Legislation Would Limit Special Interest Influence in District Elections, Restore Balance of Power to Everyday Residents
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.
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.
Four years ago, WMATA came up with an idea to add faster bus service to 14th Street NW in DC. It didn’t work at the time, but the idea is back, and this time riders and neighbors are working to make sure it happens. Five DC Councilmembers have recently promised promised to fight for the necessary funding.
Four Black members of the District of Columbia City Council will preside over key committees in the latest session.