On Jan. 20 Sandra Jackson was honored by Georgetown University as part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration, a free, ticketed musical tribute that featured Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Jackson is the executive director of House of Ruth and has had two decades of experience in social services management in the D.C. area.
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In Jan. 29 meeting, the Poor People’s Campaign prepared for a large-scale rally and march on Washington scheduled for June 2020.
The Office of the Attorney General announced a major victory in a legal battle against property management company the Curtis Investment Group.
An 11-month-old girl died in a hotel being used as a family shelter early in February.
Local tenants who have been withholding rent since December describe the myriad problems with their apartments, including mold, bedbugs, leaks and broken heaters.
On Jan 22. D.C. conducted the 2020 Point in Time Count. The data collected on this night will help the city determine where to allocate resources for addressing homelessness.
Last week the ICH presented a draft of Homeward D.C. 2.0 in an effort to revitalize the goals of their initial plan, Homeward D.C., and fix shortcomings discovered during its implementation over the past four years. During the meeting, multiple D.C. residents, many of whom were formerly homeless, expressed their concerns with the city’s ability to fulfill the plan’s ambitious goals. Along with the general vagueness of the document itself, residents took issue with the lack of transparency regarding policy meetings and the little progress being made for universally affordable housing.
As encampment residents in the NoMa neighborhood were forced to move from an underpass on K Street in January, one group’s fundraiser illustrates the challenges that come with outreach to a community with varying needs and priorities.
Months of deliberations of the future of Barry Farm Dwellings came to an end on Jan. 30 after the Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously voted to protect a section of the neighborhood from redevelopment.
After local tenants withheld their rent to demand repairs, their landlord sent them eviction notices. A rally was held the morning of their court date.
As the homelessness crisis rages on, more resources are needed to provide daily outreach and affordable, permanent housing.
When Reggie Cox first learned about Charlie’s Place, a local shelter, he was in urgent need of a place to stay. Now, after volunteering at the shelter, he serves as executive director.
Residents of the K St underpass in NoMa prepared to permanently move their tents and belonging. The clear out was in response to complaints by NoMa residents and the NoMa Business Improvement District.
Kirk Ellis, a co-founder of OneTribe Outreach, is gathering funds to provide cold-weather sleeping bags to anyone in need this winter.
The clearing of people and their possessions from the K Street underpass between First and 2nd streets NE will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16 regardless of weather conditions, according to Jessica Smith, a policy analyst for the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services.
About 50 people gathered at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in honor of Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. An service was held by local religious leaders.
Local housing activists visited the Wilson Building to deliver budget priorities to their councilmembers.
On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 a group gathered in Luther Place Church to commemorate the lives of those who died without a home last year. Following the service, participants gathered along 14th St, and marched in a procession carrying signs with the names of those who had passed and chanting for their right for housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Community Connections almost $924,000 for permanent supportive housing.
There are currently only 46 medical respite beds for homeless people too ill to recover from an illness or injury on the street but not ill enough to be hospitalized. AmeriHealth Caritas DC plans to invest in six new respite care facilities in under two years.