For many DC renters and small business owners, many have been working up to and preparing for today’s big day at the Wilson building.
At 2 pm, members of the DC community will testify at the FY13 budget oversight hearing for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development as well as rally with the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) for Housing for All outside the Wilson building at 6 pm. More than 40 residents and community advocates have signed up to testify and call for restoration of funding to key programs, including the Housing Production Trust Fund, the Small Business Technical Assistance Program, and the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).
2012 started out strong as the grassroots tenant movement began priming itself for the 2013 budget season. In January, LEDC teamed up with CNHED for a five-week training course with community residents to improve their advocacy skills. The training included topics such as Advocacy Basics, Creating and Giving Testimony, Relationship Building and Utilizing the Media. More than 25 tenant leaders participated in the training to strengthen their involvement and impact during the hearing process.