$50 million for DC micro housing? Testimony needed
In November 2015, Washington DC Council Member Vincent Orange introduced B21-462, the Minimum Wage, Living Wage, and Millennial Tiny Housing Amendment Act of 2015.
The legislation would require the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity to establish the Minimum Wage, Living Wage, and Millennial Tiny Housing Initiative, which would provide $50 million to build 1,000 new ‘tiny’ homes, no less than 600 square feet each, for eligible applicants. In addition, the houses would be constructed by District small business enterprises at a cost of no more than $50,000.
While some of the numbers seem a bit off to us, we applaud the big picture thinking behind the bill. A public hearing on the bill is occurring today, but written testimony is encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. The official record will remain open until close of business Monday, February 15, 2016.
If you are a DC resident, please consider writing a brief testimony! Here is all you need:
—Sample Micro Showcase testimony on B21-462 (this includes comments on how the bill could be made stronger).
—Text of Bill B21-462 (for reference)
Copies of written statements should be mailed to:
Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs
DC Council, John A. Wilson Building, Suite 119
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20004