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Shelter Conditions Briefing Reinforces What Residents Have Been Saying

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Monica Kamen On a cold day in February, a group of advocacy leaders from  Isaiah House gathered to discuss some of the biggest challenges they face in the city’s shelters for homeless singles. Isaiah House, a day program run by So Others Might Eat, provides a therapeutic space for people who have been impacted by homelessness. It is also a space for individuals to come together to learn how to best advocate for themselves and their communities. Those gathered on that February morning shared stories about what life in shelters is really...

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FY16 Budget Report Released

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Fair Budget Coalition has released its budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year, “We Are ALL D.C.” Download the executive summary and full report or scroll down to view them. Interested in seeing how this year’s recommendations compare to last year’s? Download the report for FY15, “The Best of Times for Some, The Worst of Times for Most: Budgeting to Reduce Income Inequality,” here. We Are ALL D.C. – Full Report View this document on Scribd We Are ALL D.C. – Executive...

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Budget Release Press Conference & Panel on Poverty

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With a new mayor and several new councilmembers, we have an opportunity to make sure that the city’s budget works for all DC residents! Join members of the Fair Budget Coalition and Councilmembers David Grosso, Elissa Silverman, and Charles Allen for the release of our annual budget report. We’ll release our recommendations for how to make DC a more just and inclusive city by protecting workers, getting DC residents into affordable and dignified housing, and getting more DC residents the jobs and incomes they need to support...

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Celebrate FBC’s 20th Anniversary!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Believe it or not, FBC has been advocating for a just budget for all DC residents for 20 years now. We think that’s worth celebrating. On Friday, November 7, we’ll be gathering at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law to share stories, cocktails, reminiscences, appetizers, reflections, and visions for a more equitable DC. Register here. We look forward to seeing you...

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Council Passes the Budget Request Act with Human Needs a Major Priority!

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Budget Request Act was passed successfully yesterday, May 28th, by the DC Council. The second vote on the Budget Support Act will happen on June 11. We want to give our profound congratulations to all Fair Budget members, volunteers and allies who have worked so hard to win funding for these programs. Thank you for standing with us over the last year to educate legislators, get our issues into the media, plan events and actions, call and email Councilmembers, mobilize staff and clients, and everything else you did with us to make human...

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Think DC Has Gentrified? A New Proposed Council Bill Will Make It Even More So

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Angie Rogers May 22, 2014 The DC Council has introduced legislation that would change how long a homeownership unit must remain affordable when it is subsidized by the Housing Production Trust Fund—DC’s main source for affordable housing construction and renovation.  Right now, homeownership units subsidized by the HPTF must remain affordable for at least 15 years.  This means that if someone wants to sell their unit during that time period, they must sell it at a price that another low-income buyer can afford.  After 15 years,...

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“Close the Divide” Action & Public Forum: May 23

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

            The DC Council is in its final stage of deciding what programs should get funded in the DC budget. Do you want to see more adult literacy? Less homelessness? Good jobs? More affordable housing? Then stand with us at Fair Budget’s final action before the budget vote:   Close the Divide!: A Public Forum on Reducing Inequality in DC Friday, May 23rd 10am-Noon At the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Bring ID to get in the building Light Lunch provided RSVP Here:...

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Face-to-Face Rally & Photo Exhibit to End Homelessness

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s everyone’s job to end homelessness It’s time to come Face to Face with the need to end homelessness in our city. Thursday, May 15th At the Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave RALLY: 10:00am-Noon Stand with us to call for a comprehensive approach to address homelessness in DC that meets the long- and short-term needs of DC families, individuals and youth.  Limited lunch available. PHOTO EXHIBIT: 10:00am-5:00pm View the one-day “Face to Face” exhibit in the Wilson Building atrium; featuring photos...

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Mayor’s Budget Shortchanges Under-Educated DC Adults … and Their Kids

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Cross-posted from the Poverty and Policy blog. By Kathryn Baer. “We have jobs and we have people,” says DC Appleseed’s Deputy Director. “But the education people have doesn’t fit the jobs available.” The real problem, however, as she goes on to suggest, is the education that many people don’t have. This isn’t a rerun of the oft-debunked skills gap myth — at least so far as the District of Columbia is concerned. The extraordinarily high high unemployment rates in the poorer parts of the city apparently reflect a lack...

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Help Seniors Put Food On the Table

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shirley Washington reaches into her freezer to pull out individually bagged portions of fruit, which she purchased fresh from the grocery store when it went on sale. “This is how we do it in the south” notes Shirley as she begins assembling a version of her typical breakfast shake. Nuts and 1% milk are added to the mixture which quickly begins to whirl loudly in a blender. The blender, which spent a year in its box, is now Shirley’s staple appliance. “I’m not ashamed of anything in my life” says Shirley, who, at 62, participates...

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