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To: The Bush Company
Bush Company: Stop the Displacement of 302 Families!
Dear Bush Company,
Please renew the contract for affordable housing with the 302 families living in one of the last affordable complexes in Chinatown. DC doesn't need anymore homeless families.
Why is this important?
The owners of Museum Square apartments have tried everything to get 302 low-income families, mostly Chinese and African American, to move out and make way for luxury housing. The Bush Company, notorious for the destruction of low income apartments in downtown Washington DC, plans to demolish Museum Square and replace it with 825 high-rise luxury condos for the 1%--exactly what DC does not need, in face of an unprecedented housing crisis.
“We are rallying to save our homes,” says resident leader Jenny Tang. “The owner has made plenty of money from us, and can continue to make it without putting us on the streets. We hope the owner will change his mind and preserve our homes for the younger generation, a place to stay for our children, that’s what we want!”
First, the owners tried to get around tenants’ opportunity to purchase the 302-unit, building by offering it to residents at a price of $250 million dollars, or $800,000 per unit! When tenants banded together to sue the landlord over this unrealistic price, they were given 180-day notices and told to leave. When a judge ruled in favor of the tenants, agreeing that $250 million is far beyond a reasonable price, the owners gave notice that they plan to end the section-8 contract, which keeps the units affordable for low income tenants.
Throughout all of this, tenants have organized and taken every step possible to preserve their homes at Museum Square. Museum Square is home to over half the remaining Chinese population in Chinatown, and many other long-term residents. Chinatown has numerous linguistically accessible services and organizations—churches, clinics, community centers and more—for the Chinese speaking population at Museum Square. Many residents are elderly and would face enormous hardship if they had to move.
PLEASE SUPPORT TENANTS FIGHTING TO SAVE ALL 302 AFFORDABLE UNITS IN THEIR BUILDING! SIGN THE PETITION; DEMAND THAT BUSH COMPANIES RENEW!