WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Tonda Twitty and Marilyn Phillips were in the audience Tuesday night when Mayor Vincent Gray made the announcement that brought a standing ovation: He would propose that the District spend $100 million dollars on affordable housing.
Both women had completed a program at Manna Housing, a non profit, that would allow them to qualify for up to $40,000 dollars each in down payment subsidies under the Mayor's plan.
Gray says the $100 million will go toward 10,000 new or existing units. Senior citizens, police, fire and other city workers would be eligible.
Advocates while applauding the news say much more is needed. Almost 70,000 people now make up the waiting list just for public housing and vouchers for private sector rental units.