The Public Housing Operating Fund—the main source of revenue for public housing maintenance and repairs–pays for only 86% of the items in HUD’s budget. It looks as though the D.C. City Council may at long last be trying to make up the difference with the Public Housing Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2016. The problem that those who advocate on behalf of public housing have with the bill is that it won’t pay for maintenance if the housing is slated for redevelopment. So if you live in Barry Farm, Kenilworth Courts, Park Morton, Highland Dwellings or Lincoln Heights–all properties scheduled for eventual redevelopment–you’re out of luck. . . . → Read More: Proposed Bill to Fund DC Public Housing Repairs Raises Concerns
Cross-posted from The District Dime Written by Wes Rivers Sharply rising rents in the District have led to the virtual disappearance of low-cost private housing across the city, according to a new analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Yet the District’s economy has left nearly half of its residents with stagnant incomes. As a result, […] . . . → Read More: Going, Going, Gone: DC’s Vanishing Affordable Housing
How much longer will you be able to afford to live in Washington, DC? The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development believes all District residents deserve decent, quality housing at a price they can afford. Join them at this Saturday’s Housing For All Rally and find out what you can do to stop your […] . . . → Read More: Housing For All Rally – DC Is Our Home
Residents at Museum Square‘s sister property, Mount Vernon Plaza, received letters mandating a $500+ a month rent increase. Azieb Tesfamariam, a recent immigrant from Eritrea and single mother of three, was looking for housing early last year. She couldn’t afford her yearly rent increase of $50 a year so she went out searching for something more […] . . . → Read More: Is Museum Square’s Owner on a Mission to Displace All Affordable Housing Renters?
Here’s a video I did for the Fair Budget Coalition last year during their State of the District’s Poverty event. In 2013, the FBC–along with a whole host of other organizations and individuals–was trying to convince Mayor Gray and the DC City Council to do something about the lack of affordable housing and the abundance […] . . . → Read More: The Continuing Fight to End Homelessness in the District of Columbia