Professor Carolyn Gallaher writes on what the end of COVID-19 eviction bans means and how other programs could fill the gap for those in need of assistance.
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Spurred by deepening housing, homelessness and gentrification crises, a nationwide wave of militant housing activism is growing as its successes go viral.
The D.C. Council voted down a controversial measure last week that would have allowed landlords to resume sending eviction notices during the pandemic, opting instead to revisit the proposal at a later date.
Artist and vendor Sheila White shares her greatest personal struggle and her concern that many others in the area will be affected by homelessness once pandemic-related eviction prohibitions expire.
As legal proceedings shift online, many of the most vulnerable are left without the tools they need to show up in court. These problems, legal aid workers say, are affecting eviction hearings across the US.
A district court judge ruled against the CDC’s eviction moratorium, but the final outcome remains uncertain.
Tenant voices were conspicuously absent from the deliberation on recommendations that will affect the District’s most vulnerable renters’ ability to remain housed through the end of the pandemic and long after.
The D.C. Tenants Union partnered with tenant leaders at Marbury Plaza in Southeast D.C. to organize a rent strike and push the landlord and city government for repairs and rental relief.
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 CDC ruled that no evictions can take place until the end of March, noting that sending people into shelters increases the rate of spread of COVID-19.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing to uphold a D.C. Council bill invalidating all evictions until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Paula Dyan, a former social worker with homelessness experience, shares about resources to help those at risk of becoming homeless during the pandemic.
The D.C. Superior Court ruled legislation that gives protections to tenants facing eviction is unconstitutional, violating property owners rights.
Worries about eviction during the pandemic disproportionately affect Black and Hispanic renters, widening the racial wealth gap.
D.C. Council gives the Mayor authority to extend the state of emergency, thus extend the eviction moratorium. But COVID-19 and unemployment remain issues.
The DC Council has not yet passed a permanent bill to seal eviction records for tenants in the District.
D.C. Council has passed a number of temporary and emergency bills to protect renters during the pandemic. Now it is considering permanent protections.
The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation last week that provides for eviction records to be sealed after 30 days when eviction is not granted, and after three years when a tenant is evicted. The legislation is part of a package to limit the long term impacts of eviction, which limits the use of prior evictions for landlords deciding whether to rent to tenants and calls for the fee to file an eviction with the court to be raised.
A Street Sense Media analysis determined that only six of the 24 at-large DC Council candidates on the ballot advertised specific plans with measurable goals to address homelessness in their online platforms. We sent them five questions about local poverty.
Three rental assistance programs, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program and the DHCD Rental Assistance program still have funds available for tenants. With these funds, as well as further action, the District hopes to prevent an eviction surge post-pandemic.