Since taking office in January 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser has committed $100 million every year to Washington, D.C.’s Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF), more than any city per capita in the country.
At-Large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds has proposed a bill that would guarantee $120 million each year for the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund.
For Black women, and especially for those with low incomes or who are homeless, information about treating the symptoms or halting the spread of HIV has been lacking.
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.
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.