Affordable Housing/Public Lands/Public Housing

WIN envisions the use of public lands for allocated to mixed income-affordable housing and low and middle-income homeownership opportunities that help create and build generational wealth.

What we are working on

Building Power around Public Housing

WIN leaders are deepening relationships with our neighbors in DC public housing across the District to ensure ALL resident voices are heard and that the DCHA (District of Columbia Housing Authority) remains accountable to residents. WIN is organizing to ensure public housing properties across the District can voice and act on their concerns from lead and mold remediation to maintaining affordability.

RAD Done Right

Public Housing has been chronically underfunded year after year. In 2012, Congress created the RAD program (Rental Assistance Demonstration) with the hopes of allowing public housing authorities to work with partners who want to invest in building improvements. Alongside public housing residents, WIN leaders have researched the ways this program can succeed and the ways it can fail. We are organizing to keep residents centered in the decision-making process, build first where possible, address ongoing maintenance issues, and prevent displacement.

Public Housing and RAD Done Right We want to see renovated and updated public housing where our neighbors can live in dignity without being displaced. WIN is organizing to ensure public housing properties across the District can voice and act on their concerns from lead and mold remediation to maintaining affordability and build first.

WIN is organizing for the renovation of public housing so people can live in dignity without displacement. Specifically for:  

  • Commitment to work with WIN and residents in Benning Terrace, Hopkins, Judiciary House, Langston, Potomac Gardens Senior and Family and Districtwide around their specific resident led priorities and visions for repairs, renovations, and redevelopment.
  • Redevelopment and renovation to INCREASE and never DECREASE the number of affordable units. 1:1 replacement should mean replacement in-kind so that a three-bedroom unit replaces a three-bedroom unit. If an accessible unit is destroyed, then this unit should be replaced with an accessible unit.  
  • Build First to minimize displacement of residents. Too often, the promise of redevelopment has led to displacement. New units should be built first before residents have to relocate. 

Affordable Housing

In over two decades of on-the-ground work, WIN has worked alongside city-wide allies to produce over 1,300 units of affordable rental and homeownership units, with hundreds more in the pipeline. We have organized for the improvement and preservation of hundreds of units. Year in, year out, WIN has contributed, along with many other advocates in the District, to the effort to fund affordable housing in the DC budgets. Over the past year, we have made a more concerted effort to engage with hundreds of constituents district-wide directly and are currently prioritizing the creation of at least 400 units of affordable housing in Upper NW. WIN believes that if individuals work and serve the District’s residents, they should be allowed to live in the District.

FUNDING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING We support funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund, rent supplements, funding for operating and capital for the Housing Authority, and other funding sources. We stand together with the allied organizations including CNHED and DCFPI in our support. 

Public Lands

More recently, WIN has begun organizing for the conversion of public land in Ward 3 into affordable, dignified housing. Sites like the Chevy Chase Library, Tenleytown Library, the WMATA Bus Garage, and various parcels of NPS land have been identified for potential development. WIN envisions the use of public lands for an inclusive and affordable District.WIN envisions the use of public lands for allocated to mixed income-affordable housing and low and middle-income homeownership opportunities that help create and build generational wealth. Specifically:.

  • A standard of at least ⅓ deeply affordable ⅓ middle income and ⅓ market rate on all public lands. 
  • 1000  Homes for Black Homeownership on Reservation 13. 
  • RFK. When D.C  gets the land, let’s turn parking lots into thousands of affordable homes and at least 2,000 affordable homeownership opportunities. 
  • 400+ new affordable housing units on public land in Ward 3, including WMATA land, Ft. Reno, Chevy Chase & Tenleytown Libraries
  • Maximize building of new homes, while preserving existing homes on DC Housing Authority-owned land

Media

WIN is a non-partisan network of faith institutions, non-profits, unions, and neighborhood leaders across all eight wards of the District. In an increasingly polarized time, we unite people across lines of race, class, religion, and neighborhood to build power for social justice. We organize ordinary people to take actions that strengthen and improve the quality of life of our communities. We believe people working together have the power to change and create a more just and equitable District.