Jewish sacred texts recognize that having safe, stable housing is key to a healthy society, and we know that it is key to reducing racial inequities. All people, regardless of income, race, or immigration status, should have access to dignified homes, but public housing residents and advocates have testified before the DC Council for years about mismanagement at DC Housing Authority (DCHA). Residents have shared hundreds of stories about horrifying living conditions, closed waitlists, mismanagement, scandal, and high staff turnover.
DC Council’s Committee on Housing and Executive Administration is responsible for oversight of DCHA as well as many other aspects of housing in DC. However, as residents’ experience and the recent report from HUD make clear, the current chair of the committee is fundamentally failing at this task.
Today, together with more than a dozen partners, we are asking the Council to appoint new leadership to the Housing Committee. Please join us by sending a letter to the Council right now.
Right now is a key time to speak up for a new Housing Committee chair. Between now and the end of December, the Council will make committee assignments for the next term beginning in January.
More than a dozen organizations — DC Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Bread for the City, Legal Aid Society, Brookland Manor Brentwood Village Residents Association, Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association, Sunrise DC, DC for Democracy, Metro DC DSA, Claudia Jones School for Political Education, Jews United for Justice, and Sanctuary DMV — are united in this call for action.
The Housing Committee’s failure to competently perform its role is a matter of race, gender, and class injustice. The majority of public housing residents are Black, and DCHA’s failures disproportionately impact Black residents, particularly Black women and children. Send a letter to the Council right now asking for a new chair of the Housing Committee before December ends.