The Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia’s mission is to provide decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
The Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia (DHCDC) is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation that focuses on providing affordable housing for elderly and disabled individuals. DHCDC was organized in 1975 and incorporated in 1977 by members of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
DHCDC constructed Delta Towers Apartments, an independent living housing development, in 1979 at the corner of Florida Avenue and Bladensburg Road, N.E Washington, DC. This 149 unit building was awarded the Property Management Association’s 2011 Pace Award for BEST AFFORDABLE PROPERTY in the District of Columbia.
In 2018, in partnership with Dantes Partners and Gilbane Development, DHCDC broke ground and kicked off construction of Fortitude at Delta Towers on property adjacent to its existing building. This project, located at 808 Bladensburg Road, N.E. Washington, DC, provides 179 modern one-bedroom affordable housing units for seniors and persons with disabilities and ground floor commercial space. The first residents moved into Fortitude at Delta Towers in December 2020.
1977 – 2021
For a complete list of Board Members for the entire history of the organization…
First Development Project Team
Alice T. Davis, DHCDC President and Ruth Micheaux, Project Consultant, led the Delta Towers development project. The development team consisted of Bryant & Bryant (AIA Architects of Record), Forest City-Dillon (General Contractor), William H. Harris (Corporate Attorney) and Crawford Management Company (Property Manager). They worked closely together to bring the project to life.
Funding Delta Towers Apartments
Development of Delta Towers began when DHCDC purchased two lots located at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Bladensburg Road, NE from the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also provided a $6.8 million mortgage loan, which allowed Delta Towers to complete construction at the end of 1980. According to city officials, the Delta Towers project was one of the first public-private partnerships—coordinated by DC’s housing department and an organization like DHCDC. This project also was the first housing project for the seniors built in the H Street renewal area after the devastating 1968 riots.
In addition to the HUD loan, DHCDC used funds from the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s housing and development fund. This fund was previously established from the sale of the Chapter’s sorority house and was used to pay for architectural and consultant fees, recreation equipment, and craft supplies. Davis was quoted as saying, “Rather than have that money just sitting there, or using it for ourselves, we decided to look for a viable project.”
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Delta Towers was held on November 17, 1979. There were over 200 attendees including Mayor Marion Barry, Eliza P. Shippen, a Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., local housing community leaders, neighborhood residents and members of the WDCAC. Delta Towers officially opened its doors on December 19, 1980 with 149 affordable residential units and three commercial retail spaces.
In 2011, DHCDC established the Delta Towers Hall of Fame, a birthday celebration for Delta Towers residents reaching the age of 100 years young. On December 10, 2011, three centenarians—Ms. Hattie Wilson (100), Ms. Melzetta Williams (103), and Ms. Mary Henderson (104)—were acknowledged for their extraordinary milestone.
In 2017, DHCDC celebrated its 40th year of incorporation at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. The theme, Celebrating a 40 Year Journey of Building, Connecting and Reflecting, summed up the path the non-profit has taken to remain viable and committed to continuing the legacy of its founders. During this event, it was only befitting that Alice T. Davis was named President Emeritus. Her dedication to the project has been invaluable.
DHCDC Growth and Development
The project provides 179 one-bedroom affordable housing units for seniors and persons with disabilities and ground floor commercial space. Mayor Muriel Bowser committed $23.6 million of the District of Columbia’s Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) to the project. Project financing also included 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and tax-exempt bonds.
Two years later, on November 20, 2020, the ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of this new building was held. Attendance was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, representatives of WDCAC and the officials of the District of Columbia Government were in attendance.
Board Members 1977-1981
Alice T. Davis* – President
Eva Speight* – Vice President
Elaine B. Jenkins* – Secretary
Margaret D. Holly* – Treasurer
Maxine H. Jackson*
Marjorie A. Kinard
Barbara Moseley Davis
Dorothy Shaed Proctor*
*Charter Board Member
Delta Towers has received recognition for continuing to provide quality affordable housing since its doors opened in 1980. In 2011, Delta Towers received the Property Management Association’s Pace Award for “Best Affordable Property” in the District of Columbia.
In 2013, DHCDC received the United Planning Organization (UPO) Community Service Award for its commitment to affordable housing for the senior citizens of the District of Columbia.
The Board of Directors regularly engages with residents through quarterly Town Hall meetings, hosting movie nights under the stars (usually coinciding with H Street Festival activities); and sponsoring the residents in artistic and cultural events at the Atlas Theatre.
For over 25 years, DHCDC has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents. Other DHCDC activities with residents have included movie nights and outings to a variety of theatre productions in the District of Columbia. Washington DC Alumnae Chapter has provided other services for the residents including tax preparation, emergency preparedness workshops, and health and wellness seminars.
DHCDC Community (Partnerships) Endeavors
On February 20, 2016, DHCDC presented Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, with a $5,000 donation. The Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia, Inc. is now considered a “Founding Member” of the Museum.
DHCDC holds Group Lifetime Membership in the National Council of Negro Women, which has as its mission “to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.” In addition, DHCDC is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). An organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of African-American History.
The Corporation has donated to:
- DC Branch of NAACP
- DC Chamber of Commerce
- National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
- Washington DC Alumnae Foundation (WDCAF)
In January 2019, WDCAC provided a restricted charitable contribution of $956,000 to DHCDC to be used exclusively to pay costs of acquiring, developing, and operating a community enrichment center. Through the center, DHCDC will enhance, increase, and improve services available to residents of the District of Columbia.
Board of Directors
2021 – 2022
Merlene White Price
Priscilla Streeter Jamison
Karen Roberts Turner
Immediate Past President
Karen Jones Herbert
Katrina D. Jones
Natasha I. Osborne
Currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia, Incorporated (“DHCDC”), Trinette Smith-Campbell is an experienced human resources manager with a 30+ year career in the Federal government. She has implemented innovative programs, such as an IRS Qualified supplemental retirement plan; Diversity Roundtable; and automation of staffing, benefits and other processes.
Trinette is a dedicated member of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (“WDCAC”). She is also a lifelong Girl Scout in the Nation’s Capital, having served as a troop leader in Northeast, DC for over 15 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for 6 years. During her tenure as a troop leader she worked with over 100 girls ages 7 through 18, teaching valuable life and team building skills through annual camping trips, workshops in money management and finance, science through cooking, and other fun and exciting events. As a Board member, she served on the By-Laws Committee, Adult Recognition Committee, and was a key worker for the annual giving campaign.
Trinette is a graduate of the School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds an MBA from Howard University. She also earned an Advanced Certificate in Management from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Trinette is a former residential real estate agent specializing in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Maryland.
Merlene White Price
Merlene White Price was elected to the Board of Directors of DHCDC in 2014 and is currently the Vice-President of the Board. She has a 33-year career in the banking sector of the Federal government. During the banking crisis of 2008, she participated in bank closings and oversaw the handling of more than 300 administrative cases seeking to impose fines and remove individuals from banking. As a management analyst, she is responsible for the recruitment and selection of non-attorney staff. She has 20 years of experience in civil litigation, case management, and electronic discovery.
Merlene holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Sociology and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies, both from the George Washington University. She is a native Washingtonian and serves her community by working with the local Humane Society to rescue and care for stray animals. Merlene has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for 32 years and is an active member of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter where she has served as a member of several committees. She is also an active member her church (located in Washington, DC), where has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Treasurer, and Clerk.
Priscilla Streeter Jamison
Priscilla Jamison is the Assistant Secretary for the Board. She retired in April 2018 from the Federal Government with 32 years of service as a Paralegal Specialist and Program Analyst. In these positions she served the consumers and public in the application for mergers and acquisitions, consumer protection (including fraud and identity theft), and business education.
During her tenure, she served on the FTC Diversity Council, Labor Management Forum, as an FTC Union Steward, and on the Employee Leave Bank Board. Priscilla’s professional work experience also includes 16 years in private law firms as a Paralegal.
Priscilla holds a B.A. in Human Relations with a minor in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development, both from Trinity College, Washington, DC. She is an American Bar Association certified Legal Assistant, receiving her pre-‐certification at George Washington University. Priscilla is and has been a Notary Public for the District of Columbia for over twenty-‐five years.
Priscilla has resided in Washington, DC for almost 70years. Her husband of 50 years, son, and grandson, are all native Washingtonians. She continues to be a committed member of her church, by serving 9 years on the Parish Pastoral Council, 3 years as Prefect of Sodality, and over 10 years as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She supports community and social justice programs and has 10 years of experience serving as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, National Capital Region.
Priscilla has been an active member of the WDCAC for over 25 years and has served as chair and member of several committees. She was elected to DHCDC in 2015 and currently serves on the Community Outreach committee. By serving on the DHCDC, Priscilla is able to help DHCDC fulfill its mission of assisting seniors and disabled individuals by providing affordable living in the Nation’s Capital.
Karen Roberts Turner
Karen Roberts Turner, Esquire is the current Treasurer for DHCDC. She is a DC-based attorney with nearly 30 years of experience handling complex civil, commercial, and medical malpractice cases. Over her career, Karen has developed a distinguished reputation as a highly skilled trial attorney and formidable opponent. In 2013, she left the private practice of law to become Senior Associate General Counsel for Health Sciences at Howard University where she expanded her practice portfolio beyond health care litigation to encompass transactional and regulatory matters, corporate governance, and alternative dispute resolution. Beyond her contributions in the legal arena, Karen takes pride in her decades of community service in her hometown of Washington, DC. She has volunteered her service to and/or led numerous community outreach initiatives, associations, and professional bodies. Presently, she is Vice-President of her local high school alumni association. Karen is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and is a dedicated and active member of WDCAC, where she has held membership for over 33 years. Karen also volunteers as a mentor and tutor to a number of young women navigating through law school and their early legal careers. She is also a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Minnie Louise Anderson Young Fund, which awards $20,000 in annual tuition grants to local college bound students.
Karen earned a B.A. in Biology and Africana Studies from Vassar. She then obtained a Master’s degree in Philosophy/Bioethics from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University, both located in Washington, DC. She was elected to the DHCDC Board in 2015 and previously served as the Assistant Secretary.
Immediate Past President
Anntoinette “Toni” White-Richardson is a proud Washingtonian with documented roots going back to 1850 and beyond in the District of Columbia. She has a long history of community service in her hometown and is currently serving as an Alumni Trustee on the University of the District of Columbia Board of Directors, Board Member and Community Advisor respectively for The Essential Theatre (DC), Vice President of the Historical Woodlawn Cemetery located in Washington, DC and Treasurer of Alpha Omicron Chapter of Gamma Phi Delta Business & Professional Sorority She has worked for 20+years as an Education Specialist in the DC Public Library Adult Literacy Resource Center. Focusing on adult learners as developing readers is her passion and she has provided programming in various venues to promote lifelong learning. In addition to her job as an Education Specialist, Anntoinette has served as the Union President for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 1808 (2003-2019) at the D.C. Public Library and the President of AFSCME city wide Council 20 (2014 -2017). She has a B.A. from George Washington University in Sociology and Theatre Arts and a Master’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Adult Education.
Anntoinette is the immediate past President of the Board. She spearheaded the commemoration of DHCDC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2017. She has been a vital and active member (Golden Life) of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (WDCAC) since 1980 and has held numerous leadership positions in that organization, including Chapter President from 2006-‐ 2008.
Kelli Brown is a proud native Washingtonian with enduring family roots in North and South
Carolina. She began her career at the Fox News Channel in New York, NY, and decided early
on that though she learned a great deal and made many lasting friendships, she wanted her life
to focus on improving the lives of young people.
In her almost 20-year career, Kelli has worked in various roles in the communications field,
from Public Relations to Marketing and Community Relations. Most of that experience is
working and creating programs with non-profits and school systems to advance African
American students’ outcomes.
