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PRESS RELEASE: DC Council Approves CM Bonds’ Remote Notarization Bill and Funding for 159 New Deeply Affordable Housing Units

From: Office of At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds <abonds>
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2022, 2:01 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: DC Council Approves CM Bonds’ Remote Notarization Bill and Funding for 159 New Deeply Affordable Housing Units
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The affordable units will provide housing for people making 30% or below of Median Family Income and will be supported by Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) vouchers.
July 13, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kevin B. Chavous | kchavous | 202-724-8064

D.C. Council Approves Councilmember Bonds’ Remote Notarization Bill and Funding for 159 New Deeply Affordable Housing Units

The affordable units will provide housing for people making 30% or below of Median Family Income and will be supported by Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) vouchers.

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the D.C. Council approved several key measures introduced and advanced by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Executive Administration.

First, the Remote Notarization Bill, will allow public notaries to certify paper copies of electronic records and to notarize documents virtually. This legislation provides the community with an additional option for getting their documents notarized remotely. “Residents with limited mobility due to health or other situations that require notary services will benefit from this additional notarization option,” said Councilmember Bonds. “This bill helps a large part of our population.”

Second, seven project-based Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) contracts were approved by the Council. The contracts, totaling over $4M, will provide annual operating subsidies for 159 deeply affordable units available to households making up to 30% of the Median Family Income. These projects, supported by the LRSP contracts and loans from our Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF), will produce over 550 affordable units in total. These projects will now also go to the DC Housing Finance Agency (HFA) for further financing support, ensuring that our biggest affordable housing tools are working in concert to create new, quality affordable units. “These contracts continue our investments in our extremely low-income households and most vulnerable residents who sorely need these critical resources," said Councilmember Bonds.

And, finally, the Council approved Councilmember Bonds’ measure to clarify the requirement that landlords must serve a 30-day notice of past-due rent before filing for an eviction in Superior Court. Previously, there was no notice requirement in nonpayment of rent cases.

The Council recess period begins on Friday, July 15. The next legislative meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2022.
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