Candidates for the D.C. Council’s At-large seats have made reform or improvement of the District’s rapid rehousing program, which has often been the target of attack from housing advocates, part of their campaign platforms.
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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.
Activists marched to the home of Mayor Muriel Bowser to protest the quality of services provided to homeless people in the District.
D.C.’s system for matching homeless people with housing was stymied by the pandemic, so they are prioritizing people who are most vulnerable to the virus.
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.
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.
Since 2015, the D.C. Department of Human Services has decreased the number of families in its care by over 40 percent.
Two housing groups in Washington, D.C., were penalized for refusing to accept government subsidies as payment for security deposits and monthly rent, said the Equal Rights Center, the plaintiff in this case.
Inspired by the homeless prevention pilot program for families that was launched in 2015 a new Department of Human Services program called Project Reconnect will provide “shelter diversion and a rapid exit” for single adults.
A Street Sense vendor talks about his struggles after rapid rehousing.
An opinion piece depicting author Tyrone Chisolm Jr’s struggle to succeed in governmental rehousing.
Several families who have received rapid re-housing subsidies marched nearly two miles from Virginia Williams Family Resource Center to the headquarters of the D.C. Department of Human Services, to voice their concerns about the program.
The annual PIT Count took place Jan. 25. The count is a census of the District’s homeless population that includes people outdoors, people in shelters and people in transitional housing programs. The PIT Count does not provide an accurate census of DC’s homeless youth, so a separate count called the Homeless Youth Census is conducted by Solid Foundations DC, an initiative of Mayor Bowser.
Rapid re-housing is one of the District’s most criticized homeless services programs. Advocates, councilmembers, providers and recipients give their accounts.
Dr. Dennis Culhane’s (above, right) work as a University of Pennsylvania professor of social policy has been instrumental in housing policy. His research led to a federal… Read more »
A new housing lawyer is advocating for D.C. residents cut from the growing rapid rehousing program.
An interview with Barbara Poppe, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness