This fall, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will begin renovating the park at the corner of New Jersey Avenue and O Street NW, permanently displacing an encampment of about 30 residents, and adding to their uncertainty.
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The Eckington property is supposed to be developed into affordable housing by Mi Casa, an affordable housing developer. In the meantime, the belongings of encampment residents were thrown away.
Thrive DC and the Community Family Life Services are opening their second housing facility in the Kenilworth neighborhood in Northeast D.C. to help women returning from prison or struggling with addiction to have stable housing, access to mental health services, and a peer support network.
On May 13th, the DC Government exercised protocols to “cleanup” two encampments near Union Station and NoMa that caused substantial displacement of a number of residents.
Artist/Vendor Marcus McCall interviews Ami Angell on the mission and programs of The h3 Project, which focuses on homeless outreach efforts near NoMa and Union Station.
Vendor/Artist Jennifer McLaughlin contributes a report on a fire near the U.S. Department of Transportation that may have been caused by a cigarette butt during high winds.
On Jan. 3, 2021, CCNV filed a lawsuit against the HHS and GSA over the rights to the shelter, paralleling back to past conflicts with the federal government
MidCity’s plan for Brookland Manor disproportionately causes the eviction of residents of color, leaving advocates eager to preserve affordable housing for all.
Despite CDC warnings, on March 4, The Deputy Mayor on Health and Human Services conducted the 18th encampment cleanup in 2021 on 1st and H, cleaning up trash and displacing several individuals to pave the way for a construction project.
The District Task Force on Jails and Justice made 80 recommendations to the Mayor to invest in more affordable housing, to help communities and prevent crime.
The Community for Creative Non-Violence, D.C.’s largest homeless shelter, filed a lawsuit against the federