House affordability for residents is one of the greatest challenges facing our Ward, and our city. In Ward 2, the challenges of building additional housing in densely populated and historic neighborhoods means we cannot squander opportunities to build new housing when they present themselves. As an ANC Commissioner, I have worked with faith-based organizations, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and a private-developers to bring affordable, senior housing to Ward 2.  Because of my experience as an ANC Commissioner and my knowledge of in District Government operations; I know how to get things done. As your Ward 2 Councilmember I will rely on my knowledge and experience to:

 

  • I support the Council’s extension of rent control till 2030; however, I believe the city’s rent control law should be expanded to include apartment building built before 1995.
  • Develop a comprehensive city-wide strategy for how we should use publicly owned properties to address our housing shortage.
  • Create Public/Private Partnerships with faith-based institutions to leverage land or under-utilized surface parking lots to create new housing opportunities in Ward 2
  • Support increased dedicated funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund and allow these funds to be used to provide low interest loans and/or grants for residents to create Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and tiny houses on their property.
  • Support the strengthening of the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) to further assist tenants becoming homeowners through the purchase of their building.
  • I would use a significant portion of the District’s budget surplus to accelerate repairs of the 2,600 units of public housing that have fallen into disrepair.
  • Propose the creation of a city-wide amenities fund to be used to incentivize housing development in all Wards. These funds would be contingent on meeting housing production goals and could be used to build or modernize parks, recreation centers, libraries, or other amenities that would enhance the Ward.
  • Host a Ward 2 Affordable housing summit to include: DC Housing Finance Agency, Department of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Office of the Tenant Advocate, tenants, homeowners, housing advocates, and developers.
  • Create the office of Condominium and Co-op Ombudsman Office to mediate disputes between residents and their condo or co-op governing boards.
  • Increase penalties for voucher discrimination from landlords, and eliminate DC’s Reap Property Tax Sale.

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