Housing and Neighborhoods Issues/Reports
September 15, 2020
To the ANC3F Commissioners:The Housing and Neighborhoods Committee met last night, Sept. 14, 2020. We had a full agenda: rent control, affordable housing and vetting and voucher problems.In addition we spoke with 3 new candidates for the committee: Alexandria Appah, Tvonne Donovan (who was not able to join us but had spoken with 2 of our committee members previously) and Keshini Ladduwahetty, all of whom the committee felt were strongly qualified and welcome.As we are now a rather large body we will work in task forces on the above issues.The subject of rent control was extensively discussed, with bills before CM Anita Bonds’ committee the most immediate concern. It was decided not to ask ANC3F for a resolution for testimony at this time, however a proposed Rent Control Reform bill yet to be scheduled for a hearing by CM Bonds may warrant official comment.Affordable housing is foremost in our minds as well and Commissioner Cristeal will liaison, as a member of Ward3 Vision, to aim to jointly sponsor a Ward 3 – wide Roundtable. As Chair I will reach out to other ANCs in Ward 3 to urge them to participate as well in this important issue.We have made efforts to move beyond the initial problems of new residents in our area to work with the various city agencies and organizations devoted to the homeless, for example, to better understand vetting, with the aim of ongoing contact with our new neighbors on issues like schools, safety and everyday life.
June 21, 2020
From: Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Re; June meeting report
The committee met on June 1st. There was extensive discussion on the Mayor’s budget and the provisions of legislation on rent relief due to the Corona virus and attendant economic ills before the City Council. We supported Commissioner Cristeal’s recommendations to the other Commissioners for an ANC resolution regarding these legislative proposals.
There was also considerable discussion about recommending extending support for a middle-class rent relief provision to the impending legislation, without resolution. This discussion is continuing.
Finally, the committee considered the question of affordable housing in Ward 3, which has somewhat been put on hold by the Corona virus emergency, and a meeting with Council Member Cheh; this discussion is also ongoing.