Take Action! Tell DC Leaders to Use the Budget to Meet Basic Human Needs

Yesterday, we shared The Fair Budget Coalition’s (FBC) recommendations for $100 million investment in affordable housing. Today, we invite you to join us and FBC in taking action to ensure that the city’s budget puts DC residents first.  Here’s why:

The Mayor is right now finalizing his budget, and he’s said that his ears are open to suggestions for how to spend the city’s money.

With just one click, you can let the Mayor know that the city’s budget should put people first.  The Administration needs to hear from all of us working and living in the District that we refuse to be drawn into a competition over inadequate funding. Vital services like homeless shelters, childcare subsidies, mental health services, and TANF all complement each other, weaving together the social safety net that helps move residents out of poverty. But these services, among others, have faced eviscerating cuts over the last 5 years. This year, DC Action for Children counted 1800 homeless children; the waiting list for public or subsidized housing holds over 67,000 households; the average unemployment rate in DC is 9.6% with the highest unemployment in Ward 8 with 21.6% (DOES).

No one should have to face these issues. DC was declared a Human Rights City in 2008, and our budget must be held to these standards. Restoring funding to critical social programs restores the dignity and respect for every person.

So please TAKE ACTION and tell the Mayor that we will not accept a budget that is balanced on the backs of our great city’s most vulnerable residents.

To read Fair Budget’s report with this year’s budget recommendations, click hereTo volunteer for the campaign (we could use you!), please email: janelle@fairbudget.org or call 202-328-5513.

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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