Tenants of Congress Heights and other protesters marched on the home of land developer Geoff Griffis. They are concerned that Griffis’ planned redevelopment of their apartments at Congress Heights will displace them from their homes.
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The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a public hearing Jan. 10 to discuss Bill 22-0223, the Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act of 2017. The bill seeks to increase access to restrooms in downtown neighborhoods where they are scarce. Community representatives testified to the benefit such an initiative would have for tourists, residents, and the homeless alike.
Three tent encampments in NoMa were cleared over the last three weeks. The encampments were in locations that have been designated for public art projects by the NoMa BID.
Mayors around the U.S., including D.C.’s Muriel Bowser launched a coalition between public and private leaders to call on the federal government to invest more in affordable housing.
The VA Medical Center offered resources ranging from health care to employment counseling for more than 400 participants that registered for the annual Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.
The American Civil Liberties Union D.C. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service for an eviction that occurred in June 2015, where marshals entered the home of a woman with weapons drawn and evicted her and her twelve-year-old daughter.
The annual PIT Count took place Jan. 25. The count is a census of the District’s homeless population that includes people outdoors, people in shelters and people in transitional housing programs. The PIT Count does not provide an accurate census of DC’s homeless youth, so a separate count called the Homeless Youth Census is conducted by Solid Foundations DC, an initiative of Mayor Bowser.
After budget cuts last October, Thrive DC has cut its hot meals offered from five days a week to three days a week, as well as decreased the hours that clients may use the facilities. Clients and staff alike said they are upset about these changes, but have been working to adjust to the new schedule.
On the 89th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a parade from Anacostia Park to Barry Farm celebrated his legacy.
Rapid re-housing is one of the District’s most criticized homeless services programs. Advocates, councilmembers, providers and recipients give their accounts.
An inside look at the issues facing the homeless and exploring employment
Bill that allows the District to work with the National Park Service to maintain and operate Franklin Square Park passes in the House of Representatives
Construction continues on smaller short-term shelters in each ward. Not all of the new shelters will be open by the time D.C. General closes, requiring an expanded use of motels to house displaced shelter residents in the interim.
Street Sense Media Vendor Aida Peery interviews Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) about jobs, homelessness, the housing crisis, health care, incarceration and more.
After a riveting keynote speech from Neil McInroy at this year’s Global Street Paper Summit, it is clear that social inequality is becoming a greater focus for economists. In a recent feature for The Conversation, Steve Schifferes, professor of financial journalism at the University of London, takes a deeper look at why social issues are increasingly being viewed as an economic problem.
Article explores Trump’s effect on the poor and the middle class and vicious cycles of wealth distribution in the U.S.A.
Democrats held a rally on Dec. 13th outside of the U.S. Capitol in the freezing cold to denounce Trump’s new tax bill
Local and national coverage of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day coverage for 2017.
Homeless people and their supporters crowded into pews at Luther Place Memorial Church on the evening of Dec. 21. This was the fifth annual Homeless Memorial Vigil preceding a service to remember those who died while homeless in the previous year. The service itself has been held every year since 1990.
Emmalyn Sharf told a crowd of activists huddled in a heated tent at Freedom Plaza about the life and death of her friend of more than 10 years, Michael Dunne.