The Fair Budget Coalition advocates for budget and public policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in the District of Columbia. The Fair Budget Coalition accomplishes these goals by leveraging the collective power of its member organizations, including working with social service providers to empower those directly affected by poverty to participate in the advocacy process.
The Fair Budget Coalition believes in a just and inclusive District of Columbia, a place that supports strong and stable communities, that allows low-income residents to live in dignity, and that makes it possible for all residents to achieve economic security.

We believe that such a community:

  • ensures a secure and affordable home to all;
  • provides adequate jobs, a living wage, and income security for all;
  • provides all with the education and training necessary for an improved quality of life;
  • guarantees environmental health and safety to all;
  • ensures that all have access to excellent medical care;
  • can remedy the diseases of substance abuse and mental illness with encouragement, support, and quality treatment services;
  • provides our incarcerated brothers and sisters with humane treatment and the opportunity for rehabilitation;
  • must maintain an effective “social safety net” that can minimize the impact of crises on the lives of women, men, and children;
  • and must exercise self-determination vis-a-vis local budget, policies, and law.
Since its founding in 1994, the Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) has brought together human service and legal services providers, community members directly impacted by poverty, advocates, faith organizations and concerned District residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that address human needs. We were born out of the value that human needs must be addressed in a strategic and comprehensive way. Standing together representing a variety of interests and perspectives, the Coalition brings this message and the voices of our neighbors in need into the local decision-making processes.

Over the last 8 years, FBC has won over $240 million dollars in funding for programs and services in the District, through restorations, increases in funding, and future commitments. In addition, we have helped hundreds of District residents share their stories with elected officials through public testimony, meetings, and public actions. In 2012, several of our actions garnered media attention, including a protest of over 60 parents and children from the family homeless shelter and a demonstration of over 200 DC residents to protest budget cuts to social services.

FBC has grown to represent over 80 organizations plus dozens of concerned citizens and people impacted by poverty who come together to engage in advocacy and organizing around social and economic justice in the District of Columbia.

The Fair Budget Coalition is a membership organization that has come together across issue areas to fight for a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of all our community members. Our organizational members include:

Academy of Hope

The Arc of DC

Bread for the City

Bright Beginnings

Capital Area Asset Builders Corporation

Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Hill Group Ministry

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Center for Non-profit Advancement

Children’s Law Center

Coalition for Smarter Growth

Community Services Agency/Metro Washington Council  AFL/CIO

Cornerstone, Inc.

Covenant House Washington

DC Advocates for the Arts

DC Alliance of Youth Advocates

DC Central Kitchen

DC Catholic Conference

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

DC Coalition of Providers for Persons with Intellectual and Other Disabilities

DC Employment Justice Center

DC Hunger Solutions

DC Jobs with Justice

DC Law Students in Court


DC Primary Care Association

DC Rape Crisis Center

DC Senior Advisory Coalition

DC Statehood Green Party

District Alliance for Safe Housing

Emmaus Services for the Aging, Inc.

Empower DC

Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaborative Council

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Iona Senior Services

Jews United for Justice

Jubilee Jobs

League of Women Voters

Lift DC

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Many Language One Voice

Miriam’s Kitchen

Mothers Outreach Network

Northwest Settlement House

One DC

People For Fairness Coalition

Perry School Community Services Center

Positive Force DC

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

RCM of Washington

So Others Might Eat Inc.

Southeast Ministry

The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

We are Family Senior Outreach Network, Inc.

Wider Opportunities for Women

Monica Kamen

Monica Kamen is the Advocacy Coordinator at the DC Fair Budget Coalition. Prior to joining FBC, Monica worked as a community organizer for Jews United for Justice, where she was involved in a variety of local campaigns including raising the minimum wage and leading a campaign to win paid sick days for all workers in DC. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Monica moved to the DC area in 2007 where she earned a B.A in Arabic Studies at the University of Maryland and joined the JUFJ staff in 2011.

Monica Kamen, Advocacy Coordinator, 202-780-8322, monica@fairbudget.org


Ericka Taylor

Ericka Taylor is the Executive Director of the DC Fair Budget Coalition. Prior to joining FBC, she served as the Development Director for The Other 98%, a netroots organization dedicated to ending the corporate control of the U.S. political system. She worked as a community organizer with the Washington, DC chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and trained young people and youth organizers as the Southeast Regional Program Coordinator for YouthAction, based in Albuquerque, NM. Beginning in 2000, Ericka joined the philanthropic community, working as a Program Officer at the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, where she directed funding to organizations working on issues that included low-wage worker organizing, living wages, affordable housing, homelessness, predatory lending and fair taxation. Ericka left Public Welfare to return to grassroots work and became the Organizing Coordinator for ONE DC. In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in fiction, from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, and she holds a BA in English from Cornell University. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors or Steering Committees of the National Organizers Alliance, Progressive Technology Project, and Youth Education Alliance and is currently a board member of the National Priorities Project and Western States Center.

