Increasing Access to Affordable Housing

Click here to read the details of Linda's plan to create and protect affordable housing

One of the characteristic strengths of our city is that it has embraced diversity and offered an opportunity for residents of all walks of life to call the District of Columbia their hometown. In order to ensure the viability and sustainability of our city's inclusive culture, we cannot allow opportunities for homeownership to wane in the face of economic growth.

I want to put my experience to work for the people who grew up here and want to raise their children here so they can keep deep roots in the city. As our city grows, we can build on our progress and increase options for affordable housing.

Those who provide some of the most important services to our city teachers, police officers, fire fighters and nurses should have an opportunity to live and in the community they serve. That's why I'm providing responsible workforce housing initiatives, which will provide incentives for developers to build affordable housing and offer benefits and assistance to help those who serve the District buy homes.

We need to change the way that we think about affordable housing in the District, where currently, a minimum-wage earner would have to work 24 hours a day to make an average rent payment.

When I am Mayor, my administration will:

GREATLY INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

•  Demand a one-to-one match that requires developers to replace any unit of affordable housing reduced through new development

•  Reserve corridors and neighborhoods in the city so that primarily affordable housing is produced in those areas, and allowing the Mayor the opportunity to appoint areas of the city with this designation as needed

CREATE A ROBUST WORKFORCE HOUSING PROGRAM

•  Create a down-payment assistance and mortgage buy-down program for teachers, public safety employees and nurses

•  Create opportunities to utilize new development, school and government property to produce workforce-specific housing, including housing reserved for police officers, teachers and nurses.

ENGAGE DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN PLANNING FOR AND CREATING MIXED INCOME HOUSING

•  Expand the first-time homebuyer program to provide education, counseling and assistance through partnership with ANCs and other community organizations

Ensure a truly inclusionary planning process that allows all residents of the city to determine what is best for their community

Click here to read the details of Linda's plan to create and protect affordable housing.

 

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