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Affordable Housing & Ending Homelessness

As economic development and gentrification in the District grows, long-time residents and those with low incomes increasingly struggle with the city’s high and rising housing costs. The disappearance of affordable housing in DC, particularly for larger families, puts enormous stress on family budgets and leaves many at risk of eviction and homelessness. This stress is disproportionately felt by Black and brown residents. In addition, about 90 percent of people in public housing — much of which is in poor condition — and 85 percent of individuals experiencing homelessness in the District are Black. Adequate affordable housing is a racial justice issue and city leaders should make the investments necessary to reduce housing costs and ensure homelessness is brief, rare, and nonrecurring.

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Summary: Bringing It All Home: How DC Can Become the First Major City to End Chronic Homelessness and Provide Higher-Quality Services

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Report

Bringing it All Home: How DC Can Become the First Major City to End Chronic Homelessness and Provide Higher-Quality Services

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Testimony

Council Must Invest in Affordable Housing Preservation to Prevent Displacement

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Issue Experts

Kate Coventry

Kate Coventry

Deputy Director of Legislative Strategy

kcoventry@dcfpi.org
Eliana Golding

Eliana Golding

Senior Policy Analyst

egolding@dcfpi.org

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