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DC residents hold rally for racial equity

Dozens of DC residents packed the gym of Savoy Elementary.

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development held a 'Rally for Racial Equity, Housing, and Jobs,' Saturday.

Dozens of DC residents packed the gym of Savoy Elementary. They rallied for housing so every District resident has an affordable place to call home.

Stephen Glaude, President and CEO of CNHED believes all residents should be able to live in housing they can also afford. CNHED is also calling for more jobs that afford people a career-path that allows DC residents to grow their income.

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"The disparities between affluent and poor and white and black in the District is something that has an alarming pattern and is something we can no longer tolerate, we have to address it," said Glaude.

Mayor Muriel Bowser along with several other Councilmembers also addressed the crowd Saturday.

According to a CNHED spokesperson, the organization is calling on Mayor Bowser and Councilmembers to do the following:

  • Implement strategies in every sector to achieve racial equity in the District.
  • Increase investments in key affordable housing programs, especially those that prioritize extremely low-income residents and communities of color, and support policies that increase the supply of affordable housing.
  • Increase investments and coordinate across agencies and with service providers to end chronic homelessness.
  • Create opportunities through policies and smart investments that give residents the ability to find and retain career-path employment that supports their financial stability and growth.
  • Provide small businesses, the life-blood of the District, access to capital, market opportunities and technical assistance to help them--and our communities--grow and thrive.