DCHA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS – ELECTION NOTICE

DCHA RESIDENT COMMISSIONER ELECTIONS

JANUARY 28, 2022 UPDATE:

Janet Parker, candidate for Senior / Disabled seat, was the only resident to meet all eligibility requirements to run in the regularly scheduled DCHA Board of Commissioners election.
Therefore, only Senior/Disabled properties will be voting on February 21 and 22, 2022.

SPECIAL ELECTION:
Due to a shortage of eligible candidates for Family Commissioner and At-Large Commissioner in the regularly scheduled DCHA Board of Commissioners Election, the DCHA Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) eliminated a previous eligibility requirement to run for Commissioner on January 27, 2022 . The Board also ordered DCHA to conduct a Special Election to fill the Family Commissioner and At-Large Commissioner seats. 

The Special Election for the Family Commissioner and At-Large Commissioner seats will be held on April 7 and 8, 2022.  

NOTE: THE ELECTION FOR SENIOR/DISABLED COMMISSIONER WILL STILL BE HELD FEBRUARY 21-22, 2022 AT SENIOR AND DISABLED PERSON’S PROPERTIES.

SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19 AND THE RESIDENT COMMISSIONER ELECTIONS

The 2021 DCHA Resident Commissioner elections were delayed due to COVID-19. While it has always been important to ensure elections are fair, transparent, and accessible, DCHA and Resident Participation Services PLLC (“RPS”) have been working to include safety precautions as an important criteria in the election process. Masks will be required at all election related events hosted by the Independent Third Party Monitor (“ITPM”).

DCHA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

The DCHA Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the Housing Authority. All Resident Commissioners serve a three-year term of office. Three of the Commissioners are DCHA residents elected by the DCHA resident community:

– Senior/Disabled Commissioner (represents senior /people with disabilities properties)
– Family Commissioner (represents family properties)
– At-Large Commissioner (represents all DCHA properties)

All DCHA residents may run for Resident Commissioner if they meet eligibility requirements discussed in this manual. We recommend that residents read the Board of Commissioners Bylaws and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations (24 CFR Part 964) for a full understanding of how the Board operates. 

Below is a summary of the information contained in the Board of Commissioners Bylaws, 24 CFR 964, and DCHA Resolution 01-08, which details the procedures for the election of residents to the DCHA Board of Commissioners.

DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

In summary, the Board has the authority and duty to govern DCHA, including:

– to make and implement rules, bylaws, and policies and regulations necessary or appropriate for the effective administration of DCHA;
– to make rules and procedures for the election of Commissioners;
– to evaluate the Executive Director’s job performance;
– to review and approve contracts for goods and services over $250,000;
– to ensure that residents receive quality housing and services.

COMPENSATION FOR RESIDENT COMMISSIONERS

Each Resident Commissioner receives a stipend of $3,000 per year for their service on the Board. Each Commissioner is also reimbursed for actual travel and other expenses reasonably related to their official duties.

RESIDENT COMMISSIONER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A resident who wants to be a candidate for Commissioner must:

– be a public housing resident in DCHA; 
– be directly assisted by a public housing agency;
– be named on the lease; 
– be 18 years of age or older;
– be in full compliance with the lease and have no rental payment delinquency; 
– not have past due taxes, special assessments, or other charges owed to D.C.;
– not (a) have any financial interest in any business entity that is directly or indirectly involved in any transaction with DCHA, (b) – have any financial interest in any contract to which DCHA is a party, or (c) be employed by or be offered employment by a person or business entity which is a party or prospective party with DCHA. This prohibition also applies to the family of the candidate; and
– not hold a position on any other District [government] board or commission, except as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

DCHA Resolution 01-08 states that Resident Commissioners must demonstrate knowledge or competence in one of the following: knowledge of or competence in, corporate governance; 

– public housing law and regulations; 
– real estate and construction issues; 
– public housing development, operations, and management; 
– subsidized or non-profit housing production and development;
– multi-family housing development or management; 
– business finance and investment; 
– community-based redevelopment policies or activities; 
– public management or administration; 
– personnel or procurement administration; 
– municipal finance or law; or philanthropy and social services.

