Representatives from the District of Columbia Housing Authority recently presented to leaders in national housing about its new and growing Rent Reporting and Credit Building program.
Joseph Nelson, who coordinates the program for DCHA, was a panelist at the annual NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) during the first week of October. He was joined by housing officials from Oregon and Colorado to discuss how rent reporting—the reporting of residents’ rental payments to credit bureaus—is an impactful, credit-building strategy.
More than 50 people attended the session where Credit Builders Alliance and its affordable and public housing partners, including DCHA, shared about policy and industry developments in the rent reporting space, discussed plans for scaling the reach of rent reporting, and highlighted ways that affordable and public housing providers, advocates, and policy makers can get involved to expand the rent reporting movement.
Nelson spoke about building the virtual program to over 40 participants at DCHA during the global health emergency. He described how a full recruitment strategy including collateral in rent statements, flyers posted around buildings and at each door, helped attract people interested in the program, especially since he was unable to hold any meetings in person. He also noted property managers were fantastic by providing referrals.
For more information on the Rent Reporting and Credit Building Program at DCHA, please call 202-779-7209.