Ericka Taylor, Executive Director, 202-780-8322, ericka@fairbudget.org


Alexandra Ashbrook

Alex Ashbrook serves as the director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger, anti-poverty non-profit in the District and an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).  She works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income families in the nation’s capital.  She was appointed to chair the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition in the fall of 2009, which advised the Mayor on anti-hunger and nutrition policies; served on the executive committee and co-chaired the policy committee that created the City Obesity Work Group, which developed the District’s State Obesity Plan; is on the steering committee of both the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and Defeat Poverty D.C.; and was elected to serve as the community representative for Live Well DC. Alex, who joined FRAC in January 2007 as the Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, brings extensive advocacy experience to her role, much of which has focused on the needs of vulnerable youth.  While at Georgetown Law School’s D.C. Street Law Project, Alex supervised law students teaching at D.C. public high schools. She then spent ten years working at Street Law, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming democratic ideals into citizen action.  Alex received her J.D. and L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

DC Hunger Solutions, 202-986-2200 ext. 3019 aashbrook@dchunger.org 

Cheryl K. Barnes

Cheryl Barnes has been a freelance homeless activist for 25 years in Washington, DC. Cheryl grew up in the era of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, which helped to shape her advocacy. Cheryl began her advocacy work when she met Mitch Snyder, a leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV).  CCNV began operating a shelter for men and women who are homeless in the 1980′s.  When she first arrived at CCNV, Mitch Snyder was about to go into his first hunger strike.  Cheryl would sit outside of his room with other residents and would check in on him. Mitch began Cheryl’s journey as an advocate.  He recruited her for a protest on Capitol Hill, where she sat in a chicken coop to draw attention to the warehousing of people who were homeless.  Cheryl participated in numerous protests before, during, and after the era of the DC Control Board and has been actively advocating for people who are homeless. Cheryl is a speaker with the Speakers Bureau through the National Coalition for the Homeless. She has traveled all over the country speaking with people about homelessness and advocacy in Washington, DC. She serves on the board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, works actively with N Street Village, and has been appointed by the Mayor to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness. She has testified at numerous hearings before the DC Council as well as on Capitol Hill. Cheryl has often worked to increase advocacy among people who are homeless. She has participated in numerous protests, panels, and discussions around homelessness. Cheryl wants to help people who are homeless to fight to reclaim the community that they were born into.

Patrica DeFerrari

Patricia DeFerrari is Director of Research and Program Development at Academy of Hope an adult education center serving low-income DC residents since 1985.  In this position she is responsible for data management, curriculum development, program evaluation, and faculty development.   Prior to joining the Academy of Hope staff in 2002, Patricia served as Evening Programs Manager at Graduate School, USDA.   A second-generation Washingtonian, Patricia has a commitment to serving people experiencing homelessness, a commitment that includes more than twenty years of volunteer work with Christ House and seven years with the Sacred Heart Dinner Program.

Academy of Hope 601 Edgewood St. NE suite 25 Washington, DC 20017 202-269-6623 ext 110 patricia@aohdc.org

Richard Flintrop

Richard Flintrop is a policy analyst with the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. A resident of DC for 15 years, Richard has devoted most of that time to the development of the HFTC Collaboratives, a neighborhood based network of supports for at-risk children and families. Among his current responsibilities, he serves as grant manager for a DHS grant that funds the Collaboratives’ participation in the DC Fatherhood Initiative. A native of Wisconsin, Richard initially came to the District to work at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where he provided technical assistance to a number of states that had been selected to participate in a child welfare reform initiative funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In Wisconsin, Richard served for ten years as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he chaired the Education Committee and sponsored a wide range of legislation advancing reforms in the juvenile justice, mental health and child welfare systems in the state. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Fair Budget Coalition, the Department of Mental Health CINGS Systems of Care Implementation Council and is active in the Affordable Housing Alliance.

Healthy Families Thriving Communities Callaboratives Council 1825 K St., NW #710 Washington, DC 20010 202-22-4047 rflintrop@hftcc.org

Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Esq.

Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Esq. has worked on affordable housing and homelessness issues in the District of Columbia since 1980; she is one of the co-founders, and presently is the Executive Director, of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, which for twenty years has advocated on behalf of people struggling with homelessness and poverty in the nation’s capital. In addition to providing individual representation to clients through a network of 150 volunteers who staff nine intake sites at shelters, day centers and dining programs throughout the District, the Legal Clinic has been a forceful advocate around issues such as affordable housing, welfare reform, mental health treatment, disability rights, and the homeless services continuum of care.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless True Reformer Bldg 1200 U St., NW, 3rd fl Washington, DC  20009 202-28-5504 patty@legalclinic.org

Amber Harding

Amber is a staff attorney and founder and director of the David M Booth Disability Rights Initiative at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Amber joined the Legal Clinic in 2003 as a Steptoe & Johnson Equal Justice Works Fellow, after receiving a law degree from Georgetown University and a degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Through direct legal representation and policy advocacy, Amber advocates for the rights of District of Columbia residents to access emergency shelter and affordable housing. In 2011, her work on improving the accessibility of emergency shelters was cited as a “particularly noteworthy” example of a successful reform campaign by the Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys. Amber recently was honored by SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Respectful Change) for her “deep commitment to and outstanding legal support for Washington DC’s homeless.” Along with Legal Clinic attorney Marta Beresin, Amber also received the Professional Women in Advocacy 2013 Award for Excellence in a State Advocacy Campaign. In addition to serving on the steering committee of the Fair Budget Coalition, she is also a member of the Local Human Rights Advisory Board and volunteers as a mentor for the DC Bar Pro Bono Program on eviction defense cases.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless True Reformer Bldg 1200 U St., NW, 3rd fl Washington, DC  20009 202-328-5503 amber@legalclinic.org

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