Social Housing | Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America

Social Housing

We need publicly owned social housing in DC that keeps working-class people in the city and puts families before developer’s profits.

We demand the Council pass the Green New Deal for Housing!!

Housing is a human right and every DC resident has the right to a safe, clean and stable place to live. After leaving the District’s housing crisis solely to private developers for decades, working families have been pushed out of DC or faced higher housing costs so developers and private investors can make more profits.

The DC Council must take bold action by passing the Green New Deal for Housing bill so the District can build publicly owned affordable housing that keeps working people in DC and benefits residents over developers. Popularized in Vienna, social housing allows cities like DC to build, manage, and grow a stock of mixed-income, publicly-owned housing. Moreover, by creating a public option for housing, we’ll drive down rents in private market housing, benefiting everyone.

Metro DC DSA has joined the Green New Deal for DC campaign, a growing coalition of activists, housing advocates, climate organizers, unions, and allies on the Council pushing to pass a social housing bill which would create an agency tasked with building, managing, and growing social housing in the District.

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Learn more about social housing from these articles
AOC, Sanders Unveil 'Green New Deal' for Housing (Politico, 3/21/24)

What If Public Housing Were For Everyone? (Vox, 2/10/24)

There's A Growing Push To Develop Social Housing In DC. What Is It? (DCist, 1/17/24)

Just Build the Homes (Slate, 5/22/23)

How State Governments are Reimagining American Public Housing (Vox, 8/4/22)

A Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis Through Social Housing (People's Policy Project, 4/5/18)

The Case for Social Housing in Washington DC (Center for Social Housing and Public Investment, 2023)

A New Model for Social Housing in DC (Street Sense, 1/4/23)

The Basic Logistics of Public Development (Center for Public Enterprise, 5/31/23)

A Green New Deal for affordable housing may be coming to DC (Petworth News, 10/19/22)

Campaign Kickoff, Summer 2023

Check out a recording of our Socialist Night School on YouTube! (7/21/23)

Check out a Night School companion interview on Empower DC's radio show Taking Action! (7/18/23)

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