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We need YOU…to support our housing initiatives!

There is a crisis in our city–the displacement of thousands of long-time residents due to the destruction of affordable housing. To support those impacted by this crisis, Bread for the City created an ambitious housing advocacy campaign, aimed at engaging the communities in which we work to build a powerful base of voters, organizers, artists, and others to fight to create and preserve affordable housing in the District.

Leveraging this powerful base, the #Right2DC campaign supports grassroots leadership and is helping to create the political will necessary to rectify the conditions that perpetuate poverty in the District — starting with access to affordable housing.

Want to join the fight? Here are some upcoming opportunities for you to support affordable housing in DC!

May 3rd: DC Council budget oversight hearing on the Dept. of Human Services. A great opportunity to call for improvements or expansion of things like SNAP, TANF, shelter conditions, transitional housing, childcare services, emergency rental assistance, and homeless services.

May 4th: DC Council budget oversight hearing on the DC Housing Authority. This is the opportunity to get the Council to fund critical programs like creating new vouchers for the waitlist, improving the voucher lease-up system, doing public housing repairs, and more.

Also May 4th: the DC Council budget oversight hearing for Events DC, through which the city is giving $65 million to billionaire Ted Leonsis to build his Wizards practice facility and displace people from the St Elizabeth’s area. Great opportunity to testify about this!

May 11th: DC Council budget oversight hearing on the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. DMPED oversees the New Communities program, which is privatizing public housing at Barry Farm and threatens to displace residents in the process.

May 12th: DC Council hearing on the entire budget. Final opportunity to testify on anything in the city’s budget before the Council has its first vote on the budget on May 30th.

There will likely be other actions happening, so we encourage you to stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter and Facebook pages!

Please email organizers@breadforthecity.org if you have any questions or want to get involved. We hope you do!

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