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Advocacy Groups Urge D.C. Council To Restore Funding To Housing Production Trust

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D.C. council members took $18 million out of the Housing Production Trust Fund to pay for other things -- money that's supposed to help low-income tenants purchase buildings.
Sabri Ben-Achour
D.C. council members took $18 million out of the Housing Production Trust Fund to pay for other things -- money that's supposed to help low-income tenants purchase buildings.

With a tight budget this year, the mayor and D.C. council members took $18 million out of the Housing Production Trust Fund to pay for other things. That money is supposed to help tenants purchase their buildings instead of having to be forced out if the property is sold to developers.

Farah Fosse of the Latino Economic Development Corporation says it's not enough for officials just to say they support the program.

"It's supported but really the council, the mayor need to put the money where their mouth is and really make sure that there is funding to make this happen," she says.

Council Chairman Kwame Brown says budget cuts forced the council to use the money to fund a rent supplement program.

"I look forward to making sure that money is restored in September when our new revenues come in," he says.

Brown does say restoring the trust's funding is depended on how much revenue comes in, so it’s anything but certain at this point.

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