Issues

Housing

Where I Stand

We are living in a time of prosperity for the District, but far too many of our residents struggle with housing, homelessness, and displacement. Unless we preserve and build new affordable housing, the District’s growth will come at the expense of pushing out low-income families and people of color, particularly the communities that have made Ward 1 so vibrant and resilient. I’m fighting to create new affordable housing and preserve the affordable and family-sized housing we already have with a focus on our lowest income, most vulnerable families.

I believe in a “Yes, and” approach to housing. Creating market rate housing and the Inclusionary Zoning units that come with it are an important piece of the puzzle, but it is an incomplete solution. I’ve voted to fully fund the Housing Production Trust Fund, and I support Community Land Trusts, strengthened rent control, limited-equity cooperatives, and unique tools like the Tenant and District Opportunity to Purchase Act. All are essential components of our housing vision.

Examples of Ward 1 Affordable Housing Projects

Maycroft | 1474 Columbia Rd. NW

  • 64 low-income units (41 at 30% Area Median Income or below, 15 for formerly homeless families) developed by non-profit developer Jubilee Housing.
  • Ground floor support services to include a Family Resource Center, Child Development Center, and Teen Renaissance Center, with more than 30 full-time staff.

Portner Flats | 1440 V St. NW

  • 96 affordable units at 60% AMI or below, 48 of which are replacement units for Portner Place, a former Section-8 complex that was purchased under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).
  • Established a supportive services program for residents with $100k of seed funds.

The Wren | 965 Florida Ave

  • 126 affordable units (32 at 30% AMI and 94 at 50% AMI).
  • Creates 200-300 permanent jobs at the new Whole Foods.
  • Instead of spending tax dollars to build affordable housing, the city required the developer to build the affordable units using a Planned Unit Development (PUD) in exchange for a reduced price on the land.

Park Morton New Communities Initiative

  • 462 total units split between multiple sites.
    • 147 Public Housing and Senior Housing Replacement Units
    • 155 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Units up to 60% AMI
    • 160 Market Rate Units
  • 1:1 Replacement of current subsidized housing at Park Morton.
  • Ensured Right of Return for Park Morton Residents.
    • 82 units of Replacement Housing completed at The Avenue Apartments.
  • Enhanced facilities at the future Bruce Monroe Park.

What I've Done

  • Introduced and funded the Relocation Expenses Recoupment and Lien Authority Amendment Act, which allows the DC Office of Tenant Advocate to seek reimbursement from a landlord when the landlord’s negligence was responsible for displacement of a tenant.
     
  • Voted for $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund, which is used to build new affordable housing.
     
  • Secured two new full-time employees in the Office of the Tenant Advocate to protect the interests of renters.
     
  • Secured three additional inspectors at DCRA to better respond to illegal-construction complaints as well as speed up its processing of permits.
     
  • Voted for a tax reduction for first-time homebuyers to lower the one-time recordation tax on new home purchases in the District for the next five years. First-time homebuyers who earn 180% of the area median income (approximately $195,000) or below, are eligible.