Barry Farm: Resident-Led Community Development!

Mayor Muriel Bowser, DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett, DCHA Board Chair Neil Albert, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council member Anita Bonds

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For over a decade as the prospect of a redevelopment of the Barry Farm community has loomed, residents have fought to protect their rights and prevent displacement.

Over this time it has become clear that under the New Communities Initiative Mayor Bowser’s Administration is the driving force behind this redevelopment, which would replace 444 existing public housing units with over 1,200 units of mostly market-rate housing in a rapidly-gentrifying area close to the Anacostia Metro station.

After the Appeals Court ruled in favor of Barry Farm tenants who appealed the Zoning Commission’s approval of the site redevelopment plan, the DC Housing Authority and Mayor’s office withdrew the plan and claim they will now make changes to the plan before again seeking approval.

Join the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association and Empower DC in calling on Mayor Bowser, DC Housing Authority and the DC Council to use this opportunity to significantly change the course of the Barry Farm redevelopment, from one that would rebuild fewer public housing units and cut the number of family-size units while emphasizing the role of private development partners – to one that will increase the amount of badly-needed public housing on the site, provide small business and homeownership opportunities for residents, and serve as a model for community development.

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To: Mayor Muriel Bowser, DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett, DCHA Board Chair Neil Albert, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council member Anita Bonds
From: [Your Name]

Mayor Bowser and Director Garrett,

For twelve years now Barry Farm residents have been the collateral damage in the so called redevelopment of Barry Farm. Now that you have pulled the plans to redevelop Barry Farm and are promising a new plan, below is what we want in the Barry Farm Redevelopment:

Stop Displacement

· Build on site / Build first for those who wish to stay

· EVERYONE returns – clear all back rent and remove all other barriers to return

Decision Making

· Recognize BFTAA as the tenant association & treat equal to the Resident Council

·​ Include BFTAA in all decision making

·​ Provide office and meeting space for BFTAA on the property

Preserve and Expand Public Housing

· Complete a full analysis of development options, including self-development by DCHA to determine what best meets residents’ goals

· Provide an opportunity for BFTAA to identify and partner with development partners to submit an alternative redevelopment plan

· All new public housing units must be owned and controlled by DCHA - not the private developer

· All new units must be permanently affordable

· Replace ALL 444 public housing units onsite, and add additional public housing units if site density is increased

· ALL units on the property must be affordable to low/moderate income people – NO high-rent housing on public land!

· No “second class citizenship” of low income residents – all residents must have the same rights and access to amenities

Opportunities for Advancement

· Reserve all retail spaces for Barry Farm resident-owned businesses – make available funding and support for business development to prepare residents for these opportunities

· Priority hiring of Barry Farm residents for construction jobs

· Development of a resident-owned cooperative business for the grounds keeping and maintenance of the property

· Provide a pathway to homeownership for residents, including cooperative homeownership

Amenities

· Housing types will allow Barry Farm residents to continue to enjoy front and back yards

· Quality, affordable child care on the property