Housing

Housing

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.

Documents

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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