Gray (D) acknowledged that an expected surfeit of city revenue will, in the third year of his term, permit him for the first time to pursue significant new spending — starting with a $100 million commitment to affordable housing.
The pledge to create or preserve 10,000 units for seniors, government workers and other medium- and low-income residents won a standing ovation from an overflow crowd at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue near Mount Vernon Square.
“We were once worried about the District becoming a city of haves and have-nots,” he said. “But now we are increasingly in danger of becoming a city of only haves.”
It's good to see money going in this direction, though more would certainly be better. Pay raises for city employees and a $15 million fund for city non-profits were also discussed.