At least 100 formerly homeless youth took to the streets of Eastern Market on June 16 for a demonstration in support of their peers and the Black Lives Matter movement. They were all members of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, which houses approximately 150 runaway and homeless youth and provides counseling, education, and life- skill services.
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Entering Phase Two included significant changes for local businesses but few changes for homeless services. A glimpse into what needs to occur before proceeding to Phase Three, and how DHS is preparing to approach the rest of 2020.
The annual Point-in-Time Count shows the number of homeless people in DC fell for the fifth consecutive year. But experts warn the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will likely cause an increase in homelessness.
Homeless shelters that receive federal funding will be allowed to consider an individual’s sex and gender identity when deciding on accommodations, thanks to a June 12th rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Fewer people used DC’s severe weather shelters last winter than the year before, but use on average has risen over the last five years.
The state-of-the-art men’s shelter is set to replace a 380-bed facility in Southeast DC by September 2021. But construction atop a former landfill and a Metrorail tunnel have raised environmental and structural concerns.
William Merrifield, Esq. advocates for prioritizing placing people experiencing homelessness in affordable housing, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. He highlights social housing as an overlooked solution.
In less than a week, Taylar Nuevelle has organized significant mutual aid for women residing at the emergency shelter within King Greenleaf Recreation Center.
DHS Director Laura Zeilinger confirmed that five shelter residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being treated either in quarantine or in a hospital. Individuals in quarantine are being housed in one of three local hotels.
Maria Foscarinis, the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, explains why temporary housing is the safest approach for people experiencing homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
An 11-month-old girl died in a hotel being used as a family shelter early in February.
When Reggie Cox first learned about Charlie’s Place, a local shelter, he was in urgent need of a place to stay. Now, after volunteering at the shelter, he serves as executive director.
Artist and vendor Dan Hooks writes about how shelters are overcrowded and uncleanly.
The redesign of 801 East Men’s Shelter is currently on schedule to be completed by Summer 2021, according to Keith Anderson, the director of the D.C. Department of General Services. Construction was originally set for April 23, but was pushed back due to a wait for potential contractors.
It is 10:30 a.m. on a Thursday at the NoMa encampments, several communities of people living in tents at the K, M, and L Street… Read more »
A woman was raped outside of a city shelter, across the street from a police station.
The annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness, a nationwide effort, found nearly 500 youth ages 18-24 to be homeless in the District while D.C.’s annual Homeless Youth Census reported approximately 1,300 youth in the same age range as homeless.
Some Ward 1 residents say they have legitimate concerns about the construction of a new homeless shelter in their neighborhood.