FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2015
Hyacinth’s Place Statement on The Fair Budget Coalition’s FY ’16 Budget Recommendations
The Fair Budget Coalition, a partnership of local advocates for budget and policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in the District of Columbia, today released a report with its priorities for D.C.’s fiscal year 2016 budget. As a member of the Fair Budget Coalition, Hyacinth’s Place proudly stands behind this report and urges the City Council and Mayor Bowser to incorporate its recommendations as they craft the District’s budget over the next several months.
“We all have a vested interest in putting resources behind affordable housing and supportive services,” Hyacinth’s Place Executive Director Urla Barrow said. “These programs don’t just save the city money—they promote economic prosperity by giving those who are struggling the stability they need to achieve their full potential.”
Among the report’s recommendations are investing $12 million in the Department of Human Services permanent supportive housing program and $5 million for project- and sponsor-based Local Rent Supplement Program vouchers. It also includes an extension for families who receive TANF benefits, $12 million for the Workforce Investment Council to connect adults to career pathways, $3 million to implement and enforce worker protection laws, and a commitment to the right to year-round shelter.
“Housing should be a reality for everyone—and it can be, if we pass an inclusive budget that meets the needs of underresourced populations and upholds the guiding principle that we are all Washington, D.C.,” said Government Relations and Advocacy Manager Vanessa Wellbery.
Hyacinth’s Place provides affordable, permanent housing with on-site support services to formerly homeless women with a mental-health diagnosis. Its mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by giving second chances, fighting stigma against mental illness, and advocating for public policies that are proven to end chronic homelessness and poverty. It became a member of the Fair Budget Coalition in 2014.
You can read the full report here.
Vanessa Wellbery, Government Relations and Advocacy Manager