Ward 4 Residents Speak Out and Highlight Affordable Housing Needs at Town Hall Meeting

February 28, 2012

Over 1,800 residents attended Mayor Gray’s One City Summit and ranked affordable housing as the number one issue facing the District of Columbia. Many of these people live in Ward 4 where long-time residents struggle to find safe, decent, affordable housing. Last year, D.C. has cut affordable housing by $20 million, decreasing the amount available to develop, renovate, and subsidize housing. At the Housing For All Campaign’s Housing Town Hall, residents will speak from their personal experience on
the increasing difficulty to find housing that is both safe and affordable. Residents will call on the District government to make affordable housing more available to meet the needs of Ward 4 residents.

WHO: The Ward 4 Housing Town Hall is co-sponsored by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), as well as THC –Housing Families, Transforming Lives which provides supportive housing to homeless residents and those at risk of homelessness in Ward 4 and around the city. The Town Hall is part of CNHED’s Housing for All Campaign which promotes a full Continuum of Housing to meet the housing needs of all residents of the District of Columbia.

WHEN: February 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th
Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
WHY: “I look forward to hearing the thoughts and opinions of Ward 4 residents and community leaders as we focus on finding the resources and political will to create more affordable housing in the District.” Polly Donaldson, Executive Director, THC-Housing Families, Transforming Lives.

“As an adult, I’ve always lived in Petworth. My community is a multicultural community with people who are low-income, fixed-income, seniors, families, and disabled. All of these people need to have affordable housing.” Juanita McKenzie, Petworth resident

Source: CNHED Media Advisory

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