Residents may not run for more than one of the Commissioner positions.
– Senior/Disabled commissioner candidates must live in a senior/disabled property.
– Family commissioner candidates must live in a family property.
– At-Large commissioner candidates may live in any DCHA property.

Each winning candidate for Commissioner shall file an affidavit of financial disclosure within thirty days of their election and again every year of their term. Candidates may be disqualified for failing to make their financial disclosures.

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

You can attend a Webex Informational Meeting about the 2022 DCHA Resident Commissioner Special Elections by going to www.ResidentParticipation.com/Meetings.
Meetings will take place at noon and 6 p.m. every day from February 7-11, 2022

RPS will provide hard copies of the Special Election Policies and Procedures Manual, Candidate Application Packets, and Polling Site Monitor Applications, upon request. 

Property managers will also have hard copies for interested residents. 

The Special Election Policies and Procedures Manual and the applications are also available for download on the RPS website: https://www.residentparticipation.com/downloads/ 

Residents who cannot attend any of the informational meetings or have difficulty with technology and cannot attend any of the virtual meetings, may call RPS at 202-596-2675 and leave a message asking for us to review the policies and procedures over the phone.

CANDIDATE APPLICATION PROCESS

Any resident who wishes to run for a Commissioner seat must follow the following steps, in order:

1. Have your property manager fill out the Property Manager Eligibility Verification form. The property manager must verify that the applicant is eligible to be a candidate for Commissioner. If your property manager states that you are not eligible, you cannot run for Commissioner. 

2. Complete the entire Candidate Application and submit it to RPS. Completed applications must be RECEIVED by RPS no later than 5 p.m. on March 3, 2022. Applications can be submitted by mail, fax, online form, or email. Click here to fill out the candidate application packet.

3. Once successfully completed, the nominations process qualifies candidates to attend the Candidate Training, officially begin campaigning, appear on the ballot, and participate in the Candidate Forum. 

CANDIDATE TRAINING

The Candidate Training for At-Large and Family candidates will be held on March 4, 2022 at 6 p.m. 

Attendees will receive training on the timetable for important dates, campaign etiquette, and election procedures. The ITPM will also draw the candidate’s ballot order at this meeting. RPS will certify candidates who attend the candidate training. Once certified, candidates will be included on the ballot.

CANDIDATE ETHICS, INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

Start of Campaign. Immediately after the Candidate Training, the campaign formally begins.

Committees. Candidates are allowed to receive help from friends or form a committee to help get the word out during their candidacy. Candidates should remain cautious at all times of their actions and those of their supporters. Any damage to the property of another may result in disqualification of the candidate at any time prior to, during, or after the election.

Inclusion. Candidates should be sensitive to the fact that people from a variety of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and abilities reside in public housing and that all residents have the opportunity to participate fully in the election process. Candidates should campaign in a professional and positive manner, avoiding disparaging or negative comments against other candidates.

Disqualification. Any candidate who is found to violate any rule of this election process, including but not limited to the following activities or omissions will be disqualified from the election. Disqualification can occur at any time, including after the election on the basis of: 

– Submitting false statements to the ITPM regarding the election;
– Bribery, cheating, or stuffing the ballot box;
– Encouraging ineligible persons to vote or sign a nominating petition;
– Defacing or destroying posters or campaign literature of other candidates;
– Using resident council restricted funds for campaign purposes;
– Threatening or interfering with voters ability to vote; 
– Missing deadlines for candidate applications or financial disclosures; or
– Engaging in dishonesty with regard to the election, including filing grievances for the purpose of gaining an electoral advantage or submitting false or fraudulent materials to the ITPM.

CANDIDATE FORUM

The Senior / Disabled Candidate Forum will take place on February 18, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. online. You can join the event on your digital device by going to: https://tinyurl.com/3rbda3u2. The Candidate Forum will be held to provide residents the opportunity to meet the candidate and learn about her platform.

