The D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness is looking to expand its voting body through adding business and philanthropic organizations, allowing them to make policy decisions affecting the D.C.’s homeless community. This was proposed in the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017, and if passed would embrace new voices, ideas, and funding to end homelessness.
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The National Association of HUD Tenants brought about 40 people from around country to demonstrate against the president’s cuts to affordable housing spending and rent increases.
In the first Heat Emergency of 2017, the D.C. government is better equipped to help the homeless population beat the heat than it was last year, but many experiencing homelessness are still unaware of the resources or unable to utilize them.
Advocates and representatives of the homeless population testified at a Committee on Human Services hearing and said that Bowser’s amendment could prevent certain people from receiving housing and shelter.
Senator Al Franken sat down with Street Sense vendor Ken Martin to discuss homelessness, gentrification and Bill Maher.
The approved budget for fiscal year 2018 will decrease funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program by 21 percent from last year. Although ERAP has been difficult to navigate, many say it is crucial for low-income housing.
11 percent of office building space is currently vacant, and if passed, the Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act would aim to convert some of the space into low-income housing.
D.C. Council officially unanimously passed an $13.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 Tuesday, but Ward 8 residents said they are unsatisfied with the lack of funding for programs like rapid rehousing and the NEAR Act.
Do we need to investigate further into the mental conditions of our people in power? Find out in this opinion piece.
The jobs immigrants have are undocumented and they are paid below minimum wage.
Adapt. a disability rights organization, gathered at the White House to advocate for the Disability Integration Act and to demand recognition from the Trump Administration.
An opinion piece that details how modern liberalism as become a plague of narccissm.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Three years after the launch of coordinated entry as a new method to end homelessness in D.C., service providers and community leaders are re-evaluating how effective the system has been.