[mgj-discuss] REMINDER: TUESDAY Tell Congress: We need HOUSING Not
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Mon Jun 27 15:49:02 GMT 2005
HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!
A CALL TO Act Now! Before It’s TOO Late!
JOIN Demonstration – At Russell Office Bldg. – First and Constitution, NE
*June 28th – 3pm *
*Tell Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson & Congress, Housing NOT Guns!*
The District of Columbia Grassroots Empowerment Project (EmpowerDC)
calls on concerned residents of the District of Columbia to join with us
in a demonstration at the Capitol Hill office of Senator Kay Bailey
Hutchinson of Texas on Tuesday, June 28. This demonstration is called for
1. To express our outrage and opposition to the President’s and
Congress’ devastating cuts to Section 8 and public housing programs.
8 vouchers are the leading source of federal housing assistance for low
income families struggling to afford quality housing; elderly people
living on a fixed income; and low income people with disabilities who,
with vouchers, can live independently.
2. To emphasize that it is unacceptable and disgraceful to have
interference by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, and other senators
who DO NOT LIVE IN DC, with in the decision made by DC citizens/residents
concerning gun control. District citizens/residents have continuously
affirmed, as recently as twelve months ago, our gun law decision is in
the best interest of our children and families and as well as an
exercise in our democratic right.
3. To urge Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, as a member of the
Appropriations Committee, to use her enthusiasm and professed concern
for District of Columbia residents, to oppose the President’s requested
11% reduction (from the reduced funding of fy 2005) in the federal
housing assistance funding and the Section 8 policy changes as outlined in
H.R.1999 and S.771 or the State and Local Housing Flexibility Act of
2005, which would essentially dismantle the federal housing assistance
program rather than her attempt to repeal the local gun law that the
District of Columbia residents have democratically adopted.
The Section 8 Housing Program was created in the 1970s and currently
serves more than 2 million low income families, elderly and people with
disabilities. The voucher program helps recipients pay for housing in
the private market. The recipients pays 30 percent of her income and
the program pays the balance.
Under the Bush Administration’s current budget proposal, according to a
study done by the Center on Budget And Policy Priorities
(www.cbpp.org), the number of low-income households receiving vouchers
reduced by more than 370,000 by 2010.
Meanwhile, the availability of housing affordable to low and moderate
income people in the District of Columbia is disappearing.
* The average fair market rent for a two bedroom apartment is now
$1218 a month - unaffordable for half of the District's households.
* More than 36,000 households spend at least half of their income on
* An estimated 7,400 individuals are homeless in D.C.
* If the budget proposed by President Bush is adopted, DC will face a
shortfall of at least $4.5 million for the Housing Choice Voucher
program this year, and the voucher shortfall could reach $29 million by
* By 2008, the DC could lose as many as 5,665 units of Project-based
Section 8 housing.
QUESTIONS, RSVP TO EMPOWERDC 234-9119
Parisa B. Norouzi
District of Columbia Grassroots Empowerment Project
1419 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
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