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Last month, city officials quashed the guerrilla tactics of the activist group Homes Not Jails, which had occupied an abandoned house on Sherman Avenue NW in order to reclaim it for a homeless family. “Get some money,” irate neighbors told the activists. “Buy one on your own!” Now, another group of do-gooders has done just that—and has gotten itself mired in bureaucracy. GreenHOME, an affiliate of D.C. Habitat for Humanity, has the financing, the blueprints, and the volunteers ready to build a two-story house on the empty lot at 1221 I St. SE. But ever since GreenHOME submitted the necessary paperwork to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) last December, the group’s plans have gone nowhere. DCRA officials say GreenHOME has been slow to hand in requested documents. Meanwhile, a woman whose public-housing project was torn down waits for the house. “We promised her that she would be sitting around a Thanksgiving table with her family,” says GreenHOME Executive Director Lowell Dodge. “Maybe now it will be around a picnic table.” —Annys Shin