As the District copes with the spread of COVID-19, more than a dozen organizations that provide essential services to the homeless said they will stay open.
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Advocates with Miriam’s Kitchen and The Way Home campaign ask what a state of emergency looks like for people already in crisis.
As part of the District of Columbia’s strategic plan to reduce homelessness, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for The Aya in Ward 6 on Feb. 21. It is the fifth of seven short-term family housing facilities.
Two bills addressing housing discrimination received a hearing on Feb. 20. In response, critics voiced their concerns regarding the enforcement of this legislation and whether they are adequate enough to fully address this deep-rooted systemic issue.
A D.C. landlord was arrested for contempt of court amidst litigation over allegations that he neglected to keep his properties up to code.
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau rallied alongside about 150 tenants and supporters at a Columbia Heights apartment building and vowed to pursue legislative initiatives to expand the city’s rent control law. The rally was organized by Reclaim Rent Control, a campaign supported by 45 local union and non-profits which aims to improve conditions in rent-controlled apartments.
Joseph Young has lived in his current home for more than 25 years, and he’s seen his neighborhood rapidly transform around him. His photos have captured the story of gentrification in D.C. — and now they’re with the Smithsonian.
At a Feb. 19 meeting, the Committee on Government Operations heard testimony addressing the Attorney General Civil Rights Enforcement Clarification Act, including how the legislation stacks up to other states and concerns about concurrent authority.
A haiku by artist and vendor Queenie Featherstone.
The Office of the Attorney General announced a major victory in a legal battle against property management company the Curtis Investment Group.
An 11-month-old girl died in a hotel being used as a family shelter early in February.
Local tenants who have been withholding rent since December describe the myriad problems with their apartments, including mold, bedbugs, leaks and broken heaters.
Last week the ICH presented a draft of Homeward D.C. 2.0 in an effort to revitalize the goals of their initial plan, Homeward D.C., and fix shortcomings discovered during its implementation over the past four years. During the meeting, multiple D.C. residents, many of whom were formerly homeless, expressed their concerns with the city’s ability to fulfill the plan’s ambitious goals. Along with the general vagueness of the document itself, residents took issue with the lack of transparency regarding policy meetings and the little progress being made for universally affordable housing.
Months of deliberations of the future of Barry Farm Dwellings came to an end on Jan. 30 after the Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously voted to protect a section of the neighborhood from redevelopment.
After local tenants withheld their rent to demand repairs, their landlord sent them eviction notices. A rally was held the morning of their court date.
The clearing of people and their possessions from the K Street underpass between First and 2nd streets NE will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16 regardless of weather conditions, according to Jessica Smith, a policy analyst for the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services.
Local housing activists visited the Wilson Building to deliver budget priorities to their councilmembers.
Reginald Black, a Street Sense artist and vendor explains how solutions to homelessness could be led by those experiencing it themselves.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Community Connections almost $924,000 for permanent supportive housing.
The hearings to determine how much of Barry Farm will be designated as a historic landmark continued Dec. 5 as progress reports were provided.