A house is in the foreclosure stage. (Courtesy photo)
A house is in the foreclosure stage. (Courtesy photo)
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By Austin R. Cooper, Jr., Managing Editor

The Washington Informer, in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, announces a year- long journalism study to determine the factors causing Black and low-income residents, including seniors, in Wards 7 and 8 to lose their home; and explore resources to help residents save their homes.

Our House: Keeping Homes Black-Owned in D.C.’s Ward 7 and 8 is a year-long journalism project that will include a series of articles about gentrification, tax sales and foreclosure published in The Washington Informer, a bi-weekly e-newsletter, community events, data reports, and personal testimonies from residents.

“I am extremely excited to engage in this work that will address a critical issue – gentrification – that has played out across the District and how it is displacing residents east of the Anacostia River,” said Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes. “This project will provide a newsletter offering a one-stop source of information about gentrification and resources available to help residents keep their homes,” Barnes added. “Data research and analyses provided by CPI will deliver added value to residents, community groups, policymakers, elected officials and financial institutions that play critical roles in the preservation and gentrification of Black neighborhoods.”

If this applies to you or someone you know, please contact us as you may have important information that would help us address this critical issue.


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