A group of disgruntled citizens gathered outside the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest to lift their voices in protest against the city’s policies toward affordable housing. Specifically, protestors disapprove of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s FY 2013 budget, they believe, gouges the affordable housing budget. The mayor’s budget proposal includes millions in funding cuts to affordable housing programs for low-income and middle-income families. Other proposed cuts include the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP), rent supplements and homeless services. The District as well as the rest of the Washington metropolitan region, is emblematic of the severe difficulties residents face trying to find affordable housing. Currently, 200,000 people in the region are paying more than 50 percent of their income on housing; the fair market price for rent in this marketplace has increased by 70 percent over the past 10 years; and 10,000 homeless people live here, an affordable housing expert said.