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City council considering DCHA’s future

(Published April 15, 1999)

D.C. City Council has begun making plans for leadership of the D.C. Housing Authority when the current receivership ends in the summer of 2000.

Legislation introduced by council Chairman Linda Cropp, D-At large, on April 14 would create a commission to screen and recommend five candidates to a DCHA governing board to be approved by the mayor and confirmed by the council. Two public housing residents would be elected by other residents. The legislation is based on recommendations in a letter from court-appointed receiver David Gilmore, who has run the authority since 1994.

The bill would also grant legislative powers to the new DCHA board in areas of eminent domain and bonding authority and give the agency authority to manage its own financial, personnel and procurement systems.

Copyright 1999, The Common Denominator