DHS is holding town halls at its PEP-V sites to tell residents that PSH vouchers have run out, so most will need to find another plan for where to go before PEP-V closes in September.
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Following officials’ and advocates’ calls to expand the FEMA-funded hotels to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19, DHS announced on April 2 that the District will open a fourth PEP-V site that will accommodate an additional 200 residents.
Community organizations are trying to help children and families in need but have limited resources
Artist and Vendor Rita Sauls writes about the challenges of transportation during the pandemic
Local tax assistance is available to people with low-to-no-income or without a permanent address seeking to recover stimulus checks and to access other credits.
Artist and Vendor Joseph Jackson writes about his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau recently recommended DC government buy hotels to continue providing rooms for people experiencing homelessness who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and to turn them into more housing. The new federal pandemic-relief bill includes funds that can be used for just that.
A month into DCPS reopening schools for in-person learning, low-income parents remain conflicted. Homeless families are experiencing worse circumstances so they are a priority group for students returning.
D.C. Health partnered with the D.C. Housing Authority to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors in public housing at the beginning of February. Private housing centers for low-income seniors have been left out of both the federal and local vaccine rollouts.
Looking ahead nowadays is harder than looking back. It used to be that when you’re looking forward you can look back on what you’ve been through and how you got through what you’ve been through to get to where you are.
In the midst of COVID-19, DC must work to improve their accessibility to essential mental health services for the homeless community
Two people died due to complications from COVID-19, two were killed, and two died in the cold.
Fletcher opines a piece on the effects COVID-19 has on at-risk students entering the job force, and the importance of career counselors in their trajectory.
Tenants from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia marched to the home of White House domestic policy chief Susan Rice on Jan. 23 and called on the Biden administration to include rent cancelation in the latest COVID-19 relief package proposal
The District Task Force on Jails and Justice made 80 recommendations to the Mayor to invest in more affordable housing, to help communities and prevent crime.
The D.C. Department of Human Services and Unity Health Care began administering vaccines starting this month in low-barrier shelters and Pandemic Emergency Program for Medically Vulnerable Individuals centers.
With 555 people waiting to be placed into the PEP-V program, DHS has no plans for expansion, despite 100% FEMA reimbursement
Food services that used to provide hot meals are finding it increasily difficult and many have stopped that service. Due to COVID-19, restroom availability is limited for homeless individuals.
The 2021 PIT count occurred on Jan. 27 in D.C., with reshaped procedures and new COVID-related challenges to face.