Among a tripling in national student loan debt from $600 billion in 2008 to over $1.7 trillion last year, D.C. residents lead the nation in debt, with the average borrower burdened with a whopping $60,651. In response, the D.C. Council has joined a growing chorus of cities asking the Biden Administration for debt relief.
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After 5 years of intense public input and massive revisions, the D.C. Council unanimously approved the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2021 on Tuesday. The decision was made only hours after a lawsuit was filed by 12 District residents in D.C. Superior Court against passing the amendment.
For over two decades, the New Heights program has played a fundamental role for teenage parents in D.C. Still, the program faces instability due to multiple proposed budget cuts and reducing the staff size.
D.C. Council votes to advance the Comprehensive Plan amendment, despite concerns of exacerbating racial inequity.
Rodney Stotts, a falconer in the DMV, uses his birds to educate young people beyond the classroom – which the education system desperately needs during the COVID-19 pandemic as children struggle with mental health.
Ward 3 ANC Commissioners offer their take on how to increase affordable housing west of Rock Creek Park.
Tenant voices were conspicuously absent from the deliberation on recommendations that will affect the District’s most vulnerable renters’ ability to remain housed through the end of the pandemic and long after.
McPherson Square, a federal park with a large population of people experiencing homelessness, was cleared ahead of the riot and insurrection in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
All three PEP-V sites have been at or near capacity for the past 5 weeks, stressing workers and residents who have to wait weeks to get their problems resolved.
The Michael A. Stoops Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act, which would make homelessness a protected class, stalled out for the second time in the D.C. Council.
The D.C. Department of Human Services recently opened a third PEP-V site at the Fairfield Inn to accommodate individuals experiencing homelessness who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
The Patricia Handy Place for Women will close down for year-long renovations in November or December.
More than 100 women experiencing homelessness were cast out of the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter during a Sept. 22 deep clean of the building. While out on the lawn, some told stories of verbal abuse from staff and guards. They say the rules and conditions are pushing them to their breaking point.
Mayor Bowser’s budget has allocated funding to public housing repairs in response to a decade-long federal disinvestment. However, advocates argue that more money needs to be shifted to establish a recurring amount of funding for these repairs.
At least 100 formerly homeless youth took to the streets of Eastern Market on June 16 for a demonstration in support of their peers and the Black Lives Matter movement. They were all members of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, which houses approximately 150 runaway and homeless youth and provides counseling, education, and life- skill services.
More than 100 activists gathered in John Marshall Park on Friday evening, just south of MPD headquarters and Judiciary Square, to urge D.C. officials to defund the city’s police force.
Several people living at an encampment in the NoMa neighborhood lost everything in an April 8 fire. They’ve been working to pick up the pieces with community support.
Local tenants who have been withholding rent since December describe the myriad problems with their apartments, including mold, bedbugs, leaks and broken heaters.
Josh Hayes spent the past 11 years making this documentary about homelessness.
The subject of homeless encampments can be difficult to understand, and even more difficult to talk about. Homeless encampments affect not just the people who live in them but those who live around them. This article explores how this topic affects everyone.