The DC Affordable Housing Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the availability of affordable housing in the District of Columbia. We are dedicated to promoting policies, programs and resources that support the successful development, preservation and operation of housing and related programs and services. The group has been convening on an ad hoc basis for 20 years.
About the DC Affordable Housing Alliance
DC AHA members include: DC Fiscal Policy Institute | Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless | SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat) | Coalition for Smarter Growth | City First Homes
What we believe in:
- We believe that housing affordability is one of the most pressing needs facing low- and moderate income households in the District of Columbia.
- We believe government funding is critical to the continued and increasing availability of affordable housing, and that additional investment and program/policy reform should happen concurrently.
- We believe that resources should be pegged to need, and that investment should be most heavily focused on the greatest need.
- We believe preservation, production and services are all important.
What we do:
- Convene affordable housing stakeholders on legislative, program and budget issues.
- Develop and promote advocacy positions on housing and housing-related policies, programs and funding.
- Educate the broader DC community re: housing issues.
- Advocate with public officials.
- Press for reform of flawed policies and programs.
- Research and develop issue briefs
How we do it:
- Convene a coalition that is open to all stakeholders seeking input.
- Form advocacy positions based on objective policy analysis and best practices.
- Support and promote independent policy research on related issues.
- Promote housing advocacy that represents issues of the entire housing community – community activists and advocates, developers and land trusts, service providers, legal services, funders, and faith-based organizations.
DC AHA affordable housing issue briefs for 2014 candidates
- Accessible housing for people with disabilities
- Affordable housing tax abatements
- Commercial Linkage Program – Using one time fees to help meet the need for housing created by commercial development
- Inclusionary Zoning: Integrating affordable housing into new development to build inclusive neighborhoods
- New Communities Program
- Public Land Dispositions – assuring affordable housing as a top priority
- Shared Equity: Ensuring DC homeownership assistance benefits current and future residents through permanent affordability
- Zoning for Housing Choices: Zoning code revision lowers barriers & costs for better housing options
- Local Rent Supplement Program