The undersigned organizations sent the below letter to the Mayor and DC Council Friday afternoon. The DC Council will consider emergency legislation on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to support DC residents and businesses during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If your organization would like to sign onto this letter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This post will be updated periodically as we receive new sign-ons. Friday, March 13, 2020 Dear...
More than a year and a half after the law that governs shelter and housing changed, the Bowser Administration has released regulations interpreting the new sections.
Last winter, the DC Housing Authority released a report that concluded that the District’s public housing stock was in crisis, with 2500 of its units “nearly uninhabitable.” Since that point we have been working with fellow advocates to figure out a path forward that appropriately balances the pressing needs of current tenants for habitable units with the preservation of deeply affordable, low barrier public housing.
What does this double standard say about DC values? It says that DC implicitly trusts the word of for-profit corporations seeking tax abatements more than it trusts the words of its own residents seeking lifesaving services.
Take a moment to thank your Councilmembers if they made an effort to fund affordable housing so far this budget, and ask them if they can find a way to do more to #FindTheMoney to #PutPeopleFirst before the second vote!
On May 14, 2019, the DC Council will take its first vote on the budget. Join us before then to tell the DC Council that they must #FindTheMoney to #PutPeopleFirst!