We support $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund

May 19, 2015

Thanks to the over 100 organizations and hundreds of individuals who signed on to support the Housing Production Trust Fund! We have shared the letter and your names with the DC Council and will continue to encourage them to invest in the Trust Fund and other affordable housing programs at our Advocacy Day and on the budget vote day May 27. Download the full letter with organizations and individual signatures here

Dear Members of the Council of the District of Columbia,

Fund $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund this year.

The DC Council should continue to lead the District to invest in affordable homes in our communities. As you make final decisions on the District’s budget, we urge the Council to affirm the commitment made in the Housing Production Trust Fund Baseline Funding Amendment Act of 2014 and ensure $100 million remains in the Housing Production Trust Fund in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

Since 2002, the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) has been providing affordable homes to thousands of District residents. Unfortunately, it has not had consistent funding during that time, and the ability of the Housing Production Trust Fund to keep affordable homes in our communities and build new ones has waxed and waned. With housing costs rising and District residents forced to leave, pay more than half their income in rent, or seek services from our homeless shelter system, we urge the Council to ensure that the District invests in developing and preserving affordable homes.

The Housing Production Trust Fund is key to the preservation and development of homes District residents can afford.

  • It has produced and preserved over 8,500 affordable homes across every ward in the District. There are over 3,400 more affordable homes in the pipeline with Trust Fund commitments.
  • HPTF funds the creation and preservation of a Continuum of Housing including affordable rental, homeownership, cooperatives, and supportive housing in all eight wards.
  • All funds directed to HPTF in previous budgets have already been committed to affordable homes in projects that have been assessed by DHCD.
  • HPTF is crucial to meet the District’s long-term goals of addressing homelessness through permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless and providing affordable units for homeless individuals and families.
  • Funding from HPTF is used to purchase and rehab deeply affordable and federally subsided buildings.
  • A successful preservation strategy relies on HPTF to keep District residents in their homes and keep costs low in the long term.

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, call on the Council to invest $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • 1919 Calvert Street Tenants’ Association
  • 5741 Colorado Cooperative LCA
  • 930,940,960 Randolph Street NW Tenant Association
  • AARP DC
  • All Souls Church
  • Anacostia Economic Development Corporation
  • Answer Title and Escrow
  • Aspen Court Tenant Association
  • Audubon Enterprises
  • Brightwood Gardens Cooperative
  • Brookland Tenant Association
  • Calvary Women’s Services
  • Capitol Hill Village
  • Central Union Mission
  • City First Homes
  • Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
  • Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Community Connections, Inc.
  • Community Preservation and Development Corporation
  • Cornerstone, Inc.
  • D.C. Catholic Conference
  • D.C. Coalition for Housing Justice, Inc.
  • D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center
  • Dance Visions of Art Non-Profit
  • Dantes Partners
  • DC Advocates for the Arts
  • DC Coalition for Housing Justice, Inc.
  • DC Fair Budget Coalition
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute
  • DC Hunger Solutions
  • DC Statehood Green Party
  • Development Corporation of Columbia Heights
  • Elia Law Group, PLLC
  • Emory Beacon of Light, Inc.
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Fort Steven Tenant Association
  • GCS, Inc.
  • Girard House LLC
  • Good Faith Communities Coalition
  • Green Door
  • Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC, Inc.
  • Harkins Builders, Inc.
  • Health Leads
  • HIPS
  • Holbrock Estates | PAAVEmgmt
  • Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  • Hope and a Home
  • Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
  • Housing Options & Planning Enterprises, Inc.
  • Housing Protection Home Fund
  • Hyacinth’s Place
  • Jefferson Homestead People United Tenants Association
  • Jews United for Justice
  • Joseph Development Inc.
  • Jubilee Housing
  • Justice Advocacy Alliance
  • Klein Hornig LLP
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • LeadingAge DC
  • Liz Bramlet Consulting, LLC
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Luzon Tenant Association
  • Madre Tierra Collective
  • Manna Inc.
  • Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO
  • Mi Casa Inc.
  • Miriam’s Kitchen
  • N Street Village
  • National City Christian Church
  • National Housing Trust
  • New Community Land Trust
  • NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corp
  • Open Arms Housing, Inc.
  • People for Fairness Coalition
  • PFFC Downtown DC Public Restroom Committee
  • Positive Force DC
  • PPS, LLC
  • Riggs Plaza Tenants Association
  • Sarah’s Circle
  • Seabury Resources for Aging
  • SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat)
  • Somerset Development Company
  • Southeast Ministry
  • Statehood Green Party
  • THC Inc.
  • The Black Swan Academy
  • The New Capitol Park Towers Tenants Association
  • The Way Home
  • Tyler House Tenant Organization
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400
  • University Legal Services
  • Urban Focus
  • Victory Housing, Inc.
  • Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF)
  • Washington Business Group
  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Washington Peace Center
  • WC Smith
  • We Are Family Senior Outreach Network
  • Western Presbyterian Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Woodbury Fund
  • Young Leaders in Affordable Housing

 

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