With a $140 Million Surplus for DC, There’s No Excuse For Leaving People on the Street!

While the total won’t be finalized for several months, DC Government officials reported this morning that the District is on target to have a surplus of approximately $140 million as Fiscal Year 2012 draws to a close on Sunday.

In spite of such a strong end-of-year bottom line, DC’s Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi did not revise his revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2013, leaving “Wish List” priorities unfunded.

We therefore urge Mayor Gray to move a small portion of these surplus dollars to a non-lapsing fund to carry into Fiscal Year 2013, to:

  • close the anticipated $7 million gap in homeless services (which DHS Director Dave Berns reported would have “virtually catastrophic” consequences for individuals who are homeless);
  • provide housing or shelter for the many “Priority One” homeless families who have no safe place to stay; and
  • extend from 6 to 12 months the delay in implementing reductions in TANF benefits for those who have reached their 60 month limit, and fund hardship exemptions for families who need additional time to find work because they’re caring for children with disabilities full time or are facing other extreme hardships.

“One City” means a city for all, and Mayor Gray now can choose to use resources in a way that will make One City possible.

About Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.
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2 Responses to With a $140 Million Surplus for DC, There’s No Excuse For Leaving People on the Street!

  1. Pingback: DC Mayor Plans to Bank Fund Surplus, Leave Poor Families in Crisis « Poverty & Policy

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