The District of Columbia Housing Authority has agreed with the Office of the Attorney General on specific actions the agency will take to implement its plan of crime prevention at 10 of its properties. The agreement outlines enhanced security plans that include more high-definition security cameras, better lighting, and increased patrols, among other efforts.
“The health and safety of our residents is extremely important to me,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “Through collaboration with OAG, we created enhanced security plans for our properties and have already begun much of the work outlined in the agreement. DCHA looks forward to the successful implementation of these plans. The challenges our communities face are a collective responsibility for all of us to address, and with this important joint effort, we look forward to seeing continued safety improvements in these neighborhoods.”
A link to the Consent Order can be viewed here.
Approximately $935,000 in upgraded exterior lighting and $2.3 million in high-definition security cameras are being installed throughout DCHA’s properties that can be viewed by DCHA’s Office of Public Safety and the Metropolitan Police Department in real time. Per the agreement, DCHA staff will continue its process of inspecting its properties daily to ensure lights and cameras are not obstructed, vacant units are secured, and abandoned cars are effectively ticketed and towed. DCHA will also continue its policy of dissuading trespassing on its properties by non-DCHA residents, while further implementing timely response times for property related repairs to enhance security at the properties. In addition, DCHA is investing $100,000 each year for five years for a violence interruption program at and near its properties. DCHA will continue to notify tenants that criminal activity has been identified that could lead to eviction, and will provide information about available nonprofit legal services and give the tenant an opportunity to meet with DCHA staff to discuss potential alternative resolutions. Lastly, DCHA will report to OAG monthly to ensure implementation of the security plan and compliance with the settlement agreement.
Updates to the implementation of DCHA’s continuing plans to increase the quality of life of its families will be featured regularly on DCHA’s website.