OP Meeting 12/7/20

Suggested Amendments For Inclusionary Zoning & Design Review

December 7, 2020

During the Zoning Commission's November 19, 2020 public hearing, Chairman Anthony Hood asked the Office of Planning to include SW Action member, Coy McKinney, in future discussions regarding affordable housing (link to video). A few weeks later, the Office of Planning followed up on this request and scheduled a meeting. McKinney and fellow member, Jennifer Ho, drafted recommendations for changes to the design review process (even though Hood seems to imply the discussions should be broader).


We believe that shared equity models, such as community land trusts and limited equity co-operatives, are underutilized tools that will not only provide permanently affordable homeownership opportunities, but provide the community an opportunity to have a say in their neighborhood. Learn more about community land trusts here.

DMPED Presentation 9/16/20

Meeting w/DMPED ON Affordable Housing

September 16, 2020

Members of our group met with Sarosh Olpadwala, Director of Real Estate in the office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, to talk about our goals for affordable housing: 27k units that are in either a community land trust, limited equity coop, social or public housing, or Housing First model by 2025! To get out of a crisis, we must take bold action.


This is the first in a series of events looking at the role and influence of Business Improvement Districts on gentrification and displacement. You can watch the full event here.

Housing Grading Criteria

September 28, 2020

The SW Action Housing Group created a grading system to judge new and already existing projects in the neighborhood. Projects will be judged on:

  • Number of affordable units;

  • If they accept vouchers;

  • If there are 3-bedroom units;

  • If it is, at least, ADA compliant;

  • Will neighborhood-serving retail be involved

For the full list of criteria, click here.

Equitable + Antiracist Housing

Equitable & Antiracist Housing

August 27, 2020

Over the next month, we will be having several meetings with council-members, their staff, and other DC government policymakers to talk about our ideas for implementing antiracist and equitable policies into how housing is produced in the city. You can browse through the presentation on the left side, or via this link.

Photos by: Desiree Halpern

Statement: Interrupting cycles of harm

In response to a series of incidents that happened in the Southwest neighborhood and how some neighbors responded to those incidents, members of our group took time to craft a statement for how we as a community can interrupt cycles of harm rather than perpetuate them. Read the full statement here.

Promoting Social and Economic Equity in the Southwest Waterfront Community

Recommendations written by SW Action members on how to address inequity and sustainability in SW. Click here for more information.

How to be an antiracist

As a group, we strive to be antiracists and to advocate for and implement antiracist policies. As a group, we held a discussion on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, How To Be An Antiracist and use that discussion for reference. Click here for more information and resources.

4th & M Street

SW Action Group is involved in advocating for more affordable housing at the planned development at 4th & M Streets. Click here for more information and resources.

SW Plan and Comprehensive Plan

Click here for more information and resources about major DC planning documents relevant to our group.

Chart Comparing New Units in SW DC

This is a spreadsheet that compares the type (apartment/condo), size, and price of different housing buildings in SW DC.

Spreadsheet: Apartments in SW.

The Case For A Radical BID

This is a paper written by SW resident, Coy McKinney, on the history of Business Improvement Districts, how they are tied to gentrification, and suggestions for how they could be re-structured to advocate for equity and justice in the neighborhoods they operate in.

Full paper: The Case For A Radical BID

A shorter version was published in the DC Line and can be found here.