After much debate, the D.C. Council passed preliminary legislation to stabilize funding for the city's first-time home-buyers program, providing $50 million to fund it.
"I can't imagine anyone on this council being against this issue," said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. "We need to recognize that we are going to have to make some difficult choices."
D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), said, "If it were not for the HPAP program I would not be in my house today."
Council member David Catania (I-At Large), noted, "I didn't need to be lectured to about the importance of affordable housing. I will support this, but we need to have our eyes open because things are changing."
The Housing Production Trust Fund Stabilization Act, which was introduced by D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), brought out dozens of community activists in support of the bill. The council also passed the Housing Regulation Administration Amendment Act that insulates the city's rent administrator from being fired by the mayor.
Hamil R. Harris