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Make your voice heard this budget season
February 7, 2023 by Nadia Malik

Mayor Bowser released her FY 24 Budget on March 22nd! Sadly, the Mayor's budget fails to make meaningful progress towards our shared goal of ending chronic homelessness. Now we need your help to ensure the DC Council fills in the significant gaps. 

Click here to see our budget priorities.  DC residents have the power to shape the budget by testifying at oversight hearings, submitting questions to the Council, and by contacting your council members to advocate for what you want to see in the budget.

Between March and April, the DC Council hosts oversight hearings about both the performance and budgets of all DC's agencies. This is a chance to share your thoughts about DC's homelessness crisis, the slow implementation of funded vouchers, the urgent need for more low-income housing, DC's treatment of homeless encampments, and anything else!  

Key Dates Include:  

Council Budget Oversight Hearings 

  • March 31st, 2023 (9:00am) – Committee on Housing: Department of Human Services
  • April 5th, 2023 (12:00pm) – Committee on Health: Oversight Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services 
  • April 10th, 2023 (9:00am) – Committee on Housing: Oversight DC Housing Authority  
  • April 14th, 2023 (9:30am) - Committee of the Whole: FY 2024 Budget

Other Important Dates

  • March 22nd, 2023 – The Mayor’s FY 24 Budget Released 
  • March 24th, 2023 – Committee of the Whole Public Briefing on the Budget.  
  • March 27th- April 12th- The DC Council will hold public Budget Oversight Hearings. We encourage everyone to testify!  
  • April 13th, 2023 – Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on the Budget  
  • April 25th-27th, 2023 – Committee Mark Ups and Reporting  
  • May 3rd, 2023 – Council Budget Work Session  
  • May 16th, 2023 – Committee of the Whole Council Consideration of FY 24 Budget  


Testifying at these budget hearings is a great way to voice what you feel is important for DC to fund this fiscal year. If you are unable to testify you are also able to write testimony to submit to the council to make your voice heard!  

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