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DISB Hosts Elder Housing Forum for Faith Community

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Washington, DC —Today, the Bowser Administration, led by the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), held its third Elder Housing Resource Forum to provide the faith community with vital information and access to government and non-profit resources. Among the District’s 700,000 residents, approximately 12 percent— 84,000—are age 65 or older.

“In keeping with Mayor Bowser’s vision for an age-friendly DC and in celebration of May as Older Americans Month, the Elder Housing Resource Forum addressed housing topics that are important to seniors and connected seniors to vital resources,” said Stephen C. Taylor, Commissioner of DISB. “These topics included property tax services, emergency and affordable housing, and foreclosure mitigation.”

The forum provided faith community leaders with resources to help seniors age safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes and communities. The event was held in partnership with the Clergy for Community Wealth Preservation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. More than 80 faith leaders and seniors gathered to hear presentations from agencies that included AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, DISB, the DC Housing Finance Agency, DC Office of the Tenant Advocate, Housing Counseling Services, Inc. and Marshall Heights Community Development Organization.

The forum was held in Ward 7 at Washington Seniors Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20020.

See event photos below.

About DISB

The mission of the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking is two-fold: 1) to protect consumers by providing equitable, thorough, efficient and prompt regulatory supervision of the financial services companies, firms and individuals operating in the District of Columbia; and 2) develop and improve market conditions to attract and retain financial services firms to the District of Columbia. Visit DISB online at disb.dc.gov.

Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor addressing Elder Housing Resource Forum attendees.

Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent C. Gray addresses forum attendees.

Nonprofit Panel (L to R): Melanie Acuña, Staff Attorney, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Pamela Johnson, Program Manager - Housing Services, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Darren Snell, Foreclosure Prevention Program Director, Housing Counseling Services, Inc. and Lisa Hensley, Senior Vice President, Single Family Programs, Housing Finance Agency.

Government Panel (L to R): Brian Williams, Associate Commissioner for Banking, DISB, Stephen Dudek, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Tenant Advocate, Cynthia DuRant, Community Affairs Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Forum Moderator Idriys Abdullah.