After years of sustained advocacy and community organizing, LEDC and tenants celebrated DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s $100 million dollar investment to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing in the District.
Fueled in part by our commitment to develop tenant leadership skills and our campaign work to improve housing conditions, preserve affordable housing, and expand ownership through the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, the victory was testament to the power of a vibrant tenant movement for housing affordability. Tenants advocated at multiple levers of city government, including public hearings, meetings with agency staff and directors, and community forums.
The funding set in motion new opportunities to help families avoid displacement due to rising housing costs. The success of the 5741 Colorado Housing Cooperative – highlighted at the 2013 Tenant Town Hall – inspired new tenant associations to assert their legal rights to stay in communities under redevelopment.
“It has been our dream that our building would always stay affordable housing for the residents of the District of Columbia,” said tenant leader Gale Varga. “Having control of our building and our future feels like life has so much to offer now.”