CREATING AND PRESERVING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Ward 6 is leading the way on affordable housing citywide with more than 1,500 affordable homes created in the last three years, and more than 2,100 affordable homes on the way -- many of them family-sized 2 or 3-bedroom units. That’s more than any other ward in our city, but it’s also not enough, and making affordable housing a continued priority is one of the reasons I am running for re-election Read More...

Ward 6 is leading the way on affordable housing citywide with more than 1,500 affordable homes created in the last three years, and more than 2,100 affordable homes on the way -- many of them family-sized 2 or 3-bedroom units. That’s more than any other ward in our city, but it’s also not enough, and making affordable housing a continued priority is one of the reasons I am running for re-election. We must also be proactive in how public housing is reinvested.

At Greenleaf Gardens, I’ve led the effort to ensure a community isn’t displaced while we rebuild by using a Build First model to pave the way on how public housing reinvestment should take place. On H Street, I helped bring together neighbors to turn a project from partially affordable to 100 percent affordable housing. These kinds of projects are happening every day and I remain committed to ensuring that everyone who wants to can call Ward 6 home.

As Councilmember, I have:
• Helped create and fund one of the first-in-the-nation efforts to provide residents facing eviction an attorney to defend their rights and access to safe housing;

Brought neighbors together to collaborate on Ward 6’s short-term family housing site in Southwest as part of DC’s plan to close the DC General family shelter. With my leadership, the site will now have a new community health clinic operating there to serve both the families housed there and the surrounding Southwest community;

• Ensured full funding of the District’s largest affordable housing tool, the Housing Production Trust Fund, to create and preserve affordable housing. Last year the fund was set for more than $100 million in annual spending on affordable housing;

• Created the Safe At Home program to help seniors and neighbors with disabilities to modify their homes. So far, more than 1,000 projects funded through this program have helped DC residents age-in-place so they can stay in their homes longer;

Working to ensure that residents of our public housing are living in humane conditions by collaborating with DC Housing Authority and public housing leadership to address repairs


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