Category Archives: Budget

Updates from DC Council Budget Votes

From the DC Council – Councilmember Michael Brown proposed $25 million to support affordable housing. Plus, the Mayor and Councilmembers Kwame Brown and David Catania have agreed to fund Alliance (DC’s public health care program). Stay tuned for more updates on urgently-needed safety net services…

Washington Times: DC Council to Consider Backing Brown’s Plan

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A Day in the Strife: Showing our Councilmembers what it’s like on the poverty line

Kwame Brown greets the crowd

Councilmember Kwame Brown greets the crowd

Over 200 people – most of whom will be directly impacted by proposed budget cuts – descended upon the Wilson building yesterday, inviting the City Council to see what life is like for DC residents living in poverty. For more photos, visit our Facebook page (and give us a “like” while you’re there!)

We asked that the City Concil make our walk a little easier by fully funding safety net services, including services to victims of domestic violence, shelters for families and individuals, affordable housing, and family support services.

For a fraction of DC’s $9 billion budget, the city could fund essential public services. When there’s plenty of funding to go around, we shouldn’t have to choose between services like protecting injured workers and providing affordable housing.

  • A luxury tax of only 6 cents a drink would mean that families don’t have to sleep on the street.
  • Asking couples that together earn over $350,000 to pay their fair share would mean that victims of domestic violence would have a safe place to stay.
  • Using some of the $240 million surplus from last year, or the millions of dollars of surplus this year would mean that someone who was once homeless will have a place to call home.

    Councilmember Jim Graham also spoke with us

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One City (In Crisis) Summit

Thanks to everyone who came out to Monday’s One City (in Crisis) Summit! Over 140 DC residents attended to hear powerful speeches from community members, social workers, and Councilmembers.

However, the Mayor is days away from finalizing his budget – so it’s especially urgent to making our voices heard in demanding a just and inclusive budget.

Tomorrow, please plan to participate in a call-in day to Mayor Vincent Gray’s office to remind him that health, education, workplace supports, and public safety are essential to truly making One City a reality. With DC’s income inequality among the nation’s highest, now is not the time to cut safety net supports for the city’s most marginalized residents.

Here are Revenue Option recommendations from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute about ways DC can generate revenue for essential social services.

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