In the last ten years, The DC Fiscal Policy Institute documented that District of Columbia has lost over half of its low-cost rental units.
· From 2000 to 2010, the average unsubsidized rent in DC skyrocketed from $735 to $1100.
· The typical low-income resident spends more than 63 percent of their income on housing.
· Over 30 percent of all moderate income residents, those who earn between $30,000 and $50,000, spend more than half of their income on rent.
· Over 25,000 DC residents are on the Section 8 waiting list.
The rent in DC is too damn high! The DC city government has a chance to do something about it. We are calling on them to act now.
We are students, recent college graduates, single parents with children, senior citizens on a fixed income, workers on low wages, we are struggling to make ends meet. And the number one cause of our financial strain is the LACK OF TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
We just learned that parcel 42 (located at 7th and r st nw) was originally supposed to be developed to house people like us, people who earn less than $50,000 a year. Now that promise is in jeopardy because our public officials don't believe it's important to investpublic dollars in our health and financial stability.
We believe Parcel 42 needs to mitigate, not aggravate, the housing crisis affecting our neighborhoods and our city. We demand that DC government & the Gray Administration commit to the values of One City: a city that is economically inclusive, diverse, and equitable by building truly affordable housing on Parcel 42.
ONE DC has in our name a value we ask you to join with us around – EQUITY! We organize for neighborhood equity – meaning balanced development that allows long-time residents to live in income and racially diverse neighborhoods that are vital and give everyone an equitable pathway to a decent and healthy life. We have an opportunity to balance development to be inclusive of low, moderate and high-income earners in exciting, bustling neighborhoods. However increasingly DC is becoming not ONE city but the tale of two cities: one increasingly affluent and welcomed and the other increasingly impoverished and displaced.
Over 30 percent of all moderate income residents, those who earn between $30,000 and $50,000, spend more than half of their income on rent. From 2000 to 2010, the average unsubsidized rent in DC skyrocketed from $735 to $1100.In the last ten years, District of Columbia has lost over half of its low-cost rental units. Over 25,000 DC residents are on the Section 8 waiting list. The typical low-income resident spends more than 63 percent of their income on housing.
This is not Equitable Development and it is Not Acceptable.
As early as 2005, ONE DC foresaw this dismal state of affordable housing. That is why ONE DC organized hundreds of DC residents to demand that the now vacant Parcel 42, located at 7th and R St NW, be developed into tiered and affordable rental housing. In 2007, ONE DC members and other Shaw stakeholders signed a community benefits agreement to ensure Parcel 42’s long-term and deep affordability. Sadly, Mayor Gray’s administration ignores this commitment and plans to develop Parcel 42 as a rental community that will be primarily affordable for households that earn $80,000 or more.
We believe units priced from households earning $80,000 or more is not truly affordable for the circumstances of recent graduates, young families, seniors living on a fixed income, long time residents of the neighborhood and many others.
We believe development in DC must be economically diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Instead, the District has seen an overdevelopment of high luxury apartment complexes and condominiums aimed at one economic class. New developments surrounding Parcel 42, including Progression Place, Jefferson Place at Market Square, and O Street Market, all reflect this trend.
We believe Parcel 42 needs to mitigate, not aggravate, the housing crisis affecting our neighborhoods and our city.
Therefore, we petition for the new development on Parcel 42 to be built as tiered and TRULY affordable for households that earn less than $50,000 a year. Such an action would provide a tangible and trustworthy commitment by the city government to truly living the values of One City: a city that is economically inclusive, diverse, and equitable.
*Figures & Statistics given are from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Original reports can be accessed at http://www.dcfpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/5-7-12-Housing-and-Income-Trends-FINAL.pdf & http://www.dcfpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2-5-10housing1.pdf