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Action Alert: DC Housing Authority

All communications on this subject matter must include the phrase “Comment to Proposed Rulemaking” in the subject line. There are two methods of submitting Public Comments:

  • Submission of comments by mail:  Comments may be submitted by mail to the Office of the General Counsel, Attn: Chelsea Johnson, Deputy General Counsel, 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20002-7599.
  • Electronic Submission of comments: Comments may be submitted electronically by submitting comments to Chelsea Johnson at: PublicationComments@dchousing.org.


Office of the General Counsel
Attn: Chelsea Johnson
Deputy General Counsel, DCHA      
1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20002-7599

Dear Ms. Johnson,

Your proposed size restriction for pets for elderly and disabled residents is unfair!

The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s (DCHA) proposed pet ownership regulations for the elderly and disabled residents of public housing would make pet adoption from local adoption centers virtually impossible, which puts these residents at a severe economic disadvantage when adding a pet to their families.

The proposed height and weight restrictions (dogs that are 15 inches tall or weighing 40 pounds) are arbitrary and unreasonable.   

This size restriction eliminates the overwhelming majority of the animals (80%) in Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) adoptions centers, therefore prohibiting DCHA residents from taking advantage of the low cost adoption fees.

This is unfair to our elderly and disabled residents because:

  • HRA offers the most convenient and cost effective means of adopting a pet in the District.
  • Adoption fees are substantially lower than the cost of purchasing a dog from a breeder.
  • Adopting from HRA allows low-income residents to welcome a fully vaccinated, altered pet into their homes, often at no cost.

DCHA’s elderly and disabled residents would not be allowed to take advantage of any of the benefits of adopting animals from HRA.

We ask that DCHA lift the arbitrary size requirements proposed and allow residents to take advantage of the affordable adoptions services provided by the Humane Rescue Alliance, giving every resident an opportunity to experience the joys of pet companionship.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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