A Controversial Solution To D.C.’s Housing Crisis: Help The Middle Class | WAMU

May 02, 2019
  • D.C. Policy Center
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On May 2, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Taylor’s report on D.C.’s housing stock was cited by WAMU:

In her proposed 2020 budget, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for the creation of an unprecedented $20 million “workforce housing” fund that would subsidize homes affordable to middle-income professionals like teachers, social workers, first responders and yes, journalists. The budget is subject to approval from the D.C. Council, which takes its first budget vote May 14.

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Finally, some say supporting workforce housing could reduce stress on the overall housing market, with indirect benefits for low-income residents. A key driver of displacement in the city is higher-income people competing with lower-income people for homes, according to the D.C. Policy Center, a business-backed think tank. Provide more housing for those higher-income-but-not-wealthy people, the theory goes, and you reduce competition for lower-cost homes.

Read more: A Controversial Solution To D.C.’s Housing Crisis: Help The Middle Class | WAMU

Related: Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: The Full Report | D.C. Policy Center

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