Celebrate Homeownership Month with DCHA Homeowner Kennette Dike (District of Columbia Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
July 14th, 2021

From the District of Columbia Housing Authority's website:

For the past 20 years, Kennette Dike and her boys were living in an apartment in the Park Morton community. After working hard to educate herself by attending seminars, and searching for a house that fits her family’s needs, she is now a proud homeowner in Southeast.

“Oh my God, I’m so glad I’m gone. I love my little house,” Dike said.

The District of Columbia Housing Authority has been working to relocate Park Morton residents as the community is in the midst of a redevelopment. DCHA staff held several community meetings to explain the process and the options that were available to residents, from how to receive and use a voucher to homeownership.

“I got a letter in the mail from DCHA inviting me to one of their seminars. I was ready to go,” Dike said. “I kept pursuing it. I was the only one in the group who became a homeowner. It was time for a change. I needed the space. I outgrew the apartment. I wanted something to call my own. I wanted my house.”

Instead of a two-bedroom apartment, her boys now have their own bedrooms. She has a basement and a yard she wants to fix up. She has a beautiful kitchen, two and a half bathrooms, and her own washer and dryer.

“I’m proud of myself,” she said. “The process was a headache every now and then, but it paid off.”

Read "Celebrate Homeownership Month with DCHA Homeowner Kennette Dike" on DCHA's website. 

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