Kelli is currently the Operations Director for LK Brown Properties, a 30-year-old family-owned
real estate business founded by her mother and father with over 15 properties across four
In addition to her work, Kelli is Board President of Bright Kids Uganda USA. Bright Kids
Uganda assists children from various backgrounds ranging from street kids, HIV/AIDS orphans,
children who have been living at Internally Displaced Peoples’ Camps, and those rescued from
the rebels in Northern Uganda. Through this work, Kelli has helped hundreds of children get the
tools they need to be adults who positively contribute to society.
Kelli holds a B.A. from Temple University in Public Relations and Marketing. She is an avid
reader and writer, and caretaker for her aging parents and dog in her free time.
Kelli is also an active member of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Incorporated (WDCAC)
Karen Jones Herbert
Karen Jones Herbert is an eight-year member of the Board of Directors of the Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia (DHCDC), to which she was elected in May 2012. She had previously served on this board from 2000 to 2002, when as president of the Washington, DC Alumnae Chapter (WDCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she was appointed as a director.
Karen is a 43-year continually active member of Delta Sigma Theta, having been initiated into WDCAC in February 1977. She has served the chapter in several elected and appointed positions, including Sergeant-at-arms, Financial Secretary, and Custodian of Properties. She currently serves as Parliamentarian of the chapter and of the DHCDC.
Now retired for 12 years, Karen served the District of Columbia Public School system as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Special Education Department for 10 years and as Personnel Specialist to the Director of Human Resources for 30 years. She also served as Assistant Attorney for Probate Administration in the Probate Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court for two years.
Karen has a long-held commitment to public service, having ministered to her community in numerous ways, including her service as a Trustee of the District of Columbia Public Libraries, as Legislative Aide to the Hillcrest-Marlow Heights Civic Association, in leadership roles in her church, and in her active participation in WDCAC public service programs, including her work on the DHCDC board. As a senior citizen, who is focused on ensuring the good health and well-being of senior citizens, Karen’s work with the DHCDC has proven to be meaningful and gratifying.
Katrina D. Jones
Katrina Jones, a native Washingtonian, married over 26 years with two adult sons, is a product of the District’s public school system. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Cum Laude) from Southeastern University. Katrina spent her younger years in the Bellevue, Trinidad, and Congress Heights areas of Washington, DC. She purchased her first home in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood at the age of 24 through the District’s Home Purchase Assistance Program. For 19 years, she and her family called the Penn Branch area their home, but now she and her husband reside in Penn Quarter. Katrina has provided over $20,000 in scholarship funds to support College Bound, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and tutoring to 8th through 12th grade students in the Washington DC area. Recipients of her scholarship must be residents of Wards 7 or 8, and/or attend a high school in either Ward. Katrina is rooted in supporting low-‐income residents of DC by giving of her finance, time and talents to support causes to uplift and promote options for those that do not have the financial wherewithal to do so.
Katrina has broad of work experience spanning more than 34 years between a large federal agency, two government corporations, and now in a senior management position with a small federal agency. Katrina is a Facilities Management Professional who manages over 350,000 square feet of LEED Gold Class A office space within the waterfront area of DC. She manages a $25M annual operating budget, has over 14 years of experience as a Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant and Level III certification. She has negotiated a lease agreement valued over $324M for a 15-year period.
Katrina has been as member of WDCAC for almost 25 years and has served on the Board of DHCDC for more than 12 years. She has held a number of leadership positions in both organizations including Financial Secretary and Treasurer of WDCAC and Vice President and President for DHCDC. In addition, Katrina serves as Board Director and Treasurer for the Wheeler Creek Community Development Corporation (WCCDC). The mission of WCCDC is to facilitate the renewal of physical, social and economic structure of DC’s Ward 8 by combining affordable housing with education, career training and other resources. Katrina’s connection to DHCDC and WCCDC in particular, demonstrates her commitment to the underserved population of the District of Columbia.
