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Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser serves as Washington, DC’s seventh elected Mayor. Sworn in on January 2, 2015, she pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia, create pathways to the middle class for residents, and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency and action.

Mayor Bowser expanded opportunity across all 8 Wards of DC by strengthening job training programs, and by attracting and retaining jobs in the District. As of the first quarter of 2016, there are burgeoning projects across the city that will eventually deliver 32,000 new jobs. Washington, DC is the economic engine of the metropolitan region, and has one of the strongest local economies in the country.


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Mayor Bowser Announces Sale of All 33 Vacant Properties at Vacant to Vibrant DC...

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the sale of 33 District-owned vacant properties that will be transformed into affordable workforce housing. The properties were sold in an auction as part of Vacant to Vibrant DC – a program announced December 2017 to turn the balance of inventory in the Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD) of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) into vibrant and productive solutions.
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Mayor Bowser Appoints Ana Lopez Van Balen as the District’s First Affordable Housing Preservation...

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Ana Lopez Van Balen as the first Affordable Housing Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia. The Mayor’s Housing Preservation Strike Force recommended the creation of this position, located within the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to lead efforts to preserve the District’s existing affordable housing stock.
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Norton Commemorates 44th Anniversary of Home Rule Act, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement today on the 44th anniversary of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which was signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon on December 24, 1973.
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Norton to Host Special Order Time on House Floor to Commemorate the 44th Anniversary...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will commemorate the 44th anniversary of the enactment of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act on Christmas Eve by hosting a special order hour on the House floor tonight, Thursday, December 21, 2017. Norton will review the implications of the District’s fight for a local government leading up to the passage of the Home Rule Act and leading to D.C.’s 21st century struggle for statehood.
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District Leaders Announce that Washingtonians Can Pre-Pay Property Taxes in 2017

After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may deduct from their federal income tax, beginning in calendar year 2018. Under the new law, the amount that may be deducted is limited to $10,000 of the combined local income or sales taxes and real property taxes.
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Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Mayor Bowser released the following statement regarding the Council’s passage of the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017. “Today, the District took another bold step forward to making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
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Mayor Bowser to Break Ground on Housing and Retail Development in Ward 1

On Thursday, November 30, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), to break ground for The Wren at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The Wren, which is led by DMPED, is a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will produce more than 430 apartment units, including 132 units of affordable housing, and a new Whole Foods Market grocery store.
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Mayor Bowser Launches Campaign to Move 400 Families and Individuals into Permanent Housing During...

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger announced Home for the Holidays, a citywide campaign to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households into permanent housing during the holiday season. The Mayor made the announcement at a lease-agreement signing between landlord and tenant, standing alongside a District resident as she signed the lease for her family’s new home
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Mayor Bowser Launches “Home for the Holidays” Effort to Place 400 District Homeless Residents...

On Monday, November 20, at 10:30 am., Mayor Muriel Bowser will officially launch “Home for the Holidays,” a city-wide effort to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households in permanent housing during the holiday season. DC Department of Human Services (DHS) soft launched the initiative through social media and landlord outreach on November 15, 2017. This targeted campaign will run through January 15, 2018. According to the 2017 Point-in-Time Count, nearly 7,000 DC residents do not have a place to call home.
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Mayor Bowser Highlights the Devastating Impact of the Tax Reform Bill on Affordable Housing

Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the grand opening of Archer Park, a 190-unit affordable housing development located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8. The opening of this marquee affordable housing project comes just days after Mayor Bowser hosted a press conference with regional leaders to discuss concerns around the federal tax reform bills. Currently, the House tax reform bill, H.R.1,
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Mayor Bowser Joins DC Water to Kick Off DC Green Infrastructure Project

On Monday, October 23, at 10 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Administration and local officials to highlight the progress of DC Clean Rivers Project, a DC Water program to prevent stormwater and reduce combined sewage from overflowing into Rock Creek Park and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Located at a major green infrastructure site in the Brightwood community in Ward 4, Mayor Bowser will tour the construction of the permeable pavement, disconnected downspouts, and rain gardens for bio-retention
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Washington, DC Wins National Housing Policy Award

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was selected as the 2017 winner of the prestigious Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The award recognizes exemplary state and local programs that are using innovative strategies to produce, rehabilitate, or preserve workforce and affordable housing.
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HPTF Financing Preserves 360 Affordable Housing Units in Three Wards

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed three loan agreements totaling more than $18.9 million that will help preserve 360 affordable housing units in Wards 2, 7 and 8. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
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Mayor Bowser Launches DC Infrastructure Academy

Mayor Bowser signed a memorandum of intent to formally launch the DC Infrastructure Academy, a partnership between DC Government and utility, union, university, and private sector partners that will create a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs for District residents
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Mayor Bowser Announces New Affordable Housing for Petworth

Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced Victory Housing with Brinshore Development as the developer selected to redevelop the historic Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW in Ward 4. The project will produce 187 residential units, with 80 percent of the units created as affordable housing for seniors and families.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Start of Construction on $1 Billion Alameda Mixed-Use...

The City of Alameda and its private partner, Alameda Point Partners, LLC, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of the $1 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented waterfront development at the gateway to Alameda Point, called Site A. The 68-acre Site A development is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed over 20 years ago. Alameda Point Partners (APP) is a joint venture led by Managing Partner Trammell Crow Residential (TCR)

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Committee Advances Three Bills

This week, the Financial Services Committee approved three bills, bringing the total number of bills reported out of the Committee this Congress to 102. “These three important measures support the Committee’s continued efforts to increase housing mobility for low-income families