As D.C.’s eviction moratorium begins to unwind, a battle is brewing between D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration over who will take the blame when residents begin to lose their homes.
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With a backlog of over 70,000 households, the demand for public housing is steadily growing in the city amid a precipitous rise in housing costs. Meanwhile, seniors and people with disabilities already in D.C. public housing struggle especially, with a 255-household waiting list for ADA-compliant units.
D.C.’s pilot program to try giving families a smaller, more flexible rent subsidy than a standard voucher shows promise, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Volunteers are working to help low-income residents file for stimulus checks that they’ve yet to receive.
Residents of Burke Park and Samuel Gompers Memorial Park packed up what they could carry from their tents after last-ditch efforts to cancel their eviction failed. Advocates are worried that the evictions will make their journeys to permanent housing more difficult.
Franklin Park, long a gathering place for homeless residents, will open in September with new public bathrooms, improved accessibility, and overhauled greenspaces.
Southeast DC’s only hospital is trying to dig itself out of a financial pit, but a lack of patients has complicated the effort.
The D.C. Council passed the Budget Support Act last week with several changes to a variety of programs to include the Access to Justice Initiative, the District’s local earned income tax credit, and business recovery grants.
Ward 6 residents are advocating for soon-to-be available land to become a new community-controlled, permanently affordable housing and retail space in the Navy Yard neighborhood.
Mallory Mpare is seeking to make a difference for pregnant people of color in the District through a mobile health clinic that brings comprehensive care to parents and babies in wards 7 and 8.
Local Templeton Academy sophomore Miguel Coppedge started a fundraiser last year to benefit children in foster care and families experiencing homelessness. His charity donations are destined for St. Ann’s Center for Youth, Children and Families, the place where he was adopted at age 2.
Amidst staggering vaccination, peer educators are informing people experiencing homelessness about COVID-19 and encouraging vaccinations in their communities.
Together, the party’s sister bills would be the biggest domestic investment in a generation. Whether either one survives Congress remains to be seen.
After wooden planters were illegally placed in front of a Ward 2 Safeway following a scheduled encampment clean-up, advocates and housed residents fought back against this attempt to keep the unhoused residents from moving back.
Two full encampment cleanups at the 7th and P St NW bus shelter and in a neighboring empty lot add to the debate about D.C.’s public space.
ANC commissioners are asking for money to fund mobile showers, laundry facilities, and bathrooms for unhoused residents.
The Pandemic Emergency Protection for Medically Vulnerable Individuals program is ending on Sept. 30, despite calls from community advocates and over 400 remaining residents in need of housing.
Santa Monica, California joins a handful of US cities seeking to atone for the negative effects of ‘urban renewal’ programs in the 1950s and 1960s.
The CDC’s moratorium lapsed at the end of July, and any chances of renewal are still in flux. Regardless, local provisions still give D.C. renters some time.
During the pandemic, families living in rapid rehousing have not been required to move out once their time in the program ends. Now, with the publicly declared health exemption coming to an end, many program participants are growing concerned about finding a new place to live. Here’s how the D.C. Council’s latest budget might help them.