ANC commissioners are asking for money to fund mobile showers, laundry facilities, and bathrooms for unhoused residents.
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The pandemic deepened food insecurity for many D.C. communities. With SNAP benefits decreasing soon, advocates are worried the District’s plans won’t be enough.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson famously declared war on poverty. Up until this point, the U.S. had no official measure of poverty and therefore no statistics on its scope, shape or changing nature. Author and professor Mark Robert Rank discusses his book Confronting Poverty and how the approach that the government came up with in the 1960s is still its official measure of poverty, used to determine eligibility for hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid.
The Mayor’s FY2022 request to increase the Housing Production Trust Fund is now being considered by the D.C. Council, but the fund has not met past targets to assist low-income residents.
Applicants to the District’s rental and utility assistance program said they haven’t received funding, confirmations, or updates months after requesting aid.
The D.C. Department of Human Services recently announced $350 million in assistance remains for rent and utility assistance and has encouraged additional applications.
Local tax assistance is available to people with low-to-no-income or without a permanent address seeking to recover stimulus checks and to access other credits.
Jobless D.C. residents can look to extended federal unemployment programs even as problems plague local benefits and Biden’s plan stalls in Congress.
But what does one do when those systems fail? An ongoing problem I’m working through with a client has forced me to confront this question head- on and interrogate whether these programs serve our clients in the first place.
Artist and vendor Marcellus Phillps shares his experience with epilepsy.
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.
Street Sense explains the unemployment benefits available, and how to claim them.
In the second Council hearing on unemployment benefits this fall, workers and Councilmember SIlverman continued to raise concerns about DOES’s system for unemployment benefits.
The Census, which informs how funding for many programs, has struggled to count the homeless population. This effort has been further complicated by COVID-19.
The D.C. District Cout prevents the Trump administration from revoking SNAP eligibility for thousands of Americans.
The D.C. Council extended unemployment benefits set to expire for many residents at the end of October for another seven weeks. This change came amid criticisms of the system, including many residents saying they could not file claims for unemployment.
Artist and vendor Colly Dennis discusses the ever increasing number of people seeking help.
Congress’ emergency federal aid expansion is set to expire at the end of July, cutting millions of Americans who became unemployed during the Covid-19 pandemic from vital support. Experts advise that the aid package be extended to return poverty rates to pre-crisis levels.
As the partial government shutdown continues, city officials and service providers are working to protect residents relying on federally funded assistance and federal workers going without pay.