Equipping Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities.
Though they are often hard fought battles, advocacy victories help level the playing field for low- to moderate-income residents and communities. Take a look at some of our recent advocacy successes.
In May 2012, LEDC worked with partner organizations in the District of Columbia to successfully advocate for the restoration of $25 million for key housing and small business development programs in the District’s FY13 budget. Key restorations include $18 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund, $2.5 million to DC’s Home Purchase Assistance Program, and $1.8 million to DC’s Small Business Technical Assistance Program.
Tenants in the District of Columbia launched efforts in 2007 to improve housing conditions at apartment buildings city-wide. These efforts, announced at LEDC’s annual Tenant Town Hall, led to major victories for DC residents – including the right to sue landlords in court for refusing to fix housing code violations and the creation of DCRA’s proactive housing code inspections program.
In April 2012, the Council voted to invest $66 million of public resources to jumpstart the redevelopment of Wheaton’s downtown while taking important steps to ensure the fair redevelopment of Wheaton due to the advocacy efforts of the Coalition.
To position the existing community to benefit, the Council called for:
Do you think this work is important? Are you excited about these successes? Donate today to help us sustain these advocacy efforts into the future that put community members in the drivers seat.