Protesters Rally For More Affordable Housing In D.C. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Protesters Rally For More Affordable Housing In D.C.

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

NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.