In the past 15 years, with support from SOME’s residents and Advocacy Network along with coalition partners, SOME succeeded in getting increased funding into the District budget and policy changes for several important citywide programs.
- Inclusionary Zoning -- incentives for developers to include affordable units.
- Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) provides capital dollars for investment in land/buildings, preservation or reconstruction. We succeeded in increasing this resource from $14M to nearly $500M/year.
- Local Rent Supplement Program-- provides operating subsidies and tenant-based vouchers. Interim Disability Assistance -- while disabled applicants wait for Federal determinations of their SSI/SSDI applications
- Homeless Services Reform Act, increased funding for Permanent Supportive Housing, Targeted Affordable Housing, other tools for chronically homeless persons
- Nongovernmental partnerships, education and outreach-- Project Homeless Connect annual service fair, coordinated by United Way of the National Capital Area, Coalition of Housing and Homeless Organizations (COHHO), Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
- Effectively financed the Career Pathways Innovation Fund, enabling individuals to learn industry skills while building basic literacy, math, and employment skills.
- Added nearly $16 million to the DC Housing Production Trust Fund, $11.5 million for the Affordable Housing Preservation Fund, and $12 million for Workforce housing tax abatements.
- Secured over $6 million for transitional housing for families and single adults.
- Stabilized funding for the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Mobile Crisis Response Program.
- Achieved $8 million for Housing Counseling Services that are essential to helping renters know their rights, retain their housing, and become homeowners.
- Engaged in comprehensive plan to improve conditions in emergency shelters.
- Ensured funding to develop a 10-year all-inclusive strategic plan for the aging population in DC. A new senior wellness facility which broke ground in 2020.
- Increased funding to continue homeless outreach services that totaled over $3.5m, previously funded by federal grants.