Artist and vendor Colly Dennis discusses the ever increasing number of people seeking help.
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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.
Local man experiencing homelessness shares the benefits and limits of Social Security.
A judge ordered the D.C. government to speed up their processing time for food stamps last month.
Gary Minter offers his take on how federal tax code could be re-written to benefit the “little people”.
Jennifer McLaughlin makes the case for House Resolution 4547, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018
The D.C. Council Committee held its budget oversight hearing of several agencies which address aging in place in Washington, D.C.
Former Street Sense vendor and artist Gary Minter calls for action by Congress to solve issues around the EBT/SNAP food program.
The number of homeless people in Washington, D.C., dropped about 10 percent, from 8,350 in January 2016 to 7,473 last year. But I wouldn’t get… Read more »
Vendors Elizabeth and Jennifer reflect on the injustices of the welfare system.
Several years of worsening food stamp service lead to the second lawsuit in three years against the Department of Human Services. A new computer system has been identified as the culprit.
D.C. Legal Aid sues DHS after an updated computer program leads to delays in food stamp application processing. Local safety net programs see significant increase in requests for emergency food assistance.
Street Sense artists/vendors share their feelings about applying and waiting for public benefits.
A Street Sense writer gives informative advice on how to best use the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
On March 3, the D.C. Council Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization held a performance oversight hearing to assess the agencies it monitors. Nearly 30 District residents appeared to testify against slum conditions in low-income housing, hoping to persuade officials to improve the quality and increase the quantity of affordable housing units in the city.
Ahead of the release of the city’s 2018 budget, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute hosted “Progress Amidst Uncertainty” to address the issues it will face.
A vendor describes his concerns about current political discourse, especially around race and activism.
A vendor argues that the media, especially conservative outlets, denigrate Black people while ignoring that the same problems impact White communities.
Cynthia Mewborn corrects some misconceptions about government assistance.