More Affordable Housing.
As residents of Ward 3 committed to housing and racial justice, we believe that:
People from all walks of life and all income levels should be able to live in Ward 3 if they choose to. That includes people who work here -- construction workers, barbers, teaching assistants, home health aides, bus drivers, lab technicians-- and those who live on fixed incomes.
Substantial public investment is required to produce abundant affordable housing; profit-driven development alone is not enough.
New models of affordable housing can be well-planned and well-designed to achieve racial equity, create vibrant community life, and enhance neighborhood character.
Together we can think big and take bold action to create affordable homes where people can grow and thrive.
We take advantage of redevelopment opportunities for deeply affordable, affordable, and workforce housing in Ward 3. Every opportunity must have full engagement with the community in a participatory and community-led process to plan for infill development or redevelopment.
These opportunities include:
The Wardman Hotel (formerly Marriott) in Woodley Park.
Vacant sites in Friendship Heights, such as Mazza Gallerie, Lord & Taylor, and WMATA's bus garage sites.
A small area plan for the Tenleytown Metrorail Station from Albemarle Street up to and incorporating the Friendship Heights Metrorail Station.
The stereotype of Ward 3 is that it is made up of rich white people who don’t want affordable housing in their neighborhoods. Ward 3 Housing Justice believes that this is a convenient excuse for the city not to do the work and invest in making all areas of the city available to all of its residents. The time is right to move away from that tired narrative and build a healthy supply of truly affordable housing in Ward 3.