League urges sufficient funding to for affordable housing and to end chronic homelessness in DC.

Letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser

March 8, 2017

Dear Mayor Bowser,

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia has held a position encouraging the District to make a strong commitment to provide and finance affordable housing since 1978. Because we believe economically, culturally and racially diverse residential communities should be encouraged in all areas of the city, we were happy to see you calling for affordable housing in all wards of the District. 

I am writing today to voice our support of the call from The Way Home for you to include $17.4 million to house 1,300 of our most vulnerable residents.  Their budget request includes the following: 

  • $8.5 million in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to house 535 individuals 

  • At least $5.2 million for Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH) to house 425 individuals 

  • At least $3.7 million in Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) to house 343 individuals. 

In addition, they are asking that the new budget allocate sufficient funds to end chronic homelessness for families. If we are truly committed to ending homelessness in our city, it is important that we plan realistic funding to meet the needs.  It is not enough to express a social goal, we must also be willing to commit the funds to make our goal a reality. 

Recently, we joined many other organizations in calling for the use of our very large surplus to meet some of our social goals.  We urge you to budget these funds to create housing for our residents in need.  

Sincerely, 

Linda Beebe, President of League of Women Voters, District of Columbia  

cc:  Members of the LWV DC Board of Directors; Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee LWVDC