June 23, 2016 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing In the Community
The bad news is that DC’s housing crisis is way outpacing the city government’s political will to address it. The good news is that we’re organizing to change that.
This budget season, we joined other organizations in making modest asks which would have represented small dents in the city’s $13 billion budget. We won on some, and lost on others.
April 04, 2016 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing In the Community
Welcome to “Chairman’s Corner”, where our Board Chair, Paul Taskier, will write about a variety of topics that impact Bread for the City and indeed the community and nation at large. We invite you to Read, Enjoy and Share!
Economic viability in our society rests on three legs: education, employment, and housing. Of the three, having housing is arguably the most important. Without a place to live, achieving an education or retaining a job poses an almost insurmountable obstacle.
March 03, 2016 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing In the Community
Last night, Mayor Bowser held her third and final budget forum of 2016 in the complex of the Greenleaf public housing buildings, though few residents seemed to have been invited to the event. About a dozen Bread for the City clients (including Greenleaf residents), organizers, and allies attended the forum to demand more funding for affordable housing in the mayor’s FY 2017 budget.
According to the mayor’s own numbers, just 2% of DC’s $13 billion budget is spent on housing, despite wide agreement that DC is in a housing crisis. That’s about $280 million per year – just half of what the city spends on the police department.
February 05, 2016 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing Racial Justice
In the first decade of DC’s experiment with public housing redevelopment, at least two of the New Community Initiative’s (NCI) four guiding principles have repeatedly been left by the wayside: Build First, and the right of residents to return to their communities.
A functional Build First would keep residents in quality affordable housing near their original homes during redevelopment; Right to Return would mean no new barriers on their ability to come back.
After a Public Roundtable on these issues last week that was powerfully charged by Bread for the City leaders’ testimony, the DC Council appears to be getting serious about a vision of NCI that truly works for public housing residents.
On February 2nd, less than a week after a dozen Bread leaders and staff testified on NCI, the Council unanimously introduced a resolution to…
February 03, 2016 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing Racial Justice
Public housing residents filled the room to testify at the DC Council on January 28th about the ways the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) has betrayed them through neglect and dereliction of duty as a landlord.
Tenants noted systemic housing code violations like rodents, mold, leaking plumbing, and holes in ceilings and floors, as well as DCHA’s unwillingness to respond to requests for service. Residents also testified to the warm memories and positive communalism they’ve loved about their public housing neighborhoods at their best.
These stories came out at a Public Roundtable on the New Communities Initiative (NCI) held at the John A Wilson Building, where about a dozen Bread for the City client leaders and staff testified, many for the first time.
January 12, 2016 by BFC in Affordable Housing In the Community Social Services
In spring 2015, Kathleen Stephan, Community Resource and Quality Assurance Coordinator, began looking into why so many Bread for the City clients were suddenly struggling to obtain an ID. This blog series explores how the system disadvantages people of color living in poverty, and proposes possible improvements to policies that are currently preventing many DC residents from obtaining identification documents.
March 09, 2015 by BFC in Advocacy Affordable Housing In the Community
At her open house in February, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she would be hosting a series of three Budget Engagement Forums throughout the city.
The purpose of these forums was to let residents know about the proposed items in her budget, and also to hear directly from residents about what things they would like to see her prioritize.
The Food Department will be closed beginning, Mon March 20th until our Grand Reopening on Tues, April 18th. Our program is being restructured in order to serve you better. Additional food resources are available at our reception desk and on our website. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to serving you in our new spaces in April!
El Departamento de Alimentación permanecerá cerrado desde el lunes 20 de marzo hasta nuestra gran reapertura el martes 18 de abril. Nuestro programa se está reestructurando para poder servirle mejor. En la recepción y en nuestro sitio web encontrará recursos adicionales sobre alimentación. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión, estamos deseosos de servirles en nuestros nuevos espacios en abril.
የምግብ ክፍሉ ከሰኞ መጋቢት 20 ጀምሮ ዝግ ሆኖ፣ ማክሰኞ ሚያዝያ 18 በደማቅ ሁኔታ በድጋሚ ይከፈታል። እርስዎን በተሻለ ሁኔታ ለማገልገል ያስችለን ዘንድ ፕሮግራሞቻችን እንደ አዲስ እየተዋቀሩ ነው። ተጨማሪ የምግብ ግብዓቶች በእንግዳ መቀበያ ዴስኮቻችን እና በድረ ገጻችን ላይ ይገኛሉ። ስለ ትዕግስትዎ እና ስለ ግንዛቤዎ ምስጋና እናአቀርባለን እንድሁም በሚያዝያ ውስጥ በአዲሶቹ ክፍሎቻችን ውስጥ እርስዎን ለማገልገል በጉጉት እንጠባበቃለን!
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