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Council of the District of ColumbiaCommittee on Economic Development and HousingNotice of Public Oversight Roundtable
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Long Term Funding and Planning: Ensuring the Survival of the Local RentSupplement Program
Councilmember Michael Brown, Chairperson of the Committee on EconomicDevelopment and Housing, announces a public oversight roundtable on: Long TermFunding and Planning: Ensuring the Survival of the Local Rent Supplement Program.The public oversight roundtable will be held
on, October 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., in theCouncil Chamber, Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave.,NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.The Local Rent Supplement Program was established in 2007 as a result of recommendations from the original Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force. TheCity made a commitment to very low income residents by putting this unique locallyfunded program in place, to combat federal funding cuts to public housing and housingchoice vouchers, with a goal of removing 1,000 families from the DC Housing
Authority’s waiting list annually.
Despite this goal, the program was consistently flatfunded after the initial year. Although the program did not expand as planned, the Cityhad taken pains to protect the budget for the 1,000 housing slots in the program but nowthe District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has been directed to shrink theprogram. The Committee learned recently, despite action over the past two years by theCouncil, DCHA
was directed by the Executive’s budget office to allow
a number of vacant local rental assistance vouchers under the LRSP to lapse. During the last twobudgets, the Council has stricken proposed language in the Budget Support Act directingDCHA not to fill vacant vouchers.The source of ongoing funding of the program is another critical area. TheCommittee maintains that designating more than $17,000,000 from the HousingProduction Trust Fund in each of the last two budgets to cover the continuing costs of theLRSP is contrary to the intent of the program. Over the first years of the LRSP, supportfor the program came from the general fund, the more recent practice of siphoning olarge sums form the HPTF only serves to pit two distinct and equally importantaffordable housing tools against each other. Doing so ultimately places an even heavier
 burden on the District’s
ability to effectively execute the full range of housing productionand preservation.The practical effect of allowing these policies to continue will be the contractionand the eventual death of the Local Rent Supplement Program and an overall reduction in

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