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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
HABC’s Office of Resident Services (ORS) coordinates and implements a vast array of programs and services for our public housing residents and HCVP program participants. The
office was re-organized, and a new director
was hired in December of 2017. New goals
for the office were established, and priorities
were set on initiatives that focus on the following four pillars to success:
1. Economic Mobility;
2. Personal Empowerment;
3. Youth Development; and
4. Senior Support.
ORS engages with numerous partners, and in
FY18 the following key programs, events and
services were provided:
Built new playgrounds at McCulloh
Homes and Douglass Homes in partnership with KaBOOM! and with the help of
hundreds of volunteers;
Hosted a city-wide youth health fair with
over 110 attendees to provide health
and wellness education and resources
for youth ages 14-21 years;
Employed 104 of our youth at HABC for
the summer through the Hire 1 Youth
Served 466 families through HABC’s
Family Self Sufficiency Program, which
helps families achieve economic independence through training services.
Financial incentives are provided to successful program graduates. Graduated
45 participants in FY18 and distributed
over $275,000 in escrows;
Launched the Raising a Reader pilot at
three sites (Cherry Hill, Brooklyn and
Westport) with the Family League to
promote early literacy practices; and
Enrolled 140 Gilmor Homes residents in
the Jobs Plus workforce development
and family support program.
workshops, motivational speakers and other
educational activities to cover such topics
as conflict resolution, money management,
health, nutrition and fitness.
HABC has implemented initiatives that specifically focus on improving the health and
quality of life of our residents. In November
2017, the Healthy Elimination of All pests
Long-term (HEAL) campaign was launched
in partnership with City agencies in an effort
to rid public housing and the surrounding
neighborhoods of rodent and insect infestation. Through HEAL, there has been an 83%
decrease in the number of rat burrows at our
public housing developments and hundreds
of proactive rodent and sanitation inspections have occurred throughout surrounding
HABC also manages an asthma initiative at
O’Donnell Heights, which provides home visits, cleaning supplies, health worker services
and medical coordination to families who
enroll in the program. HABC has focused
its efforts on maintenance aimed at reducing asthma triggers such as pest control to
reduce allergens from rodents and insects.
A third-party evaluation of the initiative is
currently underway, which will analyze the
success of the program.
Resident Services Inc. (RSI) is an instrumentality of the agency that seeks collaborative
funding opportunities to support ongoing
and new programs and initiatives for all HABC
families. In FY18, RSI held its 6th annual youth
summit to provide youth ages 6-18 years with
a full day of free empowerment and life skills
The Office of Planning and Development
oversees HABC’s development and major redevelopment initiatives, including the Rental
Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
Planning and development also helps to facilitate other affordable housing projects to
provide housing opportunities for people of
all income levels in a wide variety of communities.
HABC began the process of converting over
one third of its public housing portfolio under the RAD program in 2015, which makes
it possible to raise substantial amounts of
capital from investors to rehabilitate deteriorating public housing sites. Since then, nearly
2,000 public housing units at 11 sites have
undergone major renovations during RAD
Phases I and II. At the completion of these
two phases, HABC expects to have leveraged
a total of over $350 million in investment to
rehabilitate more than 4,000 units.
In April 2017, HABC’s RAD program received
an award for Excellence in Project Design and
Creativity from the Maryland Department
of Housing and Community Development.
In June 2018, the Hollins House RAD project
HABC: A New Mission, New Vision, New Goals
received an honorable mention from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition at the
Tax Credit Excellence Awards.
Other redevelopment efforts in FY18 include the completion Phase 1B of O’Donnell
Heights, renamed Key’s Pointe, which consists of 68 rental units. HABC provided 34
project based vouchers for this phase of the
project, and the remaining 34 rental units are
affordable to households earning less than
60% of the AMI.
In November 2017, HABC submitted an application for, and was subsequently awarded, a
$30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
(CNI) grant from HUD to leverage the redevelopment of 629 public housing units at Perkins
Homes. The Perkins Somerset Oldtown (PSO)
Transformation Plan will integrate this housing into the footprint of the neighborhood
and includes a coordinated and targeted
neighborhood strategy that combines infrastructure improvements, economic development and public safety strategies. There is
also a comprehensive human services plan
that supports families to increase economic
self-sufficiency and improve educational out-
comes over the long term.
Additionally, HABC submitted an application
for a Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant to
HUD in June 2018. If awarded, this grant will
provide funding for the creation of a transformation plan for the Poe Homes public housing site, which will include redevelopment
activity in the nearby Poppleton and Hollins
The following tables represent RAD properties in which construction was completed or
financing was closed in FY18.