The Family and At-Large Special Election Candidate Forum will take place on April 1, 2022 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm online. You can join the event on your digital device by going to: https://tinyurl.com/3rbda3u2. This Candidate Forum will be held to provide residents the opportunity to meet candidates and learn about candidates’ campaigns and ask them questions.

GET PAID TO BE A POLLING SITE MONITOR (PSM)

RPS will pay PSMs $15.20 per hour to work on each Election Day and for the PSM Training. PSM Applications can be completed by clicking on this link and will be provided at informational meetings and at: https://www.residentparticipation.com/downloads. Those interested in working as a PSMs must fax, mail, or email their applications to RPS, or complete the online form. PSMs are required to fill out tax paperwork in order to be paid. Taxes will be withheld from PSM paychecks. Payments will be mailed to PSMs within two weeks after the last Election Day.

Candidates for Commissioner and their family members CANNOT work as Polling Site Monitors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

Voters who need translation assistance or are unable to get to the polling site on their Election Day due to any documented disability will be given a reasonable accommodation upon request to the ITPM. Reasonable accommodation requests should be made as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate services can be scheduled. To request a reasonable accommodation, residents must submit their request to RPS by mail (P.O. Box 10505, Washington, D.C. 20020), fax (301) 637-3635), or email (info@ResidentParticipation.com). ITPM staff will visit residents who have properly requested a reasonable accommodation before the polls open on Election Day and allow them to vote in their presence.

VOTING REQUIREMENTS

To qualify as a voter, a person must: be a public housing resident in D.C., be directly assisted by a public housing agency; be named on the lease; and be at least 18 years old. 

ELECTION DAYS

The Board of Commissioners Election for the Senior / Disabled Resident Commissioner will be held at designated polling sites on February 21st and 22nd. Polling sites will be open to voters each Election Day between 1:00PM to 7:00PM.

The Board of Commissioners Special Election for the Family and At-Large Resident Commissioners will be held at designated polling sites on April 7th and 8th. Polling sites will be open to voters each Election Day between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All voters must go to their designated polling site to receive an official ballot, unless the voter has requested a reasonable accommodation.

A resident may vote only once.

Residents may vote for two candidates; one at-large candidate and one candidate of their specific property type.

There are no absentee ballots. 

Candidates and their supporters MUST NOT campaign or loiter inside the voting area or within 20 feet of the entrance of the voting area. Candidates and their supporters must not harass, threaten, coerce, prevent, or otherwise interfere with voters’ right to vote for the candidate of their choice. Candidates who do not comply with this requirement risk being disqualified on Election Day. 

RPS will employ Polling Site Monitors (“PSMs”) at each polling site to oversee and monitor the election process.

SENIOR / DISABLED RESIDENT COMMISSIONER
ELECTION DAYS AT EACH PROPERTY

Janet Parker was the only applicant to meet all of the candidacy requirements for this election. She is running for the Senior / Disabled Resident Commissioner seat. Therefore, only Senior / Disabled properties will be voting on February 21 and 22, 2022.

FEBRUARY 21, 2022

Claridge Towers: 1221 M Street NW – community room 
Colorado Apartments: 5336 Colorado Ave NW – community room    
Fort Lincoln: 3400 Banneker Drive NE
Garfield Sr: 2301 11th Street NW – 9th floor community room              
Harvard Towers: 1845 Harvard Street NW – recreation room  
Horizon House: 1150 12th Street NW – community room
James Apartments: 1425 N Street NW – community room  
Judiciary House: 461 H Street NW – lower level community room        
Ledroit Apartments:  2125 4th St NW – community room
Regency House: 5201 Connecticut Avenue NW – community room
Sibley Plaza: 1140 North Capitol Street NW – community room

FEBRUARY 22, 2022

Carroll Apartments: 410 M Street SE – community room
Greenleaf Senior: 1200 Delaware Avenue SW – recreation room
Kentucky Courts: 1336 D Street SE – community room
Knox Hill: 2700 Jasper Street SE – community room
Potomac Gardens Sr.: 1229 G Street SE – community room

 FAMILY AND AT-LARGE RESIDENT COMMISSIONER
ELECTION DAYS AT EACH PROPERTY
 

Family properties are followed by an (“F”).  Senior/Disabled properties are followed by (“S”)

For the Special Election, Senior/Disabled properties will be voting only for the At-Large Resident Commissioner candidate of their choice. Family properties will be voting for both the Family and the At-Large Resident Commissioner candidate of their choice.

