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Mayor Bowser Directs $90 Million Toward 800 Affordable Housing Units, 1/29/16


>>GOOD MORNING.
ONE MORE GOOD MORNING. WE’RE IN WARD 8.
>>GOOD MORNING!>>ALL RIGHT.
WELCOME, WELCOME TO HISTORIC ANACOSTIA.
THIS IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF D.C.’S DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. I’M POLLY DONALDSON.
I HAVE THE HONOR OF SERVING AS DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
THIS IS A GREAT DAY. IT’S AN EXCITING DAY REALLY. [APPLAUSE] AND NOT JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE THE
HONOR OF HOSTING OUR MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WHO ARE
HERE, AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT HEADS AND SUCH WHO HAVE HELPED
MAKE THIS HAPPEN, BUT REALLY THIS IS I BELIEVE — ALTHOUGH I
DON’T HAVE THE EXACT TIMELINE. THESE WERE PROPOSALS THAT WERE
SUBMITTED IN OCTOBER AND WE’RE ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS IN
JANUARY. AND I THINK THAT’S SIGNIFICANT. [APPLAUSE] AS YOU KNOW, THE MAYOR SUCCEEDED
IN FULFILLING HER COMMITMENT TO PUT $100 MILLION INTO THE
HOUSING PRODUCTION TRUST FUND WITH THE HELP OF COUNCILMEMBERS
AS WELL AND OF MANY OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE WHO ADVOCATED FOR
AND WERE INSTRUMENTAL TO HELPING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
NOW WE GET TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF COMMITMENT, WHAT THAT TYPE OF
COMMITMENT CAN DO TO CREATE AND PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING HERE
IN THE DISTRICT. OF COURSE, THIS DAY CERTAINLY
MEANS A LOT TO ME PERSONALLY. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW, I’M A
RELATIVE NEWCOMER TO WORKING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING FROM THE
GOVERNMENT SIDE. BUT I DID SPEND MANY YEARS
WORKING TO ENSURE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT HAVE AFFORDABLE
HOMES AND I’M REALLY GLAD TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT WORK AND
EFFORT. AS I SAID, I HAVE WORKED FROM
THE NON-PROFIT DEVELOPER SIDE OF THINGS.
I WAS PART OF A LARGE COALITION OF NON-PROFIT ADVOCATES, THE
COALITION FOR NON-PROFIT HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SO I KNOW A LOT OF WHAT GOES INTO THE TEAMING AND THE
PARTNERSHIPS THAT ARE PART OF WHAT WE ARE CELEBRATING AND
ANNOUNCING HERE TODAY. AND IT GOES WAY BEYOND JUST
GOVERNMENT DEVELOPERS AND ADVOCATES.
WE HAVE WORKED WITH CHURCHES. WE HAVE WORKED WITH CHARITIES
AND OTHER NON-PROFIT GROUPS TO PRODUCE UNITS FOR LOW AND
MODERATE INCOME RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.
AND WE ARE ALSO MAKING THIS CRITICALLY PART OF THE
DISTRICT’S HOMEWARD D.C. ENDING HOMELESSNESS PLAN.
AND SO YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT THE PROJECTS.
YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT ALL OF THEM HAVE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE
HOUSING EMBEDDED INTO THEM. THAT’S HOW WE’RE GOING TO HELP
HOUSE THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY GOING FORWARD.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. IT’S BEEN A LOT OF INTERAGENCY
COLLABORATION. A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE.
BUT REALLY WHAT I WANT TO JUST TAKE A FEW MOMENTS BEFORE
INTRODUCING THE MAYOR TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES HERE FROM DHCD,
MANY OF THEM ARE HERE IN THE ROOM WHO WERE INTEGRAL INTO
MAKING NOT ONLY TODAY HAPPEN BUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS — IN A YEAR
FILLED WITH TRANSITION, NEW LEADERSHIP, NEW MANAGEMENT, NEW
PROCESSES INCLUDING AN ELECTRONIC APPLICATION, YAY — [APPLAUSE] IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THE DHCD
TEAM DID A PHENOMENAL JOB MAKING TODAY HAPPEN, MAKING THE
TECHNICAL REVIEW, THE WHOLE PROCESS WORK.
AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ALSO CELEBRATING TODAY.
SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND CELEBRATE THEM AS WELL. [APPLAUSE] DHCD IS MOVING FASTER AND
SMARTER. WE’RE GETTING THE RESOURCES OUT
TO OUR PARTNERS WHO ARE DEVELOPING THE EXCITING PROJECTS
THAT ARE GOING TO PRODUCE AND PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN
THE DISTRICT GOING FORWARD. I’M SO PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS
TEAM. AND FINALLY, KNOW THIS.
ALL OF THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE VISION AND
LEADERSHIP OF OUR MAYOR. SHE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PUT
THE RESOURCES AND TOOLS IN PLACE TO BENEFIT OUR CITY, TO CREATE
THE PATHWAYS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS OUR CITY.
AND SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I’D LIKE TO WELCOME TO THE PODIUM
THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, D.C., THE HONORABLE MURIEL BOWSER. [APPLAUSE]>>MAYOR: WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON.
GOOD MORNING. THE DAYS AND HOURS ARE RUNNING
TOGETHER BUT I AM REALLY HAPPY TO BE HERE, PARTICULARLY SINCE
WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT SNOW. [LAUGHTER] WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOUSING AND
HOUSING WASHINGTONIANS. AND LET ME START BY
ACKNOWLEDGING MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE COUNCIL.
AND I LIKE TO CALL HER THE COUNCILMEMBER FOR AFFORDABLE
HOUSING BECAUSE SHE CHAIRS THE COMMITTEE, ANITA BONDS.
GIVE HER A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] OUR HOST COUNCILMEMBER FROM THE
GREAT WARD 8, LaRUBY MAY. GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] OUR COUNCILMEMBER FOR WARD 1,
BRIANNE NADEAU, GIVE HER A GREAT ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] AND THE COUNCILMEMBER FOR WARD
7, YVETTE ALEXANDER, GIVE HER A GREAT ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] THESE COUNCILMEMBERS AND THE
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL REALLY STEPPED UP WITH US LAST
YEAR WHEN I SUBMITTED OUR BUDGET TO INCLUDE $100 MILLION IN
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MAKING SURE THAT WE HAD AT LEAST
THAT MUCH IN THE HOUSING PRODUCTION TRUST FUND.
THEY ALSO STOOD UP WITH US WHEN I APPOINTED POLLY DONALDSON TO
THE TEAM TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THE WAYS TO
GET THE MONEY OUT THE DOOR. THE COUNCILMEMBERS CHALLENGED
US. THEY SAID, BOWSER, YOU DIDN’T
GET OUT $100 MILLION. AND I SAID I THINK WE CAN AND WE
MUST. IF WE CAN’T GET IT OUT, THEN
THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH US. SO WE HAD TO PUT TOGETHER SMART
PLANS AND WORK WITH OUR NON-PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT
COMMUNITY OF DEVELOPERS TO MAKE SURE WE WERE SMART ABOUT OUR
APPLICATIONS AND THAT WE WERE CONSISTENT.
WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY WAS THAT
IF WE KNOW THIS MONEY IS GOING TO BE IN THE PIPELINE, WE CAN BE
READY FOR IT. AND WE CAN ALWAYS BE PLANNING TO
PUT PROJECTS OUT THERE. AND THAT IS THE COMMITMENT WE
WANT TO LIVE UP TO. I KNOW WE ALL KNOW THAT HOUSING
AFFORDABILITY IS ONE, IF NOT THE TOP ISSUE FACING THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA. AND EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IS
GOING TO HELP MAKE MORE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE IN
WASHINGTON, D.C. LAST YEAR I ALSO APPOINTED THE
HOUSING PRESERVATION STRIKE FORCE AND A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF
THE STRIKE FORCE ARE HERE. SO IF YOU ARE HERE AND YOU ARE
ON THE STRIKE FORCE, PLEASE GIVE A WAVE.
THANK YOU TO THE HOUSING STRIKE FORCE MEMBERS. [APPLAUSE] WHAT THE STRIKE FORCE IS
CONCERNED ABOUT IS HOW WE PRESERVE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
UNITS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
AND THAT IS AN INCREASING PRESSURE.
WE KNOW ABOUT VULNERABLE UNITS. THE VULNERABLE UNITS THAT WILL
LOSE TAX CREDITS OVER THE COMING YEARS, THE UNITS THAT ARE IN
DISREPAIR AND INCREASINGLY BECOMING INHABITABLE BY
RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
SO I CHARGED THIS TEAM WITH IDENTIFYING WHERE THE VULNERABLE
UNITS ARE AND FIGURING OUT NOAH AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO INVEST IN
THOSE HOUSING UNITS. THE FIRST PRELIMINARY REPORT
FROM THE STRIKE FORCE I WILL GET TODAY.
