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Campaigning is in full swing and candidates are making lots of claims about their accomplishments. D.C. Wire will try to wade through the statements to give our readers the facts.

At a D.C. for Democracy forum Wednesday night, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) dismissed criticism that he has failed to address affordable housing by boasting that 11,000 units have been "built" under his administration.

"Over the past three and half years, my administration has already built 11,000 units of affordable housing," Fenty said. "Places like ... the Jubilee Housing, Euclid Street, things on Georgia Avenue, on Wheeler Road, on Mississippi. There is construction happening all around this city of affordable housing."

Not quite.

According to data the Fenty administration provided to The Washington Post recently, the city has built about 5,000 affordable units since he took office.

But in fairness, Fenty campaign literature is more accurate. It states that he has "Preserved or created 11,000 affordable housing units"

"Preserved" is a key word, meaning the administration stepped in to protect units that would otherwise have been converted to market-rate housing.

D.C. Wire will try to bring you more on the remaining 6,000 units.

-- Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 3, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Affordable Housing , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  | Tags: 2010 election, Fenty, affordable housing  
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