The mission of the Housing Subcommittee of The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is to promote an inclusive city by advocating policies and tools that will produce greater housing affordability and a larger variety of affordable units for low and moderate income people who earn less than 60% of the Area Median Income and who should not have to pay more than 30% of their income for housing. C100 promotes a broad range of simultaneous actions to stem housing loss and spur housing production. The General Principles on Affordable Housing list strategies for Housing Preservation and New Housing that we think can produce good results.


icon C100 Testimony DC Council Housing Committee Supporting B23-877 B23-879
September 24, 2020, David Marlin
C100 testifies in support of Bill 23-877 addressing landlord petitions seeking rent increases for substantial rehabilitation of rental units; and Bill 23-879 addressing landlord petitions seeking rent increases for capital improvements to rental units.
icon 2020-09-24 C100 Statement On Rent Control
September 24, 2020, Caroline Petti
C100 testifies in favor of moving forward with omnibus legislation to strengthen and expand DC's rent stabilization program and to close loopholes - like voluntary agreements - that are undermining the program.
icon C100 Testimony DC Council Housing Committee Opposing B23-0530
September 24, 2020, Andrea Rosen
C100 opposes "means testing," proposed by B23-0530, because it is inconsistent with the statutory purpose of rent stabilization. Moreover, the problem it proposes to solve has not been substantiated.  Means-testing provides no new affordable housing, of which the District is in dire need, but in seeking to replace one population of rent-burdened residents with another that is more rent-burdened, it creates its own displacement dynamic.
icon C100 Comments DC Council 2021 Action Plan
August 10, 2020, Nancy MacWood & Meg Maguire
The 2021 Annual Action Plan is deficient as a source of current information, as an accountability tool to measure DHCA and DHHS performance, and as a transparent document that educates the public on how federal and city taxpayer dollars are applied to achieve housing equity.
icon C100 Letter DC Council Housing Budget Testimony
June 24, 2020, Kirby Vining
Letter to the D.C. Council summarizing C100 testimony on several aspects of the Mayor’s proposed FY2021 budget.  
icon C100 Testimony DC Council FY2021 Budget Tax Abatement
June 17, 2020, Kirby Vining
The Budget Support Act of the Mayor’s FY2021 budget contains a proposed 40-year tax abatement for housing projects in four specified areas of the city on the condition that the projects, containing 350 or more housing units, also provide 30% of the units at the 80% MFI level. 80% MFI is by all accounts market rate housing, so there is no justification for providing such a bonus for housing that is not addressing affordable housing needs at all and is in fact continuing an apparent policy of providing help to sectors of the housing market that do not need it or deserve it.
icon C100 Testimony DCRA Budget And Oversight HPTF
June 8, 2020, Nancy MacWood
The Council’s decisions on how public funds are appropriated in FY21 take on extra pressure and meaning since the city, nation, and world are spiraling from the devastating effects and uncertain future caused by both the coronavirus pandemic and pain from structural inequities and injustices.  This budget review is the first test of how our leaders and we citizens will respond.
icon C100 Testimony DCHA Budget And Oversight Maguire
May 28, 2020, Meg Maguire
Covid 19 must count for some higher purpose.  Our city must make a far greater commitment to housing for those at or under 30% of AMI with a new mindset that puts tenants and preservation of public housing first.  Only then can we transform equity rhetoric into equity reality. 
icon C100 Press Release C100 Supports Ten-year Extension Of Rent Control
November 18, 2019, Kirby Vining
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City announced its strong support on Wednesday for the ten-year extension of the District’s rent control program.  The position was submitted to the Council’s Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chair.
icon C100 Press Release DCHA Board Expansion
October 30, 2019, Andrea Rosen
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100), the District’s oldest planning advocacy organization, testified on October 30, 2019 before the DC City Council in support of Councilmember Anita Bonds’ bill to add two Council-appointed members to the Board of Commissioners (Bill 23-0121, the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Qualification and Expansion Amendment Act of 2019).
icon C100 Testimony Bill 23-0391 The Public Housing Rehabilitation Oversight Task Force Act Of 2019
October 30, 2019, Kirby Vining
As we know all too well, the DCHA has done an abysmal job of maintaining its housing stock.  By any standard, the deterioration of some 2,500 of the DCHA units to the point that they are currently described as “uninhabitable” is disgraceful.  While the subject of how this happened over several years is important to understand going forward, the greater priority is to adopt a multi-faceted approach to expanding and stabilizing public housing in partnership with families that are threatened with displacement. 
icon C100 Testimony Hearing On Bill 23-0121 The Housing Authority Board Of Commissioners
October 30, 2019, Andrea Rosen
