DC Residents, Nonprofits and Activists Assemble to Protest Budget Cuts to Vital Affordable Housing Programs

May 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed FY 2012 budget for the District of Columbia
includes severe cuts to crucial affordable housing programs and creates new policies which significantly
cripple the District’s ability to meet the needs of low-income residents for years to come. The Coalition for
Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development along with partner organizations, residents and
community activists will join together outside the John A. Wilson Building and demand the D.C. Council
restore funding to these vital programs. The rally will include testimony from residents impacted by
program cuts. Those in attendance are asked to bring pillows, blankets and signs to ask city leaders,
“Where will people sleep if there is no affordable housing?”
Two of the most significant changes in the Mayor’s proposed budget would be a cut of $18 million from
the Housing Production Trust Fund — the main source for affordable housing construction and renovation
—and a halt in funding any new units or vouchers through the Local Rent Supplement Program. LRSP is
the main tool the District has to make housing affordable to DC’s very low-income residents, or those
making less than $30,000 a year. The FY 2012 budget would stop funding for any additional units and
change the program so that as families leave, no new families can join.

WHO: The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Latino Economic
Development Corporation, Save Our Safety Net

WHAT: Housing for All Rally

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.

DETAILS: Immediately preceding the Housing for All Rally, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and
Economic Development and other affordable housing advocates will testify at the D.C.
Council budget hearings for the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, D.C. Department of
Housing and Community Development and D.C. Housing Authority. The budget hearings
will all be held in Room 412

Source: CNHED Media Advisory

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