More than 100 women experiencing homelessness were cast out of the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter during a Sept. 22 deep clean of the building. While out on the lawn, some told stories of verbal abuse from staff and guards. They say the rules and conditions are pushing them to their breaking point.
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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.
The amended budget, which increases funding for building new affordable housing units, providing tenants with rental relief and extending social services, faces a final vote by the Council on July 21, after which it will be submitted to the Mayor.
Members of the racial justice collective Freedom Fighters D.C. began to sit in at the plaza in protest of the mayor’s proposed police budget. Hundred joined them over the course of two days.
The Way Home campaign and the Fair Budget Coalition are calling on the D.C. Council to allocate an additional $66 million to build more permanent supportive housing and fund critical homelessness prevention programs.
Hope Has a Home committed to opening 48 medical respite beds in the District, doubling the city’s capacity for this service. The program was launched by AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. and Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas in partnership with Unity Health Care and Pathways to Housing.
Israel Bayer, the director of INSP North America, argues now is the time for widespread action in the housing justice movement.
New referrals to the District’s coordinated entry housing program were suspended last month. Service providers say the process should be resumed virtually until the public health situation subsides.
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.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Community Connections almost $924,000 for permanent supportive housing.
Abrams Hall is the first completed part of the Walter Reed Medical campus redevelopment in Northwest D.C.
The Bowser Administration collaborates with the private sector in a new initiative to combat homelessness.
“We can be the government that ends homelessness,” said one councilmember.
Advocates from The Way Home Campaign demonstrated for an additional $35.5 million in the FY2020 budget just before Mayor Bowser announces her preliminary budget at the State of the District Event.
Approximately 15 representatives from the People For Fairness Coalition canvassed the Wilson Building on Dec. 21, seeking more funding and stronger legal protections to address… Read more »
Reginald Black explains how important housing subsidies are for the homeless.
Vendor Reginald Black calls for a comprehensive, city-wide approach to replacing D.C. General with local family shelters.
James Butler, who is running for mayor of D.C., outlines his plan to end homeless in the District using a three-part process that focuses on community engagement, replacing D.C. General, and redistribution of tax money.
After one month, a new Transitional Housing Program that works with employment services has been a success, according to residents and city officials. The program houses seven individuals and is helping them find permanent employment and housing.
Mayors around the U.S., including D.C.’s Muriel Bowser launched a coalition between public and private leaders to call on the federal government to invest more in affordable housing.