At a budget briefing hosted by the Way Home Campaign on April 25, campaign members along with several D.C. residents called on the D.C. Council to increase investments for homeless services. Representatives from Wards 1, 6 and 8 were present, along with three of four at-large council members.
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On March 8, a homeless encampment was cleared away from federal park land in front of Central Union Mission. One man identifies a 25-minute window in which he lost everything.
The District government cleared a camp in Foggy Bottom, one of several in recent years at the the same location. A bystander gave his account of the clean-up.
The public space across the street from 2025 E St. NW is no longer home to the residents of a homeless encampment. The District’s Department of Human Services posted notice of the clear-out on March 15 and made good on its promise two weeks later.
Carolin Emcke is a publicist and philosopher who thinks that the basic principles of co-existence are in danger. In an interview with Surprise, she talks about the significance of public spirit, her fears for modern citizens and the importance of acknowledging the freedom of other
The Howard University student body remains entrenched in a protest movement pointed at the school’s administration that has persisted throughout the spring semester.
The D.C. government recently conducted two clean-ups of tent encampments in the NoMa neighborhood, forcing the displacement of several homeless community members.
Mayor Muriel Bowser released her 14.5-billion-dollar budget proposal, entitled “A Fair Shot,” for the fiscal year 2019. The proposed budget allocates the highest funding levels in the District’s history for homeless services but has received some criticism for not allocating enough funding for D.C.’s lowest income residents.
Introduction of the legislation was widely supported in July 2017, when it was referred to a committee. But after nine months there has been no hearing to consider moving it further.
On March 8, the Way Home Campaign held a rally and march calling for FY2019 budget appropriations to end chronic homelessness.
Nonprofit developer Jubilee Housing is building affordable housing in Columbia Heights that will allow low-income families to stay in their neighborhood.
A’dora Willis, a 19-year-old alumna of D.C. SCORES, just published her first children’s book “He and Me: Little Nuggets for Bright Futures.” The book was inspired by the children Willis is surrounded by through her mother’s daycare and her continued work with students in D.C. SCORES.
Georgetown Ministry Center re-opened its day center under Grace Episcopal Church on Monday, March 19.
On March 15, Mayor Muriel Bowser delivered her fourth State of the District Address at UDC. Hour beforehand, community organizers held a “The People’s State of D.C.” rally outside of the university.
An audit of the Department of Housing and Community Development criticized it for not keeping reliable records of Housing Production Trust Fund spending. The audit called on the agency to maintain a public database of information on its spending, and to consistently publish reports annual and quarterly reports.
Mayor Bowser and several councilmembers spoke at the yearly CNHED housing rally, giving conflicting accounts of the state of affordable housing in D.C. Councilmembers acknowledged the city’s shortcoming while pledging to do more, and as the Mayor highlighted the progress the city has made.
The D.C. Council questioned the changes to the construction schedule, and asked if they presented a risk to families living in D.C. General. Representatives from the government agencies in charge of the demolition assured that the demolition would be done safely.
A report released Feb. 26 by the Office of the D.C. Auditor and the Council for Court Excellence documents serious shortcomings in the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health, including instances in which staff without formal forensic training made decisions regarding patients’ competency to stand trial and their criminal responsibility for the charges they face.
A new report by the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness shows high rates of women experiencing homelessness in D.C. who have been, or continue to be, victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
DC residents, disability-rights advocates and service providers testified on February 14th during the Committee on Human Service’s Performance Oversight Hearing lead by Chairwoman Brianne Nadeau.