Understanding How Public Housing Is Funded… It’s Harder Than You’d Think

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Emily McDonald is a graduate student in the sociology department of George Mason University. She has been a volunteer intern for Grassroots DC since May 2016. THE FIGHT FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN 2016 In my time with Grassroots DC, I was given the underestimated task of tracking DCHA’s budget from the founding of Potomac Gardens on Capitol Hill […] . . . → Read More: Understanding How Public Housing Is Funded… It’s Harder Than You’d Think

D.C. Council Passes Entrepreneurship Program for Returning Citizens… But It’s Not Funded

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According to the Department of Employment Services, just five years ago, the unemployment rate in Ward 7 hovered around 19 percent. In Ward 8, it was routinely more than 20 percent. Today, the rates are 9.5 percent and 11.3 percent respectively. Ward 5, another area with stubbornly high unemployment has almost matched the overall unemployment […] . . . → Read More: D.C. Council Passes Entrepreneurship Program for Returning Citizens… But It’s Not Funded

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

Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged

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Cross-posted from Poverty & Policy Written by Kathryn Baer As you local readers probably know, the DC Council passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year last week. Some changes in what the Mayor had proposed for programs that serve low-income residents. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s overview of the budget confirms what I’d expected. Mostly, a […] . . . → Read More: Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged

DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”

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Cross-Posted from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Written by Patricia Mullahy Fugere Last week, the DC Council voted 9-4 against requiring that the new DC General replacement shelters have private bathrooms. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced an amendment requiring private bathrooms for every unit, and Councilmembers McDuffie, Silverman, and Orange supported it. Councilmembers Mendelson, Grosso, Bonds, […] . . . → Read More: DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”