What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Housing not a commodity

The Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 is currently under DC Council review. After mulling over the latest amendments they will vote on it again December 5, 2017. Before that happens, we’d like Grassroots DC readers to have some basic information about this bill so we’ve cross-posted the following from the Fair Budget Coalition, which describes what happened during the debate of proposed changes to the bill on November 7, 2017. . . . → Read More: What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Proposed Bill to Fund DC Public Housing Repairs Raises Concerns

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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

Going, Going, Gone: DC’s Vanishing Affordable Housing

Growing Rents

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

Housing For All Rally – DC Is Our Home

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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

Is Museum Square’s Owner on a Mission to Displace All Affordable Housing Renters?

Save Museum Square

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?