On Monday, Dec. 4, Mayor Bowser announced today that the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency will issue up to $500 million in private activity bonds to finance affordable housing. The action is a direct response to Congress’s tax reform legislation, which was passed Friday night in the Senate.
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The volunteer-driven Hoya Clinic is a training ground for Georgetown medical students and a much-needed free clinic for residents of D.C. General Family Shelter.
More than 400 volunteers of all ages came together for B & Dee’s Baltimore Love Thanksgiving Clothing Drive and Empowerment Day meal.
Residents at the Community for Creative Nonviolence now have access to a recently refurbished computer lab, tech training, and free laptops. The program’s director aims even higher.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and DHS launched their Home for the Holidays campaign, with the goal providing housing for 400 families and individuals by January. This campaign is building upon a landlord partnership Bowser has been developing since October.
Services for refugees are limited. National Community Church volunteers work to supplement them and help refugees settle in. The Alhumayer family shares their own experience.
“I think it is an iconic picture that explains this world without many words. The location, the situation, the needs, but also the hopes. Many publications have used this photo. But all pictures are important for me as they record evidence and serve as proof.”
One man was arrested while resisting a group eviction of homeless people illegally camping in tents on public space across from the U.S. State Department. Two cleanups were held over seven days. Tents returned to the area both nights.
Orion Donovan-Smith discusses the two bills introduced in the DC Council which seek to aid people reentering society after being incarcerated, and the experiences of those who have experienced that reentry.
A shelter resident, advocates and the Department of Human Services explain the tense situation homeless families face.
D.C. banned the box three years ago, but residents with records still encounter discrimination in employment and housing. A legal nonprofit offered hope last month by sealing records.
In Nov. 7th vote D.C. council passes the Homeless Services Reform Act of 2017 and debated several additional changes. The bill governs qualifications and rights for people in the human services system, the act must pass a second vote in D.C. council.
Street Sense Media Vendor talks about DREAMers and the support they are receiving from labor groups.
The longest-serving director of planetary science at NASA talks space, struggle and perseverance.
D.C. residents took part in a “grocery walk” in protest against the lack of healthy food access in Southeast D.C. Together, Wards 7 and 8 have only three grocery stores to serve more than 150,000 residents.
Nine-year-old Miracle Omar has founded several projects that benefit homeless people. Some of her projects include giving out school supplies, collecting socks and toiletries, and collecting household items to give to previously homeless people after they’re placed in housing.
The play describes the relationship between the city of Portland, Maine and its homeless community.
On Oct. 18 the D.C. Council Committee on Human Services made several changes to the draft Homeless Services Reform Act Amendment of 2017 before passing it on for review by the full council.
Every Monday, homeless youth flock to a drop-in center formed by First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District. Staff supplies youth with food, activities, HIV testing, and other services, as well as connects them to other resources.
Racial hatred and white supremacy has seen a surge of support in recent months, bolstered by the Trump administration’s tolerant attitude towards neo-Nazi marches and violence. While some groups look to fight fire with fire, Daryl Davis instead seeks out Klu Klux Klan members to attempt to lead them on to a path of reconciliation and redemption.