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.
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The Committee on Health’s Performance Oversight Hearing, chaired by Councilmember Vincent Gray, was held on February 12. D.C. residents, medical service providers and advocates testified on a range of issues pertaining to the health and well-being of D.C. residents.
Funding for housing programs is based on the area median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The District is at a disadvantage because HUD defines the AMI to include all of the D.C. Metro Region, which means more affluent parts of Maryland and Virginia affect the data.
D.C. Council voted 10-2 to exempt single-family homes from the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act on March 7. TOPA has been criticized for allowing tenants to sell their TOPA rights to third-party lawyers or developers who can hold up the sale of the property and cost realtors and landowners huge amounts of money and time, dissuading landowners from renting out empty space.
United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston visited several locations throughout the United States to observe and report on extreme poverty and its human rights implications.
The OSSE State of Discipline Report for the 2016-2017 school year showed that homeless and low-income students, black students, and students with disabilities are being suspended and expelled at higher rates than their peers. This comes after Chairperson of the Committee on Education David Grosso published his Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017, which would limit the use of suspensions and expulsions as disciplinary practices in district schools.
Earlier this month organizers hosted a mass meeting in D.C. as a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, where grassroots activists and clergy leaders called for an end to systematic racism, inequality, and other forms of oppression in the District.
Several D.C. government agencies announced plans to renovate a vacant apartment complex, to create 220 new unites of affordable housing.
The D.C. Council Committee held its budget oversight hearing of several agencies which address aging in place in Washington, D.C.
Many witnesses at at D.C. Council oversight hearing for the Department of Health criticized D.C. Health Care Alliance.
Just after the annual census of the homeless community, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined 13 U.S. mayors and three CEOs to call for national, local and private investments to curb the housing-affordability crises across the nation.
On Feb. 8 a representative from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and a crew of public works employees cleaned up an E street encampment but did not remove the tents.
Several women from N Street Village took part in a 12-week program led by artist Erika Cleveland, in which they designed and created traditional flip dolls inspired by their lives.
Nearly 30 people testified Monday during the Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearing led by Committee Chair David Grosso. District residents along with the Public Charter School Board and the Deputy Mayor for Education testified during the hearing.
Earlier this month, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a Request for Information seeking input from investors and entrepreneurs about how to create an inclusive innovation ecosystem that provides more opportunities for people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community.
After one month, a new Transitional Housing Program that works with employment services has been a success, according to residents and city officials. The program houses seven individuals and is helping them find permanent employment and housing.
Tenants of Congress Heights and other protesters marched on the home of land developer Geoff Griffis. They are concerned that Griffis’ planned redevelopment of their apartments at Congress Heights will displace them from their homes.
The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a public hearing Jan. 10 to discuss Bill 22-0223, the Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act of 2017. The bill seeks to increase access to restrooms in downtown neighborhoods where they are scarce. Community representatives testified to the benefit such an initiative would have for tourists, residents, and the homeless alike.
Three tent encampments in NoMa were cleared over the last three weeks. The encampments were in locations that have been designated for public art projects by the NoMa BID.
Mayors around the U.S., including D.C.’s Muriel Bowser launched a coalition between public and private leaders to call on the federal government to invest more in affordable housing.