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 Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) intentionally planned this event with the support of the Coalition of Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED).
Main concerns verbalized by DC tenants were the following:
- ensuring CNHED budget asks were met in the upcoming budget vote
- addressing mold issues within different buildings
- supporting dollars for tenants to become homeowners
- spreading the word about the Tenant’s Right to Purchase (TOPA) program.
Marilyn Philips, currently a tenant in Ward 8, was asked to speak in support of the Housing Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) and about her journey towards homeownership.
Throughout the entire event, the predominate theme was “DC Tenants, You Rock!” Tenants were truly celebrated for their accomplishments, rights and diversity. Interpretation was provided in Spanish, Amharic and Mandarin. This was a powerful demonstration of the tenants’ power, persistance, and collective voice across the Continuum of Housing!