On Saturday, November 16, over 100 Ward 8 residents spoke up for housing at the Ward 8 Housing Fair and Town Hall. They were able to meet with 20 nonprofit, business, and government agencies who could assist them in their housing challenges. In addition, Councilmember Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Councilmember Anita Bonds (At-Large) and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development Director Michael Kelly all voiced their support for affordable housing and took audience questions. We’ll share more take-aways from the Town Hall in a few days, but for now, here are some pictures and highlights:
City Leaders Support Affordable Housing – including $100 Million for Trust Fund
When asked directly if they supported $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund, all three government leaders stated and unqualified “Yes!” Both Councilmember Bonds and Councilmember Bowser stated that the $100 million committed to affordable housing by Mayor Gray and passed by the Council last year was just the tip of the iceberg.
Ward 8 Residents Deserve Housing They Can Afford
Residents spoke out in support of housing across the Continuum of Housing. Chearie Phelps-El spoke of her struggle to find housing after incarceration. She continues to struggle to find a permanent place to stay in addition to other barriers to reentry. Tawanda Clemons told the story of her commitment to being a good mom, and good neighbor, and working with her community to preserve her housing as affordable. And Marilyn Phillips spoke with excitement about becoming a new homeowner in Ward 8 at a property currently being renovated by Manna, Inc. Audience members cheered on commitments to affordable housing and told their own stories at a Speak Out after the town hall.
Take a look more pictures from the Ward 8 Town Hall HERE.