Today, District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett announced that he would not seek an extension of his current employment contract but instead will pursue other professional opportunities. Garrett looks forward to continuing his work as an Instructor of Principles of Redevelopment at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. The resignation is effective June 18th.
“I want to thank the leadership and the DCHA staff for allowing me the opportunity to serve these past four years. I believe DCHA is on the cusp of significant opportunities that will ensure the wellbeing of families within the District. In partnership with the hard working staff and Board of Commissioners of DCHA, we have made tremendous progress and many rehabilitation, redevelopment, and human capital improvement initiatives are in the pipeline. I wish everyone all the best,” said Garrett.
During his tenure Garrett managed the agency’s $500 million budget and $1 billion public housing portfolio that serves nearly 50,000 residents. He initiated or improved the many human capital and family self-sufficiency offerings for residents including an innovate Apprenticeship Training Program. He and staff improved property management and approaches to processing housing vouchers for families and individuals facing homelessness while increasing affordable housing opportunities. He has been lauded for his leadership to keep the agency functioning optimally during the Covid-19 pandemic and forging partnerships with medical providers including Johns Hopkins Medical, GW Hospital, United Medical Center, and Howard University Hospital to test and vaccinate nearly 3,000 residents.
Equally significant, Garrett spearheaded the development of “Our People, Our Portfolio, Our Plan,” a comprehensive, $2 billion Transformation Plan to preserve, stabilize, and redevelop the entire DCHA portfolio. The exhaustive effort undertook a full assessment of the agency’s 41 properties, including full environmental assessments of each of the nearly 8,000 units.
The resulting plan garnered $90 million in new capital funding in its first two years from the Mayor and City Council to immediately address health and safety concerns and start long-deferred maintenance, rehabilitation, and new construction projects for those properties in the most critical need.
The Board of Commissions will hold an emergency board meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, May 27 to select an interim Executive Director and plan for recruitment of a permanent replacement.
“On behalf of the Board, I want to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Garrett for his service to DCHA and its residents. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Chairman Neil Albert.