Candidates forum at SOME

SOME Hosts Candidates Forum for April Special Election

Statehood Green Party candidate and army veteran Perry Redd explained that he had experienced homelessness himself after leaving the military.

He contended the city has not done enough to address family homelessness, which has risen steeply since the recession. The number of homeless families in DC increased by 46 percent between 2008 and 2011, and an additional 19 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the results of annual homeless counts.

Frumin REALLY does not get it:
Statements made about homelessness led to the topic of the city’s

scarcity of affordable housing. Frumin proposed a $500 monthly voucher for teachers, policemen, firemen and other city employees to be put towards rent or mortgage.

This will do exactly nothing for workers in food service, retail, hospital, and hospitality, the sector of our workforce most likely to become homeless. Besides we do not need vouchers, we need low cost housing.

Attorney Paul Zuckerberg (D) added that the city needs to be more meticulous in where the fund’s money is actually going.

“I want to see housing money going towards real housing units,” he said. “We need to make sure it’s going to housing and not the pockets of lobbyists and special interest groups.”

Excellent point, if there are not more units available, then DC is just chasing its tail.

Silverman is just hopeless:

“The key component to preventing homelessness is making sure folks have jobs,” said Silverman. “We need to look at who is employable and who is not.”

In other words, we have to decide who gets thrown under the bus.

Silverman, who said her work at the fiscal policy institute has given her insights into the challenges of workforce development, also spoke in support of putting money into job training programs and adult literacy programs.

In other words, she is looking for ways to direct city money into the pockets of her fellow advocates, not create a jobs program for the City’s army of unemployed.

Patrick Mara and Anita Bonds could not be bothered to show up, so we can write them off.

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