Housing Complex

The Glossy Video Case for Affordable Housing

A couple weeks ago, I previewed the campaign that D.C. affordable housing advocates were launching to push for better funding and administration of the District's housing programs. Now, they've got the materials online: A campaign video, plus a dense report on the need for a "continuum of affordable housing," or options from homelessness relief to homeownership.

In the video, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development executive director Bob Pohlman takes aim at one of Mayor Adrian Fenty's favorite sound bites.

"There's  a lot of talk about making Washington D.C. a world class city," Pohlman says. "When I hear that, it's usually in reference to, 'let's see new developments,' or maybe even new parks or recreation. But it's not often in reference to affordable housing. My view is, to be a world class city, you have to be providing decent housing."

...