Elissa Silverman wants to rout vacant and blighted properties from D.C., especially those that are owned by the District and concentrated in low-income neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.
On March 1, I released my Transition Report to detail my legislative agenda. Days later, I began working to unravel the early childhood development crisis in the District. As a new father, I have been astounded by how much my infant daughter, Madison, learns each day. Watching her grow in her first months made me realize how vital the early months and years are for our children’s development, and that if we are going to cut away at the enormous academic achievement gap and meet parents’ need in the midst of a baby boom, we need to invest more in our children’s most critical learning years.
Conditions at more than 8,000 public housing units that accommodate roughly 20,000 D.C. residents could further decline if the federal government decides to proceed with an initial budget prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The bill, introduced by At-large Council member Robert White with the support of all other members, was passed without discussion on Tuesday afternoon. White introduced the bill on Jan. 24, four days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Under Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Department of Housing and Community Development has made record investments in affordable housing. Already this year, DHCD has allocated half of the money in the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund—or roughly $50 million—toward affordable projects.
Advocates are pressing elected officials to appropriate more than $17 million toward targeted housing and human services for the District’s chronically homeless as Mayor Muriel Bowser prepares a budget to send to the D.C. Council in early April.
Introduction Date: Feb 21, 2017 Introduced by: Councilmembers R. White, Nadeau, Grosso, Bonds, and Todd Bill Summary: As introduced, this bill gives a preference to certified business enterprises who apply for the registration of a medical marijuana facility. Click here to view updates.
The Chief Financial Officer recently released the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which shows that the District is in its strongest ever financial state. However, we face a great risk if we do not address the growing income gap and shrinking middle class. That is why I sent a letter to Mayor Bowser asking her to include in her budget request funding for education initiatives, affordable housing, and job opportunities. This is how we bridge the gap for those who are being left behind.
Introduction Date: Feb 21, 2017 Introduced by: Councilmembers R. White, Nadeau, and Todd Bill Summary: As introduced, this bill provides for the issuance of parking permits to small businesses that are based in the District, have only one location and ten or less employees, and do not have controlled parking. Home-based businesses are excluded and…
On Jan. 28 the Washington D.C., VA Medical Center held a Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Volunteers from over 60 community organizations and government agencies volunteered their time and service, transforming the medical center into a one-stop shop and resource haven for veterans in immediate and imminent need.