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Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, whose committee oversees the Department of Transportation

The D.C. Council is reviewing emergency legislation that will raise meter fees and end free downtown parking on the weekends. The money will be funneled to housing programs, according to the Washington Post:

Committee members also heard from affordable-housing advocates who testified in support of the bill, which would generate revenue to finance funds for first-time home buyers, the poor and the city’s program set up to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless.

Robert Pohlman, a former chief financial officer for the District and executive director of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, spoke in support of the increase Monday.

“The downtown parking meter increase appears to be something that the downtown business community actually supports,” Pohlman said.

Photo by Jim Graham