APRIL 7

PROPERTY POLLING SITE
Claridge Towers:  1221 M Street NW – community room S
Colorado Apartments 5336 Colorado Ave NW – community room S
Columbia Road 1475 Columbia Road NW – community room F
Fort Lincoln 3400 Banneker Drive NE S
Garfield Family 2301 11th Street NW – 9th floor community room  F
Garfield Senior 2301 11th Street NW – 9th floor community room S
Harvard Towers 1845 Harvard Street NW – recreation room S
Horizon House 1150 12th Street NW – community room S
James Apartments 1425 N Street NW – community room S
Judiciary House 461 H Street NW – lower level community room S
Kelly Miller 238 W St. NW – community room F
Langston Dwellings & Additions 667 24th St NE – community room F
Ledroit Apartments 2125 4th St NW – community room S
Lincoln Road 11 R Street NE – lower level – resident council office F
Montana Terrace 1625 Montana Avenue NE – recreation center F
Ontario Rd 2422 Ontario Rd NW F
Park Morton 620 Morton Street NW #11 F
Regency House 5201 Connecticut Avenue NW – community room S
Sibley Plaza 1140 North Capitol Street NW – community room S
Sibley Townhomes/Sursum Corda 49 K Street NW – Resident Council Office F

APRIL 8, 2022

PROPERTY POLLING SITE
Benning Terrace 4450 G Street SE – community room F
Carroll Apartments 410 M Street SE – community room S
Elvans Road 2444 1/2 Elvans Road SE – community center F
Fort Dupont/Stoddert Terrace 155 Ridge Road SE F
Greenleaf Gardens Ext/Additions 205 L St SW – Resident Council office F
Greenleaf Midrise 203 N Street SW – Family Enhancement Center F
Greenleaf Senior 1200 Delaware Avenue SW – Recreation Room S
Highland Additions 916 Wahler Street SE – Community Room F
Highland Dwellings 662 Atlantic St SE – Resident Council Office F
Hopkins Apts 1430 L St SE – community room (rear of building) F
James Creek 100 N Street SW – resident council office F
Kenilworth Courts 4500 Quarles St NE – Resident Council office F
Kentucky Courts 1336 D Street SE – community room S
Knox Hill 2700 Jasper Street SE – community room S
Lincoln Heights 400 50th Street NE – enhancement center F
Potomac Gardens Family 700 12th Street SE – recreation center F
Potomac Gardens Sr. 1229 G Street SE – community room S
Richardson Dwellings 5319 1/2 Dix Street NE – Osay community room F
Syphax Gardens 1501 Half Street SW #21 – Resident Council office F
The Villager 3810 Southern Avenue SE – community room F
Woodland Terrace 2310 Ainger Place SE – community room F

PUBLICIZING THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION

After the polling sites close on each Election Day, the ballot boxes will be locked for transportation to a secure location. 

After the polling sites close on the second day of each Election, at 8 p.m. in the DCHA boardroom, a preliminary ballot count will be tabulated by RPS. All DCHA residents are invited to witness the preliminary count.

Preliminary election results will be posted on the DCHA and RPS websites the day following the preliminary ballot count.

After the preliminary election results are posted, RPS will add valid provisional ballots to the vote count if those provisional ballots could change an election outcome.

Preliminary election results also may change due to any grievances filed that could affect an election outcome.

The official election results will be posted in the meeting areas (community room, Resident Council office, or recreation center) and at property management offices at each property after the grievance and reconsideration period has expired.

