Press Release: Councilmember Bonds Presents FY19 Budget Recommendations at Committee Mark-Up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 03, 2018

Contact: Emmanuel Brantley

ebrantley@dccouncil.us

(202) 741-0918

COUNCILMEMBER BONDS PRESENTS FY19 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS AT COMMITTEE MARK-UP     

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization and At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds, called to order a meeting with members of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization to mark-up the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal for agencies under the committee’s purview on Wednesday, May 3.

The committee report and budget recommendations demonstrate Councilmember Bonds’ support for new initiatives that would make the District a safer, fairer, and more affordable place to live; a few highlights have been captured here.

BUDGET SUBTITLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Local Rent Supplement Program Flexibility Amendment Act of 2018: This subtitle authorizes the payment of housing security deposits, application fees, and other related costs with Local Rent Supplement Program voucher and subsidy funds.
  • Rental Unit Fee Disbursement Amendment Act of 2018: Under this act, funding is raised to support low-income seniors living in unsubsidized housing and tenant-based vouchers for senior women and returning citizens.
  • Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2018: This subtitle establishes a one-time assistance program for seniors who are facing foreclosure on a reverse mortgage.
  • Common Interest Community Repairs Funding Amendment Act of 2018: This subtitle establishes a program that would provide non-taxable grants up to $100,000 for the renovation of common elements in low-income common interest communities, such as condominiums and cooperatives.
  • Housing Up Grant Act of 2018: The District government will commission a study from Housing Up, Inc. to determine the capacity needs of nonprofit affordable housing organizations in the District and provide a recommendation suggesting the proper courses of action.

AGENCY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA): Councilmember Bonds supports the original budget proposal which allocates over $47 million for our senior citizens. The Committee transferred $225,000 to DCOA to fund an outreach campaign to reach isolated seniors and promote DCOA services and initiatives. Councilmember Bonds also transferred funds to the Office of the Attorney General to fund a new elder abuse investigator position to combat financial exploitation of seniors.
  • The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA): Councilmember Bonds transferred $1.5 million to the Housing Authority to support additional funding for partial subsidies for seniors living in unsubsidized housing, 20 full vouchers for senior returning citizens and women, and Local Rent Supplement program vouchers that will provide rental assistance support for 37 homeless individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing and Targeted Affordable Housing.
  • Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA): Councilmember Bonds increased MORCA’s funding by $60,000 to provide 200 returning citizens with 3 months of $100 transportation subsidies upon returning home and secured funding for a new outreach specialist position for this office to provide services to returning citizens six months prior to their release.
  • Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA): Councilmember Bonds is committed to serving the approximately 350,00 renters throughout the District and has secured the funding needed to continue the development of a rent control database that is currently underway. The database will enable stakeholders to keep an accurate count of the rent control units available in the city, resolving a longstanding issue that has impacted new rent control legislation.
  • The Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (OANC): Councilmember Bonds directed an additional $15,000 dollars to OANC to fund American Sign Language interpretation, to facilitate the participation of hearing impaired residents in the vital community institutions that are the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

All members of the Council will convene during a meeting of the Committee of the Whole for final consideration of the budget on Friday, May 29.

 

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