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Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Interfaith group urges more jobs, affordable housing

The Washington Interfaith Network called on D.C. city officials Monday night to use $45 million from the city’s surplus to employ 40,000 residents and find 10,000 affordable housing units over the next four years.

Rev. Joseph Daniels, one of the organizing pastors of WIN. (Hamil Harris - THE WASHINGTON POST)
More than 2,000 people gathered in the pews of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church downtown for the town hall meeting.

Referring to a speech he made in the same pulpit 15 years ago, the Rev. Joseph Daniels said the city had “a mess on [its] hands’’in the mid-1990s. Today, he said, progress has been made, but all is not well.

“Who is doing well in this city? “ asked the Rev. Christine Wiley, co-pastor of the Coventant Baptist United Church of Christ in Southeast. “Downtown hotels, developers are doing well …but I am still waiting for jobs and money to trickle down to the people in Ward 8.”

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