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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Virtual court proceedings for District patients involuntarily committed to treatment under the Ervin Act may continue, even post-pandemic, following recent recommendations made to the DC Council’s Committee on Health.
Three in five college students in the United States faced problems like housing insecurity or hunger in 2020. Despite their effort to receive a higher education, many students are neglected by their institutions and the government in terms of basic needs. Strides are being made across the US by students and nonprofits to combat these issues.
Samaritan Inns’ new facility provides homeless or at-risk women seeking sobriety with a six-month treatment program that allows them to live full-time in the building while receiving a personalized regimen of therapy and medical care, and later, assistance finding jobs and housing.
Thrive DC and the Community Family Life Services are opening their second housing facility in the Kenilworth neighborhood in Northeast D.C. to help women returning from prison or struggling with addiction to have stable housing, access to mental health services, and a peer support network.
Despite enduring a global pandemic, a growing climate and eviction crisis, and mass homelessness, street papers in more than 28 U.S. cities have come together with poise and purpose to help those in need.
Redevelopment of the 15-acre Greenleaf Gardens housing community has been thrown into question now that developers have expressed doubts on whether new units can be built for the public housing residents before razing and redeveloping their current units.
Highlights from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed $17.5 billion budget, which allocates $505.1 million in federal aid to support development of affordable housing.
As part of her goal to construct thousands of new homes across the city by 2025, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking approval from the D.C. Council to invest an additional $400 million into affordable housing over the next two years.
Spurred by deepening housing, homelessness and gentrification crises, a nationwide wave of militant housing activism is growing as its successes go viral.
The DC region experienced a decline in homelessness figures over the past year, but the true impact of COVID-19 remains to be seen as pandemic assistance programs expire.
The D.C. Council voted down a controversial measure last week that would have allowed landlords to resume sending eviction notices during the pandemic, opting instead to revisit the proposal at a later date.
On May 13th, the DC Government exercised protocols to “cleanup” two encampments near Union Station and NoMa that caused substantial displacement of a number of residents.
Artist/Vendor Marcus McCall interviews Ami Angell on the mission and programs of The h3 Project, which focuses on homeless outreach efforts near NoMa and Union Station.
On May 15, a group of individuals assembled at Freedom Plaza in D.C. to bring attention to the problem of violent hate crimes against Asian Americans.
The Patricia Handy Center for Women, which closed earlier this year to repair long-standing plumbing, power, and air system issues, has actively been used by the DC Department of Human Services as a shelter since March 2021.
Reporting on the Built for Zero program, which has been utilized by Bakersfield to effectively eliminate chronic homelessness through its innovative personalized approach.
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.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, the Center for Racial Equity and Justice held an event asking Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. While the national legislation stalls, local reforms are being considered.
As legal proceedings shift online, many of the most vulnerable are left without the tools they need to show up in court. These problems, legal aid workers say, are affecting eviction hearings across the US.