Archive for February, 2013

Daisia’s Vision (Youth 3rd Place)

February 26, 2013 • No Comments »

Daisia Williams is our youth third place winner. She is a student at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Daisia takes us through her vision for Housing For All with a short story that traces the steps of a young mother’s struggle for affordable housing.  You can read her story below: Housing for All: A Vision […]

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The Big Move (Youth Second Place)

February 25, 2013 • No Comments »

Our youth second place winner is Katherine Hernandez. She is an 11 year old student at Ceasar Chavez School of Public Policy.    She writes a short description about her families struggle for affordable housing when moving from a small cramped apartment into a home that was more accommodating for her family.    The Big […]

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Housing For All Poem (Youth First Place)

February 21, 2013 • No Comments »

Tyrone Lewis is our youth first place winner.  He is a 12 year with wisdom far beyond his years. Below you’ll find his poem where he talks about his family’s own struggle with affordable housing : “ I hope you like my poem because l worked really hard on it and also I am a […]

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Another Vision of Housing For All

February 20, 2013 • No Comments »

Our second place adult category winner is Eugene Sanford, a homeless advocate in DC. He walked the judges through his vision of housing for all with a poem addressing homelessness and the poor conditions of shelter in the DC area.  You can read his poem below:   What Is Your Vision of Housing For All […]

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A Vision For DC: A Possible City

February 14, 2013 • No Comments »

John “Mick” Matthews rounds up our adult category with his first place entry entitled: A Possible City. Matthews imagined DC as a place were homeless shelters are no longer needed because everyone had quality and decent housing.  Could you ever imagine such a perfect place? Continue reading below to find what other revolutionary ideas Matthew […]

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Working Toward a More Affordable City

February 12, 2013 • Comments Off on Working Toward a More Affordable City

In a district where the median rent for a home is nearly double that of the U.S. average — and the average home value is double the rest of the country’s — the term “affordable housing” can feel like an oxymoron (especially for those of us paying rents and mortgages here). As an umbrella organization […]

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Humming economy may give D.C. mayor opportunity to address affordable housing

February 6, 2013 • Comments Off on Humming economy may give D.C. mayor opportunity to address affordable housing

The District government, like most state and local governments, has spent the past four years in some degree of fiscal austerity — an environment of program cuts, tax increases, employee furloughs and hiring freezes. Now, boom times are undeniably back, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is set in his third State of the District […]

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$100 million new investment in affordable housing promised at State of the District Address

February 6, 2013 • Comments Off on $100 million new investment in affordable housing promised at State of the District Address

Last night, Mayor Gray announced a new plan to invest in affordable housing: a goal of building and preserving 10,000 units of affordable housing and a commitment of $100 million to that goal. The audience reacted with a standing ovation. They applauded the Mayor harder for that announcement than anything else in his speech. Most […]

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Housing Advocacy Training

February 4, 2013 • No Comments »

Do you want to speak out for affordable housing? Not sure how to tell your story? Want to meet other local housing advocates? Come to housing advocacy training! Each week we will focus on a new area of  how to speak out and tell your story. We will cover: giving testimony, talking to the media, […]

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