It makes sense that if any government agency were to include a residential component for their new office building that it would be the D.C. Housing Authority. This (plus adding retail) is exactly what they're looking to do with the redevelopment of their NoMa office. How convenient! How bad could the quality of life possibly get when the overarching complaint department is downstairs? It'd be like living in the same building with a more powerful landlord. Plus, the DCHA has qualified that one third of the rental apartments would be available to low-income residents — so they're living up to their agency's mission statement to "provide quality affordable housing to extremely low- through moderate-income households." Except in this case (as in many cases), the bar they are setting for low income is anyone making less than 80% of the area median income. As such, how many families moving in would be served by the DCHA and truly benefit from living that close to the agency's headquarters?
· D.C. Housing Authority eyes mixed-use redevelopment of its headquarters [WBJ]
· Housing Authority Redevelopment to Include Residential Component, Satellite Office [WCP]