Why you should come to the Housing For All Rally

January 28, 2014

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The Housing For All NOW Rally will be held Saturday, February 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW). Childcare and Spanish interpretation provided. See more details and RSVP. 

The Housing For All NOW Rally is coming up this Saturday. It’s the biggest housing event of the year, and I could tell you lots of reasons to come. I could give you 7 reasons – that’s how many elected officials have said they will attend: Mayor Gray, Chairman Mendelson, and five Councilmembers. But maybe you want more. Here are 7,000 reasons to come – that’s how many people were homeless in DC last winter. Or 70,000 reasons to come – that’s how many families have applied for affordable housing with the DC Housing Authority.

Don’t take it from me. Hear what other people have to say about why you should come:

I’m going to the rally on Saturday to show my support for affordable housing and to help end homelessness in DC. Last year’s rally was important because we brought attention to Council members around the issue of affordable housing and homelessness in DC. We showed, by the attendance of over 300 people, that affordable housing is important to the residents of DC and it showed the mayor that it was important to put $100 million into the Housing Production Trust Fund. By having the rally we were able to win that. We need to come out Saturday so that DC Mayor and the City Council hear us.
Juanita McKenzie, 930-940-960 Randolph Street Tenant Association

As a newcomer in DC, I’m concerned that lower-income long-term residents are being displaced to make room for people like me. I want DC’s leaders to know that I support investments that will allow everyone who wants to stay and prosper here.
Rob Wohl,  Housing For All Volunteer 

The Housing For All NOW Rally is a chance for us to shape the housing conversation in DC. Housing For All has had huge wins  by showing that District residents demand affordable housing.  I’ll be there because affordable housing is important to me, and the rally is an important way for us to make change.
Farah Fosse, Director of Housing Preservation, Latino Economic Development Center

And, once more reason from me. Come to the Housing For All NOW Rally to help us add 500+ voices to one message: We need affordable housing NOW. 

What does that look like? It means we need to invest in the housing programs that allow renters to become homeowners, make rent affordable, help tenants purchase, and provide homes for the homeless. It means making a plan and sticking to it: the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness has a plan to end chronic homelessness by 2020. DC government needs to follow the plan and make long-term homelessness history. And it means ensuring there’s $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund every year.  The Trust Fund is used to build new affordable housing, keep low-cost housing in neighborhoods across the District, and allows tenants to become the collective owners of their buildings. A strong Trust Fund equals strong neighborhoods.

That’s the message at the Housing For All NOW Rally. It’s going to take all of us to make sure our elected officials hear it loud and clear.  Join us on this Saturday, call for Housing For All NOW.
Elizabeth Falcon, Campaign Organizer

Video from last year’s Housing For All Rally. 

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