I THINK THE FINAL REPORT I WILL GET ON APRIL 1st.
THE REASON WHY I ASKED THEM FOR A PRELIMINARY REPORT IS BECAUSE
I’M WORKING ON THE BUDGET NOW. AND TO THE EXTENT THAT THEIR
RECOMMENDATIONS IN THAT REPORT THAT CAN INFORM MY BUDGET
SUBMISSION, WE WANT TO GET THAT DONE.
SO WHAT DHCD IS ANNOUNCING TODAY AFTER — AND I DARE SAY BRIAN,
OUR DEPUTY MAYOR, IS VERY ADEPT AT TALKING ABOUT THESE NUMBERS.
WE SPENT MORE IN FY15 OUT OF THE HOUSING PRODUCTION TRUST FUND
THAN HAD BEEN SPENT IN PREVIOUS YEARS.
IS THAT RIGHT, BRIAN? THAT’S CORRECT.
WE’RE ALSO BEING MORE TRANSPARENT ABOUT THOSE FUNDS
ARE GETTING OUT THE DOOR. AND I WANT TO THANK THE DMPED
TEAM FOR PUTTING THESE METRICS UP ON THE DMPED WEBSITE THAT
TALKS ABOUT HOW THESE FUNDS ARE BEING INVESTED, WHAT’S IN THE
PIPELINE AND WHAT’S BEING SPENT. SO LAST SUMMER DHCD ISSUED AS
POLLY MENTIONED THE RFP. THEY RECEIVED 29 PROPOSALS
TOTALING $178 MILLION WORTH OF PROJECTS.
AND TODAY THEY ARE ANNOUNCING INVESTMENT IN THE TOP 12
PROJECTS. SO LET’S HEAR IT FOR THAT. [APPLAUSE] THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL DELIVER
804 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. A COMBINATION OF PRESERVATION
AND NEW UNITS. 466 UNITS OF PRESERVED HOUSING
AND 338 UNITS OF NEW HOUSING. 83 OF THESE UNITS WILL BE FOR
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, WHICH IS A CRITICAL LINK IN OUR
ENDING HOMELESSNESS PLAN. TOGETHER WE THINK 1800 PEOPLE
WILL BENEFIT FROM THESE INVESTMENTS.
AS POLLY SAID AS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, MORE THAN $802 MILLION
WILL BE INVESTED — I’M SORRY. $82 MILLION WILL BE INVESTED
FROM THE HOUSING PRODUCTION TRUST FUND.
$6 MILLION IN 4% LOW INCOME TAX CREDITS AND A COMBINATION OF
$1 MILLION FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS DHCD
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AND FUNDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. SO IF WE CAN MAINTAIN OUR
COMMITMENT AND IN FACT LOOK FOR MORE WAYS TO GET PRIVATE SECTOR
DOLLARS TO HELP US WITH IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY IN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WE CAN GO A LONG WAY TO ENSURING PATHWAYS
TO THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR ALL WASHINGTONIANS.
SO WHEN I TALK ABOUT $100 MILLION, PEOPLE IN THIS
ROOM KNOW BETTER THAN MOST THAT IT’S A DROP IN THE BUCKET, ISN’T
IT? SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT
AFFORDABILITY, NOT ONLY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE STREAM OF
PRESERVED AND NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS, WE ARE ALSO
WORKING HARD EVERY SINGLE DAY TO MAKE SURE THAT D.C. RESIDENTS
HAVE THE SKILLS NEEDED TO GET GOOD JOBS SO THAT THEY CAN
AFFORD A GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
SO DHCD, CONGRATULATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
PARTNERS. AND THIS ISN’T THE LAST
OPPORTUNITY. SO THE NEXT ROUND OF FUNDING
WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN, POLLY?>>MARCH.
>>MAYOR: IN MARCH. SO IF YOU WEREN’T SELECTED IN
THIS ROUND, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR THE
NEXT ROUND. SO LET’S HEAR IT FOR 804 UNITS
OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. [APPLAUSE] AND BEFORE I WRAP UP, I’M GOING
TO CHECK IN WITH THE DEPUTY MAYOR TO SEE IF HE HAS ANYTHING
TO ADD. I SHOULD NOTE WE’VE BEEN JOINED
BY AT-LARGE COUNCILMEMBER ELISSA SILVERMAN.
