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Check out CNHED’s blog on the very successful Housing for All Rally! We will post pictures and video soon.

Approximately 150 people filled the marble steps outside the Wilson building Tuesday night in defense of government programs that support affordable housing in the District of Columbia at the “Housing for All” rally sponsored by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, the Latino Economic Development Corporation, and Save Our Safety Net.

“We want to make sure that our government knows that each of these programs are crucial to meet the housing needs of our city and that all of these programs need to be fully funded,” said CNHED’s Elizabeth Falcon.

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Where will we sleep if affordable housing programs get cut?

As an active supporter of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development’s Continuum of Housing Campaign, the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) invites you to bring pillows, blankets, and signs to the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) tonight, May 3rd, at 6 pm for the Housing for All Rally!

LEDC will join allies and DC residents to call upon the DC Council to restore funding for affordable housing programs in the District. Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget cuts funding to key programs, including the Local Rent Supplement Program, Housing First, and the Housing Production Trust Fund – a major source of local funding for affordable housing.

The $18 million cut to the Housing Production Trust Fund threatens the ability of renters in the District to keep their housing affordable by exercising their legal right as tenants to purchase their apartment buildings when they are put up for sale. Since September 2010, tenants have received offers of sale at more than 70 buildings citywide – totaling more than 2500 units.

Given tenants use monies in the Trust Fund to help them purchase, tenant purchase will cease to be an option for low- to moderate-income renters if funding is not restored.

“Tenant purchase is one of the most powerful tools we have in the District to preserve and improve affordable housing and prevent displacement,” says LEDC Lead Tenant Organizer Anna Duncan. “Through tenant purchase, thousands of low to moderate-income residents have become homeowners and taken control over the future of their housing.”

Recent studies show that renters in the Washington area are struggling. According to a new Harvard University study released last week, the share of renters in the area spending more than half of their income on rent shot up to 21.5 percent in 2009 from 15.9 percent in 2000. The Washington Post reported last December that rents had reached their highest level in more than 20 years.

To download the event flier, click here.

What: Housing for All Rally
Where: Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue)
When: Tuesday, May 3, 6 pm
What to Bring: Pillows, blankets, and signs as we ask our elected officials: Where will we sleep if affordable housing programs get cut?