May 11, 2009

Budget Time: Contact City Council!

Posting this from a DCFPI email:

With less than 24 hours to go before the final budget vote, the DC Council needs to hear from you! Tell Councilmembers to protect funding for affordable housing and other low-income programs and remind them that these programs still need more support. Call or email the Council before the final budget vote at 10 AM tomorrow, May 12.

Thank the Council for finding:

  • $750,000 for the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)
  • $750,000 for Housing First
  • $1.5 million for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance
  • $2 million for the Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP)
  • Funding to restore cost-of-living increases for Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption

Remind the Council that affordable housing and low-income programs still need additional funding:
  • TANF cash assistance: $1.2 million
  • Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP): at least $3 million
  • Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP): $5 million
  • Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF): currently underfunded by $41 million

What You Can Do
1. Send an email to your Ward Councilmember and Council Chair Vincent Gray. Complete contact information for Council members can be found below.

2. Follow up with a phone call or email to your Councilmember.

Councilmember Emails/Phone Numbers
(Note: If you do not know which ward you are in, you can find it by entering your address here.)

Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman
Tel: (202) 724-8032

Jim Graham (Ward 1)
Tel: (202) 724-8181

Jack Evans (Ward 2)
Tel: (202) 724-8058

Mary M. Cheh (Ward 3)
Tel: (202) 724-8062

Muriel Bowser (Ward 4)
Tel: (202) 724-8052

Harry Thomas, Jr. (Ward 5)
Tel: (202) 724-8028

Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
Tel: (202) 724-8072

Yvette M. Alexander (Ward 7)
Tel: (202) 724-8068

Marion Barry (Ward 8)
Tel: (202) 724-8045

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