The Committee of 100 applauds the initiative of Chair Bonds in introducing this very necessary and timely legislation to ensure that the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is highly experienced and engaged with public housing issues.
icon C100 Testimony DC Council DHCD Budget Oversight
April 23, 2019, Kirby Vining
Our government has a fiscal obligation and moral responsibility to be a better steward of public funds for public projects than has been demonstrated, and we would like the Council to emphasize in this budget oversight process that accountability and transparency are necessary, both for the sake of fiscal responsibility, but also for the sake of the people who are the customers of DHCD projects and programs.
icon C100 Housing Subcommittee What Assumptions Are Driving The Intense Pressure To Build
2019, Housing Subcommittee
There is no trickle-down housing effect from market rate housing, and the bottom is getting worse.  The C100 strongly advocates robust public funding to create housing for those in the 0%- 50% AMI range ($58,600) first, before subsidizing developments catering to those above that level.  For those at the lower end of the scale, the availability of publicly subsidized housing is the difference between having a home and not having one. Further up the scale a subsidy merely enhances the quality of a home and the profits of the developer.
icon C100 Testimony On Brookland Manor TIF
November 14, 2018, Caroline Petti
If the Council approves Tax Increment Financing for Mid-City Financial's redevelopment of Brookland Manor, it 1) should require the developer's continued commitment to the affordable housing and public benefits promised as part of the redevelopment Planned Unit Developments (PUD) approved by the Zoning Commission, and 2) should include additional affordable housing over and above what was approved in these PUDs.  Furthermore, the conditions of the TIF should be set forth in writing, should be publicly available, and should be enforceable.
icon C100 Comments On Case 04 33I
September 20, 2018, Caroline Petti
At a time when building affordable housing is of the highest priority for our city, we're hard-pressed to understand why the Office of Planning IZ regulations arbitrarily limit the 10% Inclusionary Unit "Set-Aside".  The 10% "Set-Aside" applies to stick-built construction (not the more expensive concrete and steel construction), but only in zones with a by- right height limit of 50 feet or less.  The height limit of the underlying zone is irrelevant.  All stick-built construction projects --regardless of the height limit of the zone they're located in -- should be subject to OP's 10% Inclusionary Unit "Set-Aside".
icon C100 Testmony DC Council Rent Control
October 19, 2016, Caroline Petti
Testimony on bills designed to strengthen DC's rent control program.  We urge the city to accelerate and improve the understanding of the inventory and circumstances of existing rent-controlled housing.
icon C100 Comments On IZ Proposed Rulemaking
October 9, 2016, Nancy MacWood & Caroline Petti
Comments on a range of issues pertaining to the inclusionary zoning regulations including: the targeted family income, size of units, applicability in DC's Downtown area, arbitrarily limited "Set-Aside" requirements, bonus density, height and lot occupancy requirements, bonus density and small residential projects (i.e., fewer than ten units), city's right-to-purchase inclusionary units, and off-site compliance.
icon Housing Subcommittee Principles
November 13, 2018, 
The mission of the C100 Housing Subcommittee, in close alignment with the District’s Comprehensive Plan, is to promote an inclusive city with strong and stable communities by advocating for policies that will guarantee housing affordability and fair housing compliance throughout all wards; and an adequate number and variety of units to meet DC’s housing needs, with particular concern for the housing needs of extremely low, very low, low and moderate income families at rents they can afford.

icon C100 Testimony On Office To Affordable Housing Task Force Final
November 16, 2017, Caroline Petti
The housing affordability problem the city faces argues not only for doubling down on the current “tools” in the existing affordability “toolbox” but also for searching for creative solutions. That is why we are here today to testify in support of the “Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act of 2017”. Bill 22-0289 – introduced by Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr. with co-sponsors Silverman, Grosso, Cheh, Bonds, Todd, and Gray – would establish an “Office to Affordable Housing Task Force” to examine various issues associated with the transition of existing vacant commercial office space to affordable housing.
icon C100 Comments On DHCD IZ Implementation Proposal
October 1, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen, Kirby Vining, & Caroline Petti
In general, the Committee of 100 believes DHCD's proposal does a good job of addressing recent Zoning Commission changes to the IZ program as well as incorporating additional streamlining and flexibility into the program' s implementation without compromising its integrity or effectiveness.  We do, however, have concerns about changes DHCD is proposing to the housing cost limitations currently found in Section 2213.5 (f) and (g) of the existing lnclusionary Zoning Implementation regulations.   In pa11icular the Committee of 100 is concerned about DHCD's proposed changes to allow IZ households to spend as high as 50% of annual income on housing costs.

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