Request for Proposals

Planning Coordinator

District of Columbia Housing Authority

Washington, DC

Posted: 06/25/2013
Submittal Deadline: 07/15/2013


The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has received a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grant Award from HUD for the redevelopment of the Barry Farm community, and has issued a solicitation for a Planning Coordinator position.

The solicitation and addendum which announces the extension of the due date for submissions are found at the links below. The deadline has been extended to July 15, 2013.

For any questions regarding the solicitation, please contact Cheryl Moore, Interim Contracting Officer, at

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the District of Columbia by providing and effectively managing affordable housing, which is diverse, well maintained, and aesthetically pleasing for those whose circumstances prevent them from competing in the general marketplace. Besides operating over 8,000 publicly owned rental units, DCHA also contracts over 10,000 private units through its Housing Choice Voucher Program. DCHA has embarked on an ambitious program of development and redevelopment to create economically diverse communities and neighborhoods. DCHA is one of the most innovative housing authorities in the nation and is actively pursuing non-governmental sources of financing to promote HCVP homeownership assistance programs, project-based public housing subsidies, and implement more creative uses of its Move to Work authority.

Barry Farm is designated as part of the District of Columbia’s (“District”) New Communities Initiative (NCI”). NCI is a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to improve the quality of life for families and individuals living in four neighborhoods in Washington, DC: Northwest One (Ward 6), Barry Farm (Ward 8), Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings (Ward 7), and Park Morton (Ward 1). Designated New Communities are District supported redevelopment projects, which address the physical and human architecture of neighborhoods troubled by concentrations of poverty, unemployment, blight and deterioration of the housing stock.

In September 2012, DCHA, in partnership with the District, issued a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals from interested private development teams to act as the Master Planning and Development Team (“Team”) to develop and implement a comprehensive redevelopment plan (“Redevelopment Plan”) for the Barry Farm New Communities Initiative (“BFNCI”). The BFNCI is a collaborative redevelopment effort coordinated by DCHA in partnership with the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (“DMPED”) and the Office of Planning (“OP”) to program and implement a comprehensive Redevelopment Plan for the Barry Farm Development, leading to the creation of a sustainable, mixed-income community that is well-integrated with the surrounding neighborhood.

The primary role of the Team will be to develop an updated Redevelopment Plan for the Development Parcels, which meets the needs and desires of DCHA, the residents of Barry Farm and Wade Apartments, and the surrounding community. The Redevelopment Plan will consist of two main components designed to meet the legal requirements of the District small area planning legislation and public housing redevelopment requirements of DCHA.

In October 2012, DCHA received a CHOICE Neighborhoods Initiative planning grant award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).

DCHA is in need of a qualified consultant (“Choice Planning Coordinator”) to coordinate all necessary research and manage and complete the DCHA CHOICE planning process. This includes coordinating activities to develop a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Transformation Plan for HUD’s approval, in concert with simultaneous activities to develop a Small Area Plan for District Council’s approval. The Choice Planning Coordinator will work with DCHA, DMPED, OP and the selected Master Planning and Development Team, as well as other District agencies and community stakeholders (“DCHA Choice Team”). DCHA encourages proposals from individuals/firms with thorough knowledge and experience in the goals, objectives, requirements and processes of Public Housing, Community Development, HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Programs, and the District’s Small Area Planning process.