“DCHA is proud that we’re not just a one-stop-shop to create housing. Our mission is also to foster sustainable communities and cultivate opportunities for residents to improve their lives. It is very important to understand how safety protocols during the extended COVID-19 public health emergency can financially impact our residents,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “DCHA is empowering resident councils and select service providers to help reduce the financial burden by providing these microgrants swiftly.”
He continued, “We decided to include our service providers who have been with us in the trenches working at our properties since the onset of COVID-19. They have been doing a great community service on our behalf and we know this would be difficult to do without the funding. Our service partners, working along with resident councils are a godsend to us. We appreciate everyone’s efforts and understand the grassroots need to get things done quickly in the community.”
40 resident councils and 12 service providers will each receive a $2,000 grant or the equivalent in personal protective equipment and health supplies. Service providers were selected based on their assistance to DCHA customers during the state of emergency. Funding for the $104,000 in microgrants is made possible by the CARES Act through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Seeing the steps the housing authority is taking to put resources in the hands of resident councils and community organizations is just a testament to your leadership. Keep going. This is one of the many pathways to self-sufficiency. Thank you, guys,” said Darius Baxter from GOODProjects.
GOODProjects is just one of 12 service providers selected to receive the grant.
The service providers include East of the River FSC, Humanity in Transition, GOODProjects, A Wider Circle, Uniting Our Youth, Amala Lives, Day Break Ministries, Brother’s Huddle, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Exodus Treatment Center, and Smart from the Start.