The newly elected Resident Commissioners for 2022 will be contacted by the DCHA Board and staff to schedule a swearing in ceremony.

GRIEVANCE PROCESS

Grievance Deadline: Residents may file a complaint (“grievance”) at any time during the election process. If a resident believes a violation of the election process has occurred they must email, mail, or fax a written complaint letter to be RECEIVED by the ITPM no more than three business days after the election day in which the resident voted.

Content of Grievance: In order to be actionable, the grievance must be in writing and based on a violation of election rules established by the ITPM for this election. The letter must describe violations of election procedures. The letter must include all evidence of the violations. An exchange of words or a heated debate about the election is not grounds for a grievance unless a violation of election rules also occurred.

ITPM Deadline: The ITPM will issue a written response to the resident within three business days of receiving their grievance. If a grievance requires significant investigation, the ITPM may extend its response time. The ITPM will submit a copy of the grievance and its decision to the resident and the Office of Residential Services (“ORS”).

Request for Reconsideration. If the resident is dissatisfied with the ITPM’s response and has additional evidence to support their grievance, the resident may submit a request for reconsideration to the ITPM. The request for reconsideration must be received by the ITPM within three business days of the date of the ITPM’s response to the original grievance.

Final Decision. The ITPM will review the original grievance, its response, and the request for reconsideration to make a final decision within three business days of receiving the final request. At this point, the ITPM’s decision is final.

SENIOR / DISABLED RESIDENT COMMISSIONER ELECTION
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

February 15 @ 6p-8p Polling Site Monitor Training at Sibley Plaza
February 18 @ 5:30p Candidate Forum online at https://tinyurl.com/3rbda3u2.
February 21 @ 1p-7p Election Day for Senior / Disabled properties (See Election Day Schedule)
February 22 @ 1p-7p Election Day for Senior / Disabled properties (See Election Day Schedule)
February 22 @ 8p Preliminary ballots count at DCHA Headquarters, 1133 North Capitol St. 2nd Fl. Boardroom – for the Senior / Disabled Resident Commissioner candidate
February 23 @ 5p Preliminary Results posted online for the regularly scheduled BOC election
March 8 @ 5p Certified Election Results will be posted for the Senior / Disabled Candidate

FAMILY AND AT-LARGE RESIDENT COMMISSIONER SPECIAL ELECTION
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

February 7-11 @ noon & 6p Virtual informational meetings for voters, interested candidates, and polling site monitors
March 3 @ 5p At-Large and Family Commissioner candidate application deadline
March 4 (on or before) ITPM will inform candidate applicants of their eligibility and/or ineligibility
March 4 @ 6p Mandatory Candidate Training (review campaign rules & regs, draw for ballot order, etc.)
March 31 @ 6p-8p Polling Site Monitor Training 
April 1 @ 5:30p Candidate Forum 
April 7 @ 1p-7p Election Day (See Election Day Schedule)
April 8 @ 1p-7p Election Day (See Election Day Schedule)
April 8 @ 8p Preliminary ballots count at DCHA Headquarters, 1133 North Capitol St. 2nd Fl. Boardroom
April 9 @ 5p Preliminary Results posted online
April 26 @ 5p Certified Election Results will be posted

Additional information will be posted online at www.ResidentParticipation.com, as it becomes available. 

Questions may be emailed to Info@ResidentParticipation.com or you may call and leave a voice message at 202-596-2675. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Primary Sidebar

Scott Haapala graduated from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2005, where he discovered a passion for election law. He has been active in election protection for national elections for over a decade and given countless pro bono hours to the cause of voting rights. Scott has worked with law firms, nonprofits and government agencies to improve voter access and election transparency.

Joe Kelly graduated from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2006.  Joe is a civil rights attorney with a focus on employment discrimination and housing law.  He has worked at the U.S. Department of Labor and served as a union negotiator.  Joe has also served as a union organizer and executive officer.  Joe takes great pride in helping people vindicate their rights in the home and workplace.

Last Modified: 02/17/2022 8:26 pm