Meet Basic Human Needs NOW
Tell DC Leaders, "Meet Basic Human Needs Now"
As many cities continue to struggle financially, DC has enjoyed a budget surplus the past two fiscal years, in part because it has either cut or underfunded important programs that serve people most in need. DC just announced a $417 million "surplus" that will go into the bank instead of helping DC residents, unless you take action.
We urge the Mayor and Council to use some of its extra money on critical programs that help DC residents most in need, including:
- Services to enable families in the TANF program to address work barriers and gain employment
- The Housing Production Trust Fund, which helps produce and preserve affordable housing, and has seen its funding diminish drastically during the recession
- Services to maintain a basic safety net for all who experience homelessness or a housing crisis, including youth, survivors of domestic violence, and families with minor children, the elderly, and others.
- Expanding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to prevent more people from becoming homeless, including working residents without children who are not currently eligible.
Take action below to let our officials know all possible resources should be used to restore critical services now and that the city needs to invest in these programs in future budgets.