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More than 70,000 names (for individuals and families) are on the DCHA wait list for affordable housing programs.
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More than 70,000 names (for individuals and families) are on the DCHA wait list for affordable housing programs.

About 20 to 30 people rallied outside the District's Housing Authority on Friday in an outcry for more local funds for affordable housing.

Roosevelt George was one of the individuals protesting. He is 60 years old, and was laid off from an auto repair shop a year-and-half ago He now lives in a shelter.

"Being used to having things and to have that pulled out from under you... I mean, it kind of depressed me for a long time," he says.

Janelle Treibitz of the Fair Budget Coalition, says that George is just one of 70,000 individuals and families who are on the D.C. Housing Authority's waitlist for affordable living assistance.

"The housing authority can't even do anything about it because they don't have the resources and that's why we're turning to the City Council and saying, 'it's in your hands now.'"

Last February, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he plans to allocate $100 million in local funds for affordable housing, but the City Council hasn't voted on yet on the measure. Meanwhile, DCHA spokeswoman Dena Michaelsen, says the agency recently suffered cut backs of $1 million per month due to the sequestration.

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