At a nearly nine-hour-long work session held on July 8, councilmembers deliberated over the mayor’s proposed budget, recommending a variety of changes intended to help bolster programs they feel are most needed.
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DC government conducted a cleanup at the encampments along L and M St. NE on Dec. 8. Advocates helped residents move their belongings and collect trash.
In addition to the $250,000 fine, Evolve, LLC, will have to implement anti-discrimination training for its employees and cease all advertising that indicates voucher recipients are ineligible.
The former landlord of Forest Ridge and The Vistas, two apartment buildings in Ward 8, has agreed to pay current and former tenants $1.9 million in restitution payments to compensate them for uninhabitable living conditions.
At least 14 homeless service providers received loans from the federal program for small businesses, which went towards covering payroll costs to retain employees and maintain critical services for the District’s most vulnerable residents.
Amid the sight of looting and destruction in the wake of George Floyd’s death, vendor and artist Marcus Green thinks back to his memories of similar events in D.C. after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.
Through his perspective as an ex-con, Artist and Vendor Gerald Anderson thinks about the longstanding issue of police brutality and misconduct.
Congress’ emergency federal aid expansion is set to expire at the end of July, cutting millions of Americans who became unemployed during the Covid-19 pandemic from vital support. Experts advise that the aid package be extended to return poverty rates to pre-crisis levels.
The new proposed budget would not do enough to alter chronic homelessness and would disportionately hurt communities of color, housing providers said. They urged D.C. to restore funding by looking at other areas of the budget and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Franklin Square Park will close on July 1 for a 12-month renovation project organized by the National Park Service and the Mayor’s office. Homeless residents will lose access to the park after a clean-up conducted by the National Park Service on June 30.
The annual Point-in-Time Count shows the number of homeless people in DC fell for the fifth consecutive year. But experts warn the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will likely cause an increase in homelessness.
Homeless shelters that receive federal funding will be allowed to consider an individual’s sex and gender identity when deciding on accommodations, thanks to a June 12th rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
D.C.’s system for matching homeless people with housing was stymied by the pandemic, so they are prioritizing people who are most vulnerable to the virus.
A collection of pieces by vendors reflecting on their experiences with their fathers and father figures.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 eliminates $2.1 million in one-time funding for street outreach and advocates are worried about the possible impacts.
Street Sense Media CEO expresses solidarity with the Black Lives Movement and explains how structural racism and discrimination causes Black Americans to experience higher rates of homelessness .
A formerly homeless man writes about how the federal response to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in DC has cut some homeless people off from a place sleep and receive help from others.
Ward 8 residents sued the D.C. Board of elections claiming that focusing on absentee ballots unfairly left out residents of the ward because mail is not reliably delivered there.
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.