Bradley Freedman

  • Hosted by Bread for the City
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, Bread for the City
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps VISTA, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Bradley Freedman worked with residents of HUD-subsidized properties in Washington, D.C. to ensure these properties remain affordable and help tenants to organize and advocate for safe and livable homes.

In the last 15 years the District of Columbia lost almost half of its affordable housing units. 25% of renters in the District spend over half of their income on rent and utilities. Low-income residents have it even worse—64% of the lowest-income residents are severely rent-burdened. As rents continue to rise, it is increasingly difficult to pay for housing while also paying for other necessities. The federal government has not created any new project-based Section 8 housing in decades.

 

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