All Souls Unitarian Church hosted the 6th Annual Tenant Townhall on Saturday, May 18th. Over 250 tenant advocates showed strength in number by gathering to make their voices heard expressing housing concerns to local government officials. Latin American Development Association (LEDC) intentionally planned this event with the support of the Coalition of Nonprofit Housing and Economic Developement (CNHED). . . . → Read More: DC Tenants-You Rock!
Manna joined with CNHED and other groups across the Continuum of Housing to advocate at the DC City Council for various affordable housing and economic development needs on Monday, April 13th. Our very own Marilyn Philips, was one of the main speakers. She eloquently shared with a full room about what a difference the . . . → Read More: CNHED Hosts Meaningful Advocacy Day
While downpayment costs have historically required 3-3.5% of the buyer, 20% downpayment requirements are being considered. On face value, it seems logical to some to require more of an upfront commitment on behalf of the buyers. However, deeper investigation shows African American, Latino and low-to-moderate income persons would need anywhere from 20-30 years to be able to save up enough money to purchase a home. . . . → Read More: Wealth Divide Update: 20% Downpayment Requirement?
HPAP has a lower foreclosure rate than the regional average, due to homeowner training provided by non-profits. Homeownership stabilizes neighborhoods and helps break the cycle of poverty by building generational wealth. The Home Purchase Assistance Program helps DC residents realize these benefits by helping low-to-moderate income families become home owners. . . . → Read More: Anacostia River Reality Champions HPAP
6th Annual Tenant Town Hall Saturday, May 18th All Souls Unitarian Church 1500 Harvard St. NW (16th and Columbia Rd. NW, 3 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro) 1-2 p.m.-Speak With DC Housing Agencies 2-4 p.m.-Town Hall presentations by residents!!! (*Including Manna’s own Marilyn Philips!)
For more information contact LEDC: 202-540-7437
. . . → Read More: Affordable Housing Advocacy Days!!!!
The Kojo Nnamdi Show featured a piece on those waiting for affordable housing today. It captures a meaningful conversation between the Executive Director of the DC Housing Authority, Adrianne Todman; the Executive Director of the Coalition for CNHED, Robert Polman and Rebecca Lindhurst, Attorney at Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic.
This thoughtful dialogue is . . . → Read More: Waiting for Affordable Housing
On Thursday, March 28th DHCD had one of several Community Needs Assessment meetings in Ward 5. Manna submitted the following written testimony outlining homeownership needs across the District highlighting the importance of providing economic advancement through reducing the restriction timeframe and advocacting for land/property banking in depressed neighborhoods.
Positive Developments for Homeownership Policy
. . . → Read More: Depressed Neighborhoods Need 5-year Resale Restrictions
Check out the affordable housing fund allocations included in Mayor Gray’s recent budget release! Sometimes we rally our advocacy voices and wonder if all of our time, energy and efforts are worthwhile. This week we can see the tangible results of housing funds allocated for fiscal years 2013-2014. . . . → Read More: Mayor allocates affordable housing dollars
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development
Hosts a Series of Community Needs Assessment Hearings
Michael P. Kelly, Director of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), announces a series of public hearings on “Housing and Community Development Needs in the District of Columbia”. The hearing . . . → Read More: Community Needs Assessment Hearings with DHCD
The report can be located by following this link: Housing Task Force Report. Please take time to read the report! If you pay close attention you’ll see pictures of Manna’s very own folks on page 3 of the report: Eugene Griffin, Billy Hart, Sarah Scruggs and Robert Cooke are all pictured at top of the page! . . . → Read More: Housing Task Force Report Released