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:
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