The Commission approved Resolution 4B-20-0205, Establishing Housing Justice Committee at its February 24, 2020, meeting. The Resolution establishing the Housing Justice Committee defines the Committee’s mandate to include (1) considering proposed developments within the Commission’s boundaries for purposes of determining how best to maximize affordable housing, including deeply affordable housing; (2) analyzing and providing feedback on proposed legislation and policy affecting affordable housing and homelessness with a goal of increasing and expanding deeply affordable housing; and (3) hosting and supporting educational events on topics related to affordable housing and homelessness. Commissioner Palmer serves as Chair of the Committee.
You can view the Housing Justice Committee’s Agendas here.
The Committee Members include the following individuals:
- Latifa Lyles is a longtime advocate for women and working families, including working on issues of economic security and survivor justice at a national level. Her work includes serving in the Obama Administration as head of the Women’s Bureau at the US Department of Labor. She has lived in DC for 25+ years and in Ward 4 since 2007. Currently, she sits on the DC Democratic State Committee.
- Julia Moran Morton is Chief Housing Development Officer with SOME (So Others Might Eat). She has worked in Housing Development in DC for decades and been involved with the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development and Housing Association for Non-profit Developers. Two of her most recent projects are at Walter Reed. She is also President of the All Souls Housing Corp Board. She has resided in the neighborhood for over 20 years.
- LeighAnn Smith Rosenberg is a civil rights attorney. She spent five years practicing housing law in Maryland, representing seniors and individuals living below the poverty line on a range of issues, including landlord-tenant disputes, tenant association advocacy, mortgage foreclosures, and property tax liens. In this role, she gained familiarity with federal, state, and local housing agencies, and engaging those agencies on their planning and rulemaking processes.
- Christopher Sousa is a consumer protection litigator for the federal government. He previously represented the District of Columbia government in affirmative litigation, enforcing public policy in a variety of contexts, including land use. He has long been interested in improving public policy to make housing more affordable.