Housing is a human right. Everyone has a right to housing that is safe, dignified, affordable, and stable. But as more and more primarily white, middle- and upper-middle-class people move into DC, Black residents, residents of color, and lower income residents are being displaced from their homes.
While the District has some tenant legal protections, our history of intentionally discriminatory housing policies, redlining, and racial covenants have segregated communities. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, evictions in DC impacted 1 out of every 9 renting households, mostly in Black and low-income communities. Now, residents’ loss of household income threatens to give rise to an epidemic of evictions. Thousands of DC residents are on the brink of homelessness. We need to hold elected officials accountable for their promises to create affordable housing.
Safe and stable housing has far reaching economic, health, and social benefits to individuals, families, and communities, and is key to reducing racial inequities.
Housing Security Working Group
JUFJ’s Housing Security Working Group, which launched in February 2021, is working with coalitions such as the Fair Budget Coalition, Reclaim Rent Control, and The Way Home Campaign to advocate for equitable rent control protections, anti-eviction protections, and an increase in funding for housing programs for those experiencing homelessness, as well as the creation of affordable housing for families with low incomes. While these issues have always been vital, the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of them even more urgent. JUFJ, as part of broader coalitions, is following the lead of our partners to achieve more affordable, more available, and more secure housing for all.
Want to get more involved in the working group? Contact an organizer.
May 20 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Just Recovery DC coalition is hosting a People’s Hearing on Revenue. Tax justice is racial justice, and in order for DC to build back stronger than before, we need to raise new revenue. Join the hearing to hear from a range of DC residents who have been impacted by the pandemic as they tell ou…