D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) is calling on Mayor Muriel Bowser to add $500,000 to the city’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget to support nonprofit organizations providing housing-related services for LGBT youth and seniors.
White called for the funds to come from the budget of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, which is headed by lesbian community housing expert Polly Donaldson, one of Bowser’s many LGBT appointments to high-level city positions.
White included the funding proposal for LGBT youth and senior housing as one of 18 specific funding proposals on a wide range of issues, including violence prevention efforts, youth mentorship programs, and home ownership assistance.
He used the term “LGBTQ” as the heading for his youth and seniors housing funds proposal, which he said should be allocated in the form of city grants to support “organizations that are working on housing security to LGBT seniors and homeless youth.”
A spokesperson for Donaldson couldn’t immediately be reached to determine whether Donaldson and the mayor support White’s proposal.