The Jubilee | April 2018 

Jubilee Urges Changes to D.C. FY 2019 Budget to Aid Those with the Lowest Incomes

As District officials consider the city budget for Fiscal Year 2019, Jubilee calls for increases in two key programs that help create housing opportunities for residents with the fewest financial assets. The first is a $5.5 million increase in Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) funding dedicated specifically to producing homes affordable for residents making 30 percent of area median income (AMI) or lower. The second is a $20 million increase in the base amount of the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund.   

Jubilee's D.C. supporters can add their voices to the appeal by Jubilee and other non-profit developers, including the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development, by contacting their City Council members prior to the budget vote on May 15.

Jubilee applauds Mayor Bowser, who, with the backing of City Council, has raised D.C.’s per capita investment in affordable homes to the highest of any major city in the country. Unfortunately, the challenge continues to outpace the investment—both in trust fund dollars and in the additional support required to use those dollars to produce homes affordable to D.C. residents with the lowest incomes.

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Jim's Corner
Spring is the season when new life begins to take shape all around us, and spring at Jubilee is no different.
The potential exists, as city officials consider D.C.’s FY 2019 budget, for more homes that District residents with extremely low incomes can afford. So, Jubilee is joining other non-profit developers in calling for a $20 million increase in the base amount of the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund and a dedicated $5.5 million in Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) funding specifically to produce homes affordable to those making 30 percent or less of area median income.

Round Up

Platform of Hope Preparing to Launch
Board members from Jubilee Housing and five local nonprofits gathered in March to learn about an ambitious, new joint initiative—the Platform of Hope—being designed collectively by staff at their organizations. The meeting marked an auspicious milestone for the program, as plans are now set for its launch.
“I can’t believe we’re almost there,” said Sylvia Stokes, Platform of Hope project lead. “It’s taken more than two years, but we’re finally ready.”

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April 2018 Issue

May 17 @ noon -
May 18 @ noon

Do More 24
Jubilee is participating in this year’s Do More 24—a 24-hour, online campaign to raise money, promote the work, and attract new donors for nonprofits in the DMV. Click below to add this event to your calendar and support Jubilee’s efforts to create more justice housing.  

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May 22

Maycroft Hard-Hat Tour

Get a close-up view of the Maycroft renovations and learn about Jubilee's work. Sign up by emailing us at

Noon – 1 p.m. 
Maycroft Apartments
1474 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC

May 25

Iftar Community Meal

The Muslim Youth Organization will host a community dinner in celebration of Ramadan featuring guest speaker Dr. Adeyinka Laiyemo of Howard University.

7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. 
The Ritz
1631 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC

People & Places

During the course of 25 years, Rhonda Buckley went from a volunteer at Good Shepherd Ministries to founder of the Good Shepherd music program—which was run out of the basement of Jubilee’s Ontario Court building—to founder of the Sitar Arts Center to Jubilee’s interim vice president of Institutional Advancement. She’s now co-chair of the Jubilee board’s development committee. There was a seven-year detour back to her home state of Michigan to be closer to family. But returning to D.C. and to Jubilee last year brought Buckley full circle.
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