CNHED Appointed to Mayor’s Rental Housing Strike Force

January 29, 2021

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Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the issuance of Mayor’s Order 2020-129 to establish the “Saving DC’s Rental Housing Market Strike Force,” a new advisory group that will examine the District’s preparedness to anticipate changes to the city’s affordable and market-rate rental housing market.

“The pandemic has had lasting effects on our rental housing market, and it is critical we understand these changes and their impacts on our District renters, particularly our low-income renters who rely on affordable housing options. As we continue our recovery, we will prioritize programs and strategies that support the housing needs of residents.”

- Mayor Muriel Bowser

The Strike Force, which is holding its kickoff today, January 29, will serve as an advisory group to address actions by or with the District government to address the current challenges and the post-pandemic future of DC’s rental housing market- affordable, market-rate, and naturally occurring affordable units. The Strike Force’s work will culminate in the issuance of a report of recommendations by mid-March. Interested residents and stakeholders can follow the work of the Strike Force on the DHCD website.

“This is the latest effort of our Administration to ensure that every resident has a fair shot as we move closer toward a new normal. I look forward to reviewing the Strike Force’s recommendation on how we can continue to be innovative in our affordable and market-rate rental housing market to meet the needs of our residents.”
– Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio

The Strike Force, chaired by Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson, and administered by the agency, will be comprised of Members of the District of Columbia Council and District Government agencies. Additional members will serve on the strike force and were selected from housing and economic development membership organizations, housing providers and tenants, housing counseling organizations, financial services industries, housing policy research organizations, and philanthropy.

“I’m honored to be asked to Chair this strike force by Mayor Bowser. Drawing on the same successes we were able to have when I chaired the District’s Housing Preservation Strike Force, I’m optimistic we will together be able to come up with a list of robust and implementable strategies for response.”
– DHCD Director Polly Donaldson

The Strike Force announcement compliments the work of the District’s Economic Recovery Team (DERT) to proactively plan, strategize, and coordinate the economic recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Further, it follows efforts already underway to support rental housing with programs to provide rent assistance to both tenants and housing providers as well as protections to prevent evictions.

In 2015, Mayor Bowser created the DC Housing Preservation Strike Force to create an action plan to preserve the District’s affordable housing covenants that were set to expire in 2020. In November 2016, the 18-member team released a 28-page report that included six key recommendations to preserve affordable housing in the District; all of which were adopted and are being implemented. During the public health emergency, the District launched and enhanced several programs to support renters. These programs include, the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA) and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP); funded with a combination of both federal and local resources, before and after the pandemic began. For more information on these programs, visit

Strike Force Members

Members of the Council of the District of Columbia

  • Councilmember Anita Bonds, At-Large
  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman, At-Large
  •  Councilmember Brooke Pinto, Ward 2

Housing and Economic Development Membership Organization Representatives

  • Steve Glaude, CEO, CNHED
  • Michele Hagans, President & CEO, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation and President, DCBIA
  • Dean Hunter, CEO, Small Multifamily Owners Association
  • Randi Marshall, Vice President of Government Affairs, AOBA
  • Monica Warren Jones, Director of Capital Solutions, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and President, HAND

Housing Policy Research Organizations Representatives

  • Alex Baca, Housing Program Organization, Greater Greater Washington
  •  Eva Rosen, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
  • Yesim Taylor, Founding Executive Director, DC Policy Center

Housing Provider Representatives

  • Josh Bernstein, CEO, Bernstein Management
  • Buwa Binitie, Principal, Dantes Partners and DCHFA Chairman
  • Tom Borger, CEO, Borger Management
  • Ralph Boyd, CEO, SOME
  • AJ Jackson, Executive Vice President, JBG Smith


Housing Counseling Organization, Tenant Advocates, and Tenant Representatives

  • Evelyn Harrison, President, Worthington Woods Tenant Association
  • Kay Pierson, Director of Community Reinvestment, United Planning Organization
  • Marian Siegel, Executive Director, Housing Counseling Services

Financial Services Industry Representative

  • Ramon Jacobson, Executive Director, LISC DC

Philanthropy Representative

  • Tonia Wellons, President and CEO, Greater Washington Communication Foundation

Administration Representatives

  • Christopher Donald, Acting Executive Director/CEO, DC Housing Finance Agency
  • Polly Donaldson, Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Chair
  • Tyrone Garrett, Executive Director and CEO, DC Housing Authority
  • Kristy Greenwalt, Executive Director, DC Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Sarosh Opadwala, Director of Real Estate, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • Johanna Shreve, Chief Tenant Advocate, DC Office of the Tenant Advocate
  • Andrew Trueblood, Director, DC Office of Planning
  • Laura Zeilinger, Director, DC Department of Human Services

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