ELISSA IS ON THE PRESERVATION TASK FORCE.
I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CHAIR OF THAT HOUSING FINANCE
AGENCY, BUWA BINITIE. I THOUGHT I SAW BUWA.
THERE HE IS. GIVE HIM A BIG ROUND OF
APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] ADRIANNE TODMAN WHO IS THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE D.C. HOUSING AUTHORITY.
GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] AND MARIA DAY MARSHALL, WHO IS
THE LEADER OF THE D.C. FINANCE AGENCY.
GIVE HER A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] SO WITH THAT, POLLY WILL ANSWER
YOUR QUESTIONS. [LAUGHTER]>>THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR, SO
MUCH. I’M ALSO GOING TO — THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. I’M ALSO GOING TO ACTUALLY TELL
YOU WHICH 12 PROJECTS THEY ARE. BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE A FEW
PEOPLE IN THE ROOM — I THINK THEY KNOW ALREADY.
BUT I THINK THE REST OF THE WORLD MAY WANT TO KNOW AS WELL.
THESE ARE THE PRESERVATION PROJECTS.
THERE ARE TWO IN WARD 1. ONE IS THE GLEN ARMS AT 2518
17th STREET, THE SP AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROUP LLC.
AND ALSO SARAH’S CIRCLE WHICH IS A NON-PROFIT DEVELOPER.
I THINK MANY OF YOU KNOW AT 2551 17th STREET IN WARD 1 AS WELL.
IN WARD 5 WE HAVE HEDIN HOUSE 2900 NEWTON STREET.
THESE ARE PRESERVATION, PRESERVING AFFORDABLE UNITS BY
THC AFFORDABLE HOUSING I THINK. IN WARD 6 BY THE REDEVELOPMENT
HOUSING ADVISORS 1413 E STREET NORTHEAST.
AND THEN IN WARD 7 THERE ARE TWO PRESERVATION PROJECTS.
HUNTWARD COURTS BY THE NEW MARKET RENTAL INVESTMENTS LLC
AND MEADOWGREEN COURT AT 3605 TO 3615 MINNESOTA AVENUE BY THE E&G
GROUP AS WELL. AND THEN FINALLY IN WARD 8, FOR
PRESERVATION WE HAVE THE BRANDYWINE 30 PRESERVATION
PROJECT, 713 BRANDYWINE STREET BEING DONE BY DANTES PARTNERS.
THOSE ARE THE PRESERVATION PROJECTS.
NEW PRODUCTION — BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO BOTH, RIGHT, IN ORDER
TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS THE MAYOR HAS SET.
IN WARD 4, ON SPRING ROAD, THE SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT PROJECT AT
1433 SPRING ROAD NORTHWEST. IN WARD 7, BY MID-ATLANTIC
REALTY PARTNERS 3534 EAST CAPITAL STREET NORTHEAST THROUGH
3552. IT’S A LARGE PROJECT.
IT’S A LOT OF UNITS BEING PRODUCED, NEW PROJECTS.
WARD 7 ALSO, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C.,
THESE WILL BE FOR OWNERSHIP. DOING PROJECTS AT 28th PLACE
SOUTHEAST, 1713 28TH PLACE. IN WARD 8 AT ANDREW PLACE
DEVELOPMENT WHICH I KNOW IS WITH A FAITH-BASED COLLABORATION WITH
DEVELOPMENT AT 2412 ANDREW PLACE SOUTHEAST.
AND THEN FINALLY ALSO IN WARD 8, 1708 GOOD HOPE ROAD — VERY
CLOSE-BY HERE — BY FOUR POINTS LLC.
SO THOSE ARE THE TOP 12 PROJECTS.
COMBINATION OF PRESERVATION AND PRODUCTION.
AND I THINK VERY MUCH GOING TOWARDS THE GOALS THAT THE MAYOR
HAS. I BELIEVE THERE MAY BE SOME
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA HERE WHO MAY HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU,
MADAM MAYOR.>>MAYOR: WE WILL TAKE MEDIA
QUESTIONS FIRST AND ANY COMMUNITY QUESTIONS AFTER THAT.
>>WHAT’S AFFORDABILITY?>>GREAT QUESTION.
