National Press Club

It's Time, D.C.

It's Time, D.C.

October 15, 2018 11:30 AM

Location: Lisagor Room

Coalition of D.C. Community Leaders and Residents to Host Press Event Urging D.C. City Council to Pass Short-Term Rental Legislation

Diverse Group of Community Leaders Calling for D.C. Elected Leaders to Protect Affordable Housing and Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, October 15, It’s Time, D.C. will host a press event, at the National Press Club at 11:30am with a coalition of concerned D.C. community, civic and religious leaders as well as residents, to encourage the D.C. City Council to pass the proposed short-term rental bill to protect affordable housing and neighborhoods.

Commercial investors are buying up residential homes to convert into short-term rentals which is depleting housing options for permanent residents and negatively impacting the community fabric of neighborhoods. Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms enable commercial operators to rent out multiple properties, year-round, just the same as hotels and motels, without abiding by common-sense safety, security and residential zoning requirements.

Graylin Presbury, President of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations: “Commercial Airbnb investors are currently taking away available housing that is affordable in addition to increasing rents, which hurts city residents and is wrong.”

Yukia Hugee, Northeast D.C. resident: “As a single mom, finding an affordable home for my family in D.C. is a challenge and now commercial investors are buying up homes to rent on Airbnb reducing housing and raising rent citywide. Neighbors are being replaced with constant strangers with these unregulated Airbnbs taking away potential homes for families like mine.”

Kelly Sweeney McShane, President and CEO, Community of Hope: “Protecting affordable housing options in D.C. is vital to our efforts in ending homelessness and helping low-income families find a stable, affordable home. We praise the City Council for pushing this important issue forward to not only safeguard housing for the families we serve in D.C. but also relieve the pressure short-term rentals cause on the cost of housing citywide.”

Lauren Windsor, AirbnbWATCH: “Limiting short-term rentals to primary residences would increase the city’s permanent housing stock by more than 5,000 homes over the next two years by eliminating professional short-term rental investing.”

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Eric Sutton