On May 15th, the DC Council took their first vote on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. The Council’s budget amended the Mayor’s Budget proposal and makes significant investments towards ending chronic homelessness for individuals and providing Permanent Supportive Housing for families. Still, this budget falls short of the housing investments needed to put DC back on track to end chronic homelessness.
We are pleased to see significant expansions for many of our top priorities, including:
- 99 additional units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for singles, for a total of 349 units
- 40 additional units of Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH) for singles, for a total of 110 units
- 117 additional units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for families, for a total of 167 units.
These increases would not have happened without your support. We heard time and time again from our elected officials that the advocacy from The Way Home Campaign was a driving force behind these investments. Thank you for taking action with us! Additionally, we are grateful for the help of the Council’s Budget Office and our stalwart champions on the DC Council.
Still, we are concerned that only 41% of The Way Home Campaign’s housing recommendations were funded. While this funding level does represent a significant increase of 17% from the Mayor’s funding, we worry that, without increased funding, we will not realize our shared goal of ending chronic homelessness.
We encourage the DC Council to explore ways to increase funding for life-saving housing interventions between now and the final budget vote. The DC Council should budget as any responsible household would and only fund luxuries when all other basic needs, like housing, have been realized.
Please stay tuned for our final advocacy push in advance of the Council’s final budget vote.