I’M HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT. DEPENDING ON THE FUNDINGS,
AFFORDABILITY IS REALLY LOOKING AT MAKING IT SO THAT THOSE WITH
LOW AND MODERATE INCOME CAN AFFORD TO BE IN THE DISTRICT.
SO FOR LOW-INCOME, FOR SOME IT’S AT 50% OF THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME
WHICH IS A PHRASE THAT’S AN AMOUNT SET BY THE GOVERNMENT.
OUR AREA MEDIAN INCOME HERE IN THE DISTRICT OR IN THE REGION IS
AT ABOUT $106,000 PER YEAR. SO IF YOU TAKE WHAT?
50% OF THAT IS, THAT’S THE INCOME LIMIT ON THE HOUSING
THAT’S BEING PRODUCED.>>AND WHAT ARE THEY PAYING FOR
THESE HOUSES? WHAT ARE THEY PAYING FOR THE
HOUSE?>>RENT.
>>WELL, IS IT RENT? OR ARE THEY PURCHASING?
>>WELL, A FEW ARE HOME OWNERSHIP.
AS I MENTIONED THE PROJECT WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS A HOME
OWNERSHIP WHERE THERE WILL BE A PURCHASE PRICE THAT WILL HELP
FOLKS BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS THAT ARE IN
LINE WITH THOSE INCOME AREAS THAT I JUST WENT THROUGH.
>>MAYOR: LET ME JUMP IN FOR A SECOND.
SO WE KNOW, SAM, THAT ANY TIME A FAMILY SPENDS MORE THAN 30% OF
THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING, THEY ARE HOUSING — WHAT’S THE WORD I
WANT?>>BURDEN.
>>MAYOR: BURDENED. AND SO OUR GOAL IS, AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE, TO MAKE SURE WE’RE CREATING AND USING OUR HOUSING
PRODUCTION TRUST FUND TO KEEP PEOPLE WITHIN THOSE LIMITS.
THE LAW SETS REQUIREMENTS. SO ALL THE PROJECTS THAT WE
DISCUSS TODAY HAVE A REQUIREMENT 50% AND —
>>30% AMI OR BELOW. ANOTHER 40% AT BETWEEN 30% AND
50% AND THE REST AT ABOVE 50% OF AMI.
AND THEY ARE COVENANTED FOR A PERIOD OF A MINIMUM OF 30 YEARS.
SO THESE ARE NOT JUST ONE-TIME PROJECTS FOR FIVE YEARS OR SO.
THESE ARE SUSTAINABLE HOUSING STOCK BEING BUILT IN THE
DISTRICT.>>MAYOR: YES.
>>CAN YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IN THE
PIPELINE? AND YOU ALSO TALK ABOUT HOW MANY
AFFORDABLE UNITS THERE ARE IN THE CITY TOTAL IN DISTANCE AND
HOW THAT COMPARES TO PREVIOUS YEARS.
AND I ASK THAT BECAUSE WE SEE THE UNITS THAT HAVE BEEN
DELIVERED AND ARE IN THE PIPELINE BUT WE DON’T GET A
SENSE IF THOSE ARE ACTUALLY OUTPACING THE NUMBERS THAT ARE
BEING LOST.>>ALL THE PROJECTS BEING
ANNOUNCED TODAY ARE AT THE SELECTION PROCESS.
SO TO GO TO UNDERWRITING AND THEN CLOSING AND THEN
CONSTRUCTION. SO THEY ARE NOT UNDER
CONSTRUCTION AS OF YET. I THINK YOU HAVE A HANDOUT THAT
DESCRIBES THE CURRENT PIPELINE. WHAT IS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE,
THE LEGACY PIPELINE THAT WE HAVE THAT WE ARE WORKING TO.
DEVELOPMENT, AS YOU KNOW, IS A MULTI-YEAR PROJECT.
I DON’T HAVE TO TELL ANYBODY I THINK IN THE ROOM THAT.
IT IS MULTI-YEAR AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE STAGES THAT GO INTO IT.
THIS STAGE IS WHERE THE PARTNERS HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER AND PUT
TOGETHER PROPOSALS TO USE PUBLIC FUNDS, BUT ALSO PRIVATE FUNDS AS
PART OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT PACKAGES.
AND I’M CERTAINLY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO GET YOU MORE INFORMATION
ON CURRENT AFFORDABILITY AND THE NUMBER OF UNITS AND SUCH.
