Residents Rally Against Cuts to Housing Programs
WI Staff Writer | , Joseph Young | 5/3/2012, 11:12 a.m.
The demonstrators also heard from D.C. Council members who explained their policy proposals to create more units of affordable housing.
The speakers included Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1); Marion Barry (D-Ward 8); Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7); and Michael Brown (I-At-Large).
Brown said he welcomes new residents but not at the expense of existing residents.
"...Yes, we love the expansion of growth, economic development here in our city. We love the new residents that are coming in everyday to our city," Brown said. "But that doesn't mean that we have to kick out the folks who have been here for a long time to make room for the new folks," he said.
"[There has to be] the political will to [make sure] there are resources behind affordable housing."
Brown, who said he is currently floating a plan with Council colleagues to halt cuts to the Housing Production Trust Fund, also said there are not enough affordable housing units.
Bowers also addressed the crowd.
"Housing for All!" "Housing for All!" "Housing for All!" Bowers chanted. "The mayor should know better than to send down a budget that does not provide real money for all of D.C's residents."
As if on cue, Sheptock shouted, "We are not going to end this fight until housing is a human right."