D.C. officials released the first-ever plan to decrease youth homelessness on May 22. The plan includes prevention and outreach efforts, increasing housing options and providing youth with mentors. The plan will provide shelter and a support systems for indivduals up to 24-years-old.
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On May 30, the D.C. Council approved a $13.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2018. On June 13, a legislative meeting will be held to discuss, potentially amend and enact the now-engrossed bill.
Empower D.C. put on a number of meetings and workshops to discuss the use of land and development. These meetings also revealed that D.C. has a large income disparity. A better definition of “affordable housing” was called for.
Mary Otto’s new book, “Teeth,” explains why the oral health care system in America is in need of desperate repair.
Mayor Muriel Bowser has submitted a 29-page amendment to the 2005 Homeless Services Reform Act, which governs rights and responsibilities of homeless clients receiving city services as well as the organizations and agencies that provide those services. The first city council hearing is scheduled for June 14.
Mark Rose talks about the struggles of finding Affordable Housing
Ashley Clarke Describes The harsh economic issues and Federal Housing going on in D.C. and how it’s affecting people.
Ariel Gomez talks about Mexican students making awareness about homelessness
While the coordinated entry system may be helping to streamline some into housing, those with mental illnesses are still falling through the cracks of systems stemming from a nationwide struggle in supporting mental health services.
The Equal Right Center has filed a lawsuit against housing management company The Lenkin Company Management, Inc. for allegedly refusing to rent to voucher holders.
Bryan Gallion talks about Freddy Cougar and how his lifestyle was.
Robert Warren talks about the rally named mayday and how they marched from different places to support homeless awareness
Michael W. Palmer, a former military police officer and department of corrections employee in the state of Virginia, , never thought he’d become a pastor…. Read more »
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty launched a Public Property/Public Need toolkit to help municipal governments that want to access vacant properties from the federal government to permanently house homeless people.
With the Martin Luther King Jr. Library now closed for a three-year renovation period, downtown community members have expressed a need for a service center for the time being. City officials have been seeking feedback from community members to gage their needs.
Individuals who experience homelessness and housing instability face barriers to staying connected to insurance.
The new documentary “Check It,” directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, follows the rise of the first known all-LGBTQ gang.
Meridian Hill Pictures’ documentary “City of Trees” portrays how Washington Parks and People’s Green Corps training program sought to offer employment training to jobless D.C. residents, despite financial struggles, at the height of the recent economic recession.
After intolerable time spent in prison, ex-offenders returning to society face difficulties finding housing and employment. Jubilee Jobs, D.C non-profit, helps low-income D.C. residents find housing and connects employers to returning citizens, many of whom were imprisoned due to misdemeanors like minor drug possession.
In July 2015, Street Sense reported that the D.C. Council was supporting a plan that would let the developers radically reduce the greenery of McMillan Park and replace it with commercial building. Friends of McMillan Park opposed the development plan and sued to overturn the D.C. Zoning Commission’s approval. In December 2016, the Court of Appeals agreed with FOMP. The land is still fenced off and unused. None of the parties has given up.