Lyft started a pilot program offering 400 scooters in D.C., and residents with proof of low-income who qualify for a form of “welfare” like Medicaid or SNAP, can get a Lyft scooter subscription for just $5 per month. Low-income residents in D.C. have less access to public transportation like the Metro.
Content categorized as Criminalization of Homelessness
The Western Regional Advocacy Project discusses common “solutions” to poverty that, while having the best of intentions, do not stop the epidemic of homelessness and waste millions of dollars.
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 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.
The American Civil Liberties Union D.C. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service for an eviction that occurred in June 2015, where marshals entered the home of a woman with weapons drawn and evicted her and her twelve-year-old daughter.
A Street Sense Media vendor shares her views on the availability of public restrooms.
A description of the McKinney-Vento Awards and the law behind them.
A poem about rights.
Betty Everett reminds us to love what we have.
Debora Brantley speaks out against hostile architecture.
Jacquelyn Portee tells her story.
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.
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.
Marcellus Phillips talks about being asked to leave a location, while selling his Street Sense newspapers, by a police detective.
Vendor/Artist James Davis writes a moving poem about the persecution homeless people face.
Robert Williams speaks out about income inequality.
Sheila White gives her opinion on a encampment that was destroyed with a bulldozer.
An amendment was introduced to D.C. Council on July 11, 2017 that would make homelessness a protected class under Washington, D.C. human rights law. The bill was introduced under the name of famed homeless advocate Michael A. Stoops.
D.C. government evicted an encampment under the 2nd Street bridge in northwest Washington on June 20. This cleanup was followed by a second, informal eviction at a new encampment made up of many of the recently displaced tenants.
A vendor faces discrimination and problems when trying to make a positive impact by selling Street Sense.