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

The Million Man March and the Future of the Movement

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The United States has an undeniable amount of work to do in order to tackle the racial injustices and inequalities the country still faces. The Million Man March played its part in that by encouraging people from all across the country to gather on the National Mall on October 10th 2015. Though the Nation of […] . . . → Read More: The Million Man March and the Future of the Movement

DC Displacement of the Poor: They Do What They Can Get Away With

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Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six Written by Johanna Bockman As many of you know, there is much discussion about the future of the DC General homeless shelter. This morning, the Post’s Petula Dvorak stated, “Developers are salivating over D.C. General. It’s a huge property with plenty of potential. So there’s no question that it […] . . . → Read More: DC Displacement of the Poor: They Do What They Can Get Away With

Empower DC Packs Council Hearing on Housing Authority Budget

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Cross-posted from the DC Independent Media Center written by Luke On the 30th of April, Empower DC brought well over 100 DC public housing residents and supporters to pack Muriel Bowser’s hearing on the DC housing authority budget, which contains zero money for repair or renovation of traditional public housing. Instead, the city applied to HUD for […] . . . → Read More: Empower DC Packs Council Hearing on Housing Authority Budget

2014 Tenant Town Hall

Come see and feel the vibrant tenant movement for affordable housing in action at the 7th Annual Tenant Town Hall. Join LEDC, the CNHED Housing for All Campaign, and Empower DC as DC residents present their housing priorities and solutions to the directors of DC housing agencies and Council members. Seven years running, the Tenant Town […] . . . → Read More: 2014 Tenant Town Hall