in that target number. A portion of the building’s footprint should be available to be utilized for program support spaces, which may be provided in the form of additional apartment units. Supportive services will be provided on site and will be geared toward supporting families to achieve housing stability, improving quality of life and working to sustain self-sufficiency. Ideally, such program support spaces may include amenities such as a community room (450 sq. ft.), administrative area (5 offices, 130 to 150 sq. ft. each), on-site laundry facility (315 sq. ft. – approximately 4 washers/4 dryers is preferred), and parking for the staff. Such amenities are desired but not required for this Solicitation. Property owners will provide property management of the property. Partially occupied buildings will not be accepted. However, sites/properties which include multiple buildings may be considered.
HAND is pleased to announce that it recently joined leaders of regional civic and business organizations in signing onto a letter urging the signatories of the governing compact of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to reform our regional transit system. An excerpt from the letter reads:
“We reiterate our strong conviction that any reform effort must include reforms to WMATA’s governing, financial, and operational structures. Reform of any one structure alone will not be sufficient. For instance, additional funding for Metro will only be beneficial if it is accompanied by structural changes that give WMATA’s board the flexibility to effectively allocate resources and staff the flexibility to leverage additional resources to make operational improvements.”
The following groups have signed on:
Federal City Council
Greater Washington Board of Trade
The 2030 Group
The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA)
The Consortium of Universities
The DC Building Industry Association
DC Chamber of Commerce
The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Arlington County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington
Leadership Greater Washington
Washington Airports Task Force
Committee for Dulles
Enterprise Community Partners
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
The Housing Association of Non-profit Developers (HAND)
HAND encourages its members and partners to join us in supporting these reform efforts to ensure the sustainability of the Washington region’s transit system. If you are interested in signing, please contact Maura Brophy or Dana Gresham.To read the letter in full, click here. You can also find more information here.
APAH’s Holiday Gift Drive kicks off this month! Last year they gave gifts to more than 350 children thanks to their generous donors. This year they are again providing special gifts to children, which parents can come to select from donated items.
Donors have the flexibility to:
1) Donate gifts amounting to $25 each (see below.)
2) Contribute Gift cards
3) Or make a monetary contribution to APAH of any amount (Designated to the: Holiday Gift Drive)
Individuals, groups and/or organizations who are interested in participating should contact Emily Button at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-276-7444 ext 115 no later than December 1st, 2015
Donations may be brought to Arlington Mill Residences at 901 S. Dinwiddie St. on their designated collection day, Saturday, December 5th, from 8am-2pm. If it is not possible to bring collections on this day please contact organizers above to make alternative arrangements for drop off.
Each gift should amount to $25*
Suggested Items for Ages 0-10:
Arts and Crafts
Suggested Items for Ages 11-18:
Arts & Crafts
Girls: makeup, hair accessories, nail polish, lotion, fragrances
Boys: shaving stuff, lotion, fragrances
Retail gift cards: Recommend gift cards for department / variety stores accessible to residents i.e. Target
*Please avoid donating clothing, electronics or used items. Multicultural gifts are appreciated
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