In this week's newsletter, we highlight the shameful dealings of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and one of the agencies she directs, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), surrounding the vacant building at 3200 13th St. S.E., part of the contested Congress Heights properties where tenants have been fighting for over five years against slum conditions, and for 200 units of quality, affordable housing. Additionally, we provide another update on slum conditions at Montana Terrace, a public housing property in Northeast Washington, D.C., an analysis of housing and development policy under capitalism, and we highlight a recent LinkUp and People Power Action event featuring a live discussion with political prisoner and internationally celebrated journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, during which he discusses his perspective on the linkages between mass incarceration and gentrification. Read more
In this week's newsletter, we highlight D.C.'s deficient shelter system, the ongoing attacks on the health, safety, and security of public housing residents at Montana Terrace, and a LinkUp interview with Cheryl Brunson, tenant at Brookland Manor, the site of one of the largest proposed redevelopments in Washington, D.C., where a high profile housing fight has exposed the racist and predatory policies of developer Mid-City Financial. Read more
In this week's newsletter, we highlight a major victory for Congress Heights tenants, the latest updates in the struggle against slum conditions at Montana Terrace, a public housing property in Northeast Washington, D.C., and a LinkUp interview with Vice President of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association Yvonne Johnson.
In Washington, D.C., as with cities across the country and around the world, luxury redevelopments are subsidized by taxpayer money.
The struggle at Congress Heights is highlighting some of the many ways the District’s housing crisis is one of its politicians’ own making, the predictable result of policies that favor lucrative new developments over lifelong residents. As political cronies of important politicians get sweetheart deals, displaced tenants are forced to live in terrible conditions, and the entire process governing the zoning and the disposition of land favors the wealthy development interests and promotes the gentrification that so defines the past decade in the District. Read more
Today's newsletter features an article by 23-year-old Washingtonian Breyuanna Campbell, in which she shares her perspective and direct experience with homelessness in the nation's capital.
The D.C. housing struggles below exemplify the blatant corruption, collusion, and fundamental inequity of a system organized around money, rather than around people.
A major falsehood is being perpetrated by public and private sector supporters of the redevelopment project at Congress Heights: that the reason the District government refuses to use its powers to help a non-profit developer build 200 units of affordable housing there has nothing to do with the direct ties District government leaders have to a development group that wants to build luxury condos and offices in the same space. This lie is pushed despite the clear, deep political, financial, and personal relationships that facilitate exactly this sort of cozy relationship between public and private actors. Read more