Anita Bonds Energy Efficiency & Rent Stabilization Bill Hearing Scheduled For Thursday

This Thursday, April 3, the Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a hearing on the “Hardship Green Grant and Rent Stabilization Act of 2014,” (B20-0709) introduced by Councilmember Anita Bonds (D – At Large).

The proposed legislation bill establishes a grant program that would fund up to 95% of the actual cost of installing green roofs, solar panels, or other energy efficient materials on rental apartment buildings with 20 or more units provided that the building does not increase their tenant’s rent for at least three (3) years.

WHO: Committee on Transportation and the Environment, D.C. Council

WHERE: Room 500, John. A Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW)

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

WHAT: The Committee will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from public witnesses and government witnesses on the impact of the proposed legislation.

The program, called the Hardship Green Grant, would be administered through the DC Department of the Environment. Building owners would submit applications to DDOE for consideration and funds are capped at $100,000 per grant or 95% of total costs, whichever is lower. In light of skyrocketing rents that District of Columbia residents continue to face year after year, each grant will be tied to a three-year moratorium on rent increases. Building owners who raise rents in spite of this restriction would be required to refund the grant in full.

Members of the public who wish to testify should contact ­­­­Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant for Councilmember Mary Cheh, who can be reached at (202) 724-8062 or at abenjamin@dccouncil.us (email preferred). Questions about the proposed legislation should be directed to Irene Kang, Legislative Director for Councilmember Bonds, who can be reached at (202) 724-8064 or at ikang@dccouncil.us.

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