Preserving and Expanding Affordable Housing

As D.C. experiences an affordable housing crisis, protecting and expanding housing options for low- and moderate-income Mount Pleasant residents is imperative to protecting social equity in the face of development. 

To make sure that affordable housing remains an option for the Mount Pleasant community, if elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I will advocate for the following actions: 

  • Strengthen existing rent stabilization laws by lowering the maximum allowable rent increase from 10 percent to 5 percent of current rental costs (and from 5 percent to 2.5 percent for senior or disabled renters). 
  • Increase affordable housing rental stock by requiring that any new multi-unit residential projects include at least 40 percent-worth of affordable housing units.  
  • Offer a density incentive for housing that prioritizes affordability and proximity to public transit, by allowing new multi-unit projects to build at  higher density than current restrictions, as long as at least 60 percent of new units are priced at levels affordable to tenants earning 30 percent of area median income (or $32,600 for a family of four). 
  • Support the above three actions by raising taxes on the city's wealthiest residents and then allocating at least $500 million to the D.C. Affordable Housing Trust Fund. 
  • Preserve Mount Pleasant's historic row house areas by restricting the amount of units on one plot to two units. 

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 House and an apartment building in Mount Pleasant. 

House and an apartment building in Mount Pleasant.