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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.