Everyone deserves safe, dignified, affordable housing.
That’s the motivation behind all of our housing work. It sounds simple, but in a rapidly growing, rapidly gentrifying city, many DC residents aren’t guaranteed that right. In the past decade, over half of DC’s affordable housing has disappeared.
We’re working on several different projects to defend all DCers’ rights to a home. Learn more about our affordable housing work below, and get involved by emailing Sarah Novick, our Affordable Housing Organizer, for more information.
Our Community Organizer, Sarah Novick, leads JUFJ’s efforts on affordable housing, and she’s always looking for volunteers. If you're interested in being an active part of our housing work, email her at email@example.com to get plugged in.
Here's what we are working on in 2017
For the first half of the new year, JUFJ focused on and organized around the FY 2018 DC budget process. We fought for the funding necessary to support homeless services and affordable housing preservation and construction, as well as the allocations needed to get Universal Paid Leave up and running ASAP.
As in years past, the advocacy, organizing, and direct service communities have an uphill battle awaiting us. It is always challenging to ensure that a sufficent amount of the budget is devoted to supporting the most vulnerable, lowest-income residents in DC. But this is also an area where we've also achieved major and important progress.
This year may be especially difficult, however, because of the incoming administration's threats to cut federal funding of sanctuary cities like DC. Since the District receives almost a quarter of its overall budget from the federal government, we are very concerned about what might happen if that money disappears, and the Mayor is forced to reallocate District revenue.
So, we've teamed up with the Fair Budget Coalition, DC Fiscal Policy Institute and MANY other advocacy, organizing, and direct service organizations on a campaign to increase DC's revenues AND delay the implementation of certain tax cuts. Please join us!
Learn more from our partners
Housing policy is never the simplest campaign, because there are so many players and so many wonky details. If you want to learn more about why this work is critically important, here are some resources. (Of course, you don’t need to be a housing expert to understand that everybody deserves a home.)
- Learn more about DC’s affordable housing crisis in this great article (with charts!) by Claire Zippel, now of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
- Read a Housing and Homelessness Fact Sheet from the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development’s (CNHED) Housing For All Campaign.
- DC zoning laws are changing! Familiarize yourself with Inclusionary Zoning, which will increase the availability of affordable housing in DC.
- Watch Tenants Rights 101 videos put together by the Latino Economic Development Center.
- Empower DC also has awesome videos about how to be an Affordable Housing advocate