Join ONE DC and Justice First as we stand with tenants at Congress Heights and throughout DC in solidarity with renters across the country, Thursday September 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM, at 3200 13th Street SE next to the Congress Heights Metro Station.
Renters in the nation’s Capitol and across the country are under attack. Private property owners are pushing out low-income renters through harassment and intentionally allowing housing conditions to become unsafe and unlivable. Rent hikes displace thousands of tenants and deplete the little existing affordable housing every month while more condominiums and luxury rentals continue to be built. Public housing continues to dispose of residents and affordable, family-sized rental units in the name of privatization. And desperately needed subsidies and housing vouchers are closing their doors to new applicants, leaving renters vulnerable, homeless, and worse.
The Department of Housing and Community Development must take control of 3200 13th Street SE from the current owners to prevent known slum landlords and developers from gaining site control to move forward with their development plan in which they seek to displace Congress Heights tenants. Affected residents at Congress Heights and the larger neighborhood must be given priority as to determining alternative plans to create the affordable housing originally intended for the site in a manner that is beneficial to and determined by the community. Additionally, DHCD must take action to recuperate the missing $1 million from the owners of 3200, and commit to reinvesting it back into the development of 3200 to create much needed income-based affordable housing on the property as was originally intended.
The time is now: renters in DC and across the country are in crisis, and it is up to all of us to take action! #RenterPower
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(View the National Renters Day of Action event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751663815045737/)