D.C. will increase the aid available through the Home Purchase Assistance Program starting October 1.
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During a period of inflation, people are motivated to join the gig economy for extra income to cover rising expenses. Inflation simultaneously engenders and exacerbates fiscal obstacles for gig workers.
Low-income people from across the nation rallied in the Poor People’s Campaign’s ‘Assembly and Moral March on Washington.’
Gerald Anderson shares part of his experience with homelessness.
Reggie Jones shares his short story, titled “I need money.”
Universities across the District have used their federal coronavirus relief dollars in different ways. While most have used the money to pay down student tuition balances and recover lost revenue, some schools used it to buy and install new air filtration systems and pay for licenses for Zoom.
Volunteers are working to help low-income residents file for stimulus checks that they’ve yet to receive.
The D.C. Council debated several amendments to fiscal year 2022 budget legislation to include a measure to tax high-income earners at a higher rate to support a number of new initiatives, as well as a failed measure to allocate additional funds for hero’s pay — a financial incentive program for the city’s essential workers. The final votes are coming up in early August.
The D.C. Council approved a historic tax increase on July 20 aimed at lifting residents out of poverty, but not everyone qualified is taking advantage of the existing resources it would be linked to.
The District passed a law late last year that prevents businesses from discriminating against customers using cash for payments. But so far the law has done little to prevent the growth of cashless businesses in the city.
Among a tripling in national student loan debt from $600 billion in 2008 to over $1.7 trillion last year, D.C. residents lead the nation in debt, with the average borrower burdened with a whopping $60,651. In response, the D.C. Council has joined a growing chorus of cities asking the Biden Administration for debt relief.
An update on tax filing deadlines to help those experiencing homelessness qualify for COVID-19 stimulus checks.
Shane Sullivan, a harm reduction outreach worker, argues that only full decriminalization of drugs will enable the District to seriously address its increasingly deadly street supply.
Libby Soloman of Greater Greater Washington analyzes affordable housing in the District.
Low-income filers will be able to claim missed stimulus funds in addition to typical credits in their 2021 tax forms. Despite COVID-related difficulties, free tax preparation services and legal assistance are available to help people with less than $57,000 in yearly income.
DC will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to nearly 20,000 residents whose unemployment benefits are set to expire after Christmas.
THRIVE, a partnership between four local nonprofits, launched a basic income program in Ward 8. Participants report that the extra money has made an unimaginable difference in their financial situation.
Artist Joseph Walker on how he copes with the country’s economic system.
Vendor Jennifer McLaughlin on her experiences shopping at Dollar Tree.
The D.C. District Cout prevents the Trump administration from revoking SNAP eligibility for thousands of Americans.