Natasha I. Osborne
Natasha Osborne, a native fourth generation Washingtonian with strong family ties to Washington, DC and it’s community. Proud graduate of DC Public Schools including Wilson Sr. High School & North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro, NC), earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration & minor in Marketing. Currently, employed by the Federal Government as a Civil Servant on Capitol Hill serving as an Administrator for the Architect of the Capitol. Additionally, Natasha has over twenty years in the fields of Sales, Facilities and Building Maintenance & Management background in some of the most prestigious companies in the US including Miami Herald, America Online, National Public Radio Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and Lockheed Martin.
A leader, in the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Washington DC (WDCAC) for over thirty years with extensive community involvement and fundraising skills.
Currently serving as a Board member of Delta Housing Corporation of DC since 2015, as the Community Liaison representative; reaching out to the local Washington, DC Community and keeping our senior residents abreast of key issues discussed at the ANC meetings and abreast of DC Government announcements. She along with other DHCDC Board members are creating an updated website to highlight over forty plus years of affordable housing for seniors and disabled individuals.
Michelle D. Robertson is a Design Project Manager and a licensed professional engineer in the District of Columbia with over 20 years of experience in Design and Construction Project Management of new, renovation, and restoration projects of mission critical operations for the Department of Navy with a portfolio of nearly $1 billion in projects at The Naval Observatory, Walter Reed Bethesda, Andrews & Bolling Air Force Bases, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Quantico and Washington Navy Yard. She was recognized in 2012 as both the Civilian Engineer of the Year and Black Engineer of the Year by her Command.
Michelle has served on the Board of DHCDC since 2009 and was Vice-‐President from 2011-2013. She has also held membership in WDCAC for over 12 years and serves as immediate past and current Building Development Chair. Michelle’s community-‐based leadership extends to her own northeast DC neighborhood where she serves as President of the Council of Co-Owners of Channing Court Condominium.
Michelle grew up in Portland, OR and relocated to Washington, DC in 1990 to attend Howard University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and pursued a Master’s in Geotechnical/Environmental Engineering.
Pamela Robinson is a second-generation native Washingtonian who was raised in the Petworth Community in the Northwest Quadrant of the District of Columbia. Pamela has resided in the Nation’s Capital for over 60 years and maintains loyalty and endless love for her city.
Pamela earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She also attended the American University in Washington, DC where she continued her studies in the criminal justice field. Pamela has over 33 years of experience in the US Federal Government and Local Government providing case management services. She specializes in counseling and crisis intervention with at-risk and diverse populations.
Pamela is a highly motivated and skilled case manager who (even in retirement from the Federal Government) continues to manage and resolve challenging client issues through contractual assignments and volunteerism. Pamela maintains a part-time position as a case manager with the DC Coalition for the Homeless.
Pamela is driven to deliver exceptional client support based on organizing multidisciplinary programs and team treatment, which promotes productive lifestyles and independent living for challenged populations. Her comprehensive government, outreach, and community-based experience with juveniles, the homeless, mentally challenged persons, substance abusers, and incarcerated populations is unsurpassed. Additionally, Pamela is extremely active in her church where she serves a deaconess, sings in the church choir and chairs the FBCWMBC Scholarship Program.
Pamela has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 36 years (Washington DC Alumnae Chapter) and has served as a Board member of the Delta Housing Corporation of the District of Columbia, Inc. since 2015.
Terri Stroud is the General Counsel at the DC Board of Elections. She is the founder of The 5000 Food Pantry at Christ United Methodist Church in Southwest DC where she is an active member. She is a volunteer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She serves as Secretary of the Election Official Technical Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Election Administration Research and Practice. She was the inaugural co-chair of the Afro-Latino American Society Alumni Committee at her high school, Phillips Academy at Andover.
Ms. Stroud received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Board of Directors
1977 – 1981
Alice T. Davis
Eva B. Speight
Elaine B. Jenkins
Margaret D. Holly
June H. Childress
Maxine H. Jackson
Barbara M. Moseley-Davis
Naomi C. Newman
Dorothy Shaed Proctor