Affordable Condo Issues

For Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) owners experiencing rising condo fees and long-term resale restrictions, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has put forward a process to evaluate the affordability of each ADU and possibly allow owners to rent or sell to people in higher income categories. Information on this process and the form are on DHCD’s website at http://dhcd.dc.gov/node/619912

Though more issues need to be ironed out for current and future owners, we are one step closer to revising these onerously restrictive policies.  Thank you all!


For more information on how we got here, see below:

Listen to the stories of affordable condo owners at Kenyon Square in Columbia Heights:

For more details on the situation of affordable condos in Northwest DC, see: http://hatdc.org/?p=456

Read the stories of affordable condo owners living in 3 different buildings: http://hatdc.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ADU-Owner-montage.pdf

Read public testimonies of affordable condo owners as well as info on policy issues: http://www.coas.howard.edu/centeronraceandwealth/reports&publications/102012-learning-from-experience.pdf

Read lessons for the District’s affordable condo program from comparable cities:

http://hatdc.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/IZ-Ownership-Lessons-for-the-District-.pdf

Read various news articles on the issue:

October 3, 2013 City Paper article: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2013/10/03/fee-cycle/

August 5, 2013 ElevationDC article: http://www.elevationdcmedia.com/inthenews/mannaIZreport_080513.aspx

Comments section of February 1, 2013 Greater Greater Washington article: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/17557/a-few-steps-can-fix-inclusionary-zoning/

January 16, 2012 Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/affordable-housing-zones-rules-are-an-affront-to-kings-dream/2012/01/15/gIQABEsq1P_story.html

December 15, 2011 WAMU article: http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/12/condo-fees-and-the-pitfalls-of-preventing-displacement/

 

See the petition that was delivered to City Council offices on November 10, 2011: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/affordablecondos/

Your voices are essential! Please support your neighbors!


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