CANDIDATES SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL DO IF ELECTED. ELECTED OFFICIALS ACT…..
HYPOTHERMIA SEASON HAS BEGUN. TEN FAMILIES APPLIED FOR SHELTER ON THE FIRST NIGHT…..
In a questionnaire that Good Faith distributed to all mayoral candidates in the 2014 Democratic primary in April, the candidates were asked:
“What would you do as Mayor to strengthen the District’s safety net in a way that provides stability for the poor and vulnerable and is also cost effective and financially supportable over the long term?”
“I will protect the Housing Production Trust Fund by fully funding it with at least $100 million each budget year. I will also provide housing assistance to families who need help filling the gap between what is reasonable to spend on housing and the market rate. I will fully fund the two best programs we have to do this—Rapid-Rehousing and the Local Rent Supplement Program—and work with our providers and advocates to make sure these important programs are optimized. These programs are far more cost effective than renting motel rooms for families.”
JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE - Faith communities in the District are signing a Resolution that will result in a COVENANT to be presented to the new mayor in January:
The undersigned congregations shall:
- support actively public efforts and programs to provide temporary and permanent affordable housing to all in need;
- monitor aggressively the progress of such programs and focus public attention on any shortcomings;
- work energetically with other organizations and individuals to deepen awareness and broaden participation in the reduction of homelessness;
- continue to be forcefully engaged in efforts to reduce the plight of families, children and individuals who are homeless in the District of Columbia.
The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall:
- make the issues of homelessness and affordable housing for families, children and individuals a priority in each year of the administration;
- define priority status to include comprehensive program planning, timely implementation, on-going evaluation, public reporting on progress and funding adequate to the needs.