I THINK JOAQUIN IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITH THAT AS
WELL.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY UNITS
THERE ARE IN THE CITY TOTAL?>>CURRENT AFFORDABLE UNITS
TOTAL OVER THE YEARS.>>MAYOR: HE WOULD BE ABLE TO
TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE UNITS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS.
SO WE WILL HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT.
YES.>>ALSO, I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT 466
BASICALLY EXISTING PROPERTIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE RENOVATED.
THAT’S WHAT I’M ASSUMING YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY.
>>BY PRESERVATION, YES.>>ARE YOU DISPLACING PEOPLE?
>>NO. THEY ARE BEING RENOVATED — IF
THEY ARE RESIDENTS, CURRENTLY THERE ARE TENANTS THERE, THEY
HAVE THE RIGHT TO RETURN AND THAT’S BEEN PART OF THE
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. HOW THAT TEMPORARY RELOCATION
AND THEN RETURN TO THE RENOVATED PROPERTY IS DONE.
IF THEY ARE VACANT, OF COURSE, THERE WILL BE GUIDELINES FOR NEW
TENANTS MOVING IN AS WELL.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE
466 ARE CURRENTLY OCCUPIED?>>I DON’T, BUT I CAN GET THAT
TO YOU.>>MAYOR: YES, COMMISSIONER.
>>OF THOSE BEING RENOVATED, WHO ARE TEMPORARILY MOVED?
ARE THERE NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR THEM TO RETURN?
>>NO. THERE ARE THE INCOME
REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE BASED ON THE FUNDING SOURCE.
SO THERE IS A YEARLY INCOME QUALIFICATION FOR THE PROJECTS
THAT WOULD BE IN LINE WITH KEEPING WITH THE AFFORDABILITY
COVENANTS THAT ARE WITH THE APARTMENT UNITS.
>>YOU ARE COMING IN TO RENOVATE.
YOU’RE SAYING THEY HAVE DIFFERENT INCOME REQUIREMENTS TO
RETURN?>>THERE MAY BE.
BUT THERE ALSO ARE SOME WHO ARE PROJECTS WHERE THERE WILL BE
SOME RESIDENTS RETURNING WHO ARE PERHAPS OVER THE INCOME LIMITS
BECAUSE OF AGREEMENT WITH THE DEVELOPER ON THAT.
AND IT’S REALLY ON AN INDIVIDUALIZED BASIS, DEPENDING
ON THE TENANTS AND THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE THERE IN CONVERSATION
WITH THE DEVELOPERS AS WELL.>>WHAT PROCESS IS IN PLACE FOR
THOSE NOT ABLE TO RETURN?>>I ACTUALLY DON’T KNOW THAT
THERE WON’T BE ANY THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN.
IT REALLY DOES DEPEND ON THE INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS.
THIS IS PART OF WHAT THE DEVELOPERS HAD TO PRESENT IN
THEIR PROPOSALS AS WELL.>>WHAT I’M SAYING, FOR THOSE
WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN –>>MAYOR: COMMISSIONER, I DON’T
WANT YOU TO ASSUME. THAT’S NOT WHAT THE DIRECTOR
SAID. I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO DOWN A
ROAD THAT DOESN’T LEAD ANYWHERE. SO WHAT SHE SAID IS THAT SHE
WOULD FIND OUT IF THAT IS EVEN A CONSIDERATION.
>>THANK YOU. ARE THERE OTHER QUESTIONS?
YES.>>A LITTLE BIT ON A DIFFERENT
DIRECTION HERE. HOW DO YOU THINK SEVERAL DAYS
AFTER THE SNOW THE CITY IS NOW COPING?
>>MAYOR: WELL, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HOUSING. [LAUGHTER]>>THAT’S A GOOD THING.
>>MAYOR: THAT’S HOW. SO THE FACT THAT WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT HOUSING AND NOT SNOW SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING.
NO. BUT WE ARE JUST EXTREMELY
GRATEFUL TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE ON OUR TEAM THAT WORKED
12-HOUR SHIFTS SINCE LAST FRIDAY.
I THINK WE ENDED THE 12 HOURS YESTERDAY SOMETIME. [APPLAUSE] THEY WORKED NIGHT AND DAY.
WE ARE ALSO GRATEFUL TO THE CONTRACTORS WHO WORKED NIGHT AND
DAY AS IF THEY WORKED FOR US OR THEY WERE DIGGING OUT THEIR OWN
STREETS. SO PEOPLE REALLY LAID IT ON THE
LINE. WE GOT THE GOVERNMENT OPEN ON
TUESDAY. WE WERE ABLE TO SEND OUR KIDS
BACK TO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY AND GET THE CITY BACK IN BUSINESS.
SO I’M JUST REALLY PROUD OF THEIR EFFORTS.
YES, MA’AM.>>HI.
I’M HOLLY DENNISON WITH CORPORATION FOR SUPPORTIVE
HOUSING TSA. SO I HAVE TO SAY
CONGRATULATIONS. 88 UNITS, BASICALLY 10% OF THE
PIPELINE FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. THANK YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH YOU ON THE QUALITY OF THOSE UNITS, BOTH ON THE
SERVICES SIDE AND CONNECTING WITH SERVICES PARTNERS.
>>THANK YOU. I KNOW DIRECTOR LAURA ZEILINGER
WANTED TO BE HERE TODAY BUT WAS MANAGING ANOTHER PART OF HER
PORTFOLIO. BUT ACTUALLY WAS VERY PLEASED
AND PARTICIPATED, HER AGENCY AS DID OTHERS PARTICIPATED IN THE
EVALUATION OF THE PROPOSALS AND IS VERY PLEASED WITH THE
RESULTS.>>MAYOR: OKAY.
THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. ENJOY THE REST
OF THE DAY. [APPLAUSE] HOLD YOUR PLACE ONE SECOND.
I SHOULD HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
COUNCILWOMAN CAN SPEAK FOR THE COUNCILMEMBERS HERE AND ALSO THE
COMMITTEE. [APPLAUSE]>>WELL, GOOD MORNING STILL.
AND THIS IS A GREAT OCCASION. I WAS TELLING THE MAYOR AS WE
WERE SITTING THERE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD SPIRIT IN THIS
ROOM. A LOT OF HAPPY FACES.
AND I THINK WE’RE TURNING THE CORNER OF NOT ONLY ACKNOWLEDGING
THE NEED FOR GREATER HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA, BUT WE’RE SAYING WE ARE PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR
MOUTH IS. AND SO I REALLY COMMEND DHCD FOR
I GUESS MOVING THIS WATER OVER THESE ROCKS AND STONES.
AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER OCCASION IN MARCH OF
THIS YEAR, SO WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THIS BALL ROLLING.
WE’RE GOING TO SPEND EVERY PENNY.
AND MY COLLEAGUES ARE WITH ME. WE ARE SPENDING EVERY PENNY WE
CAN FIND TO MAKE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY A STRONG REALITY
IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. AND, YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT SHE
GETS A LOT OF ACCOLADES FOR THE WORK THAT SHE DOES.
BUT I REALLY COMMEND MAYOR BOWSER FOR MOVING THIS BALL.
SHE SAID I’M GOING TO DO IT. AND I KNOW THAT SHE WAS KIND OF
STRONG-ARMED BY THE YELLOW SHIRTS AT ONE OF THE MEETINGS WE
ATTENDED. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT’S THE RIGHT
THING TO DO. AND SHE’S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT
THING. SO GIVE HER A BIG ROUND OF
APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] AND I’LL CLOSE BY SAYING, AS A
MEMBER OF THE HOUSING COMMITTEE, I AM JUST ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED.
I CAME TO THE COUNCIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO SAYING WE’VE GOT TO
FIGHT POVERTY. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE
DOING. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE
AND FOR WINNING. AND NOW SPEND THAT MONEY!
DO NOT LET ANYTHING GO WRONG IN YOUR PLANS, PLEASE.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, ALL.

3 Comments

Carson James IV

Jan 1, 2016, 8:59 pm Reply

Applause For What??

Kenia Gillespie

May 5, 2016, 7:29 pm Reply

affordable to whom?  since there is no more "middle class" I guess you have to be making 6 figures

Edward Dodson

Jan 1, 2017, 5:41 pm Reply

If communities would simply restructure local property taxation into a land-only property tax base, the market would begin to stimulate the development of quality housing that working families can afford. This outcome is well-documented in the economic literature. Instead, the under-taxation of land values (or, more specifically, the potential annual rental value of locations) enriches land owners and imposes on the general taxpayers the challenge of raising funds (or acquiring revenue sharing from other levels of government) to pay landowners to acquire land for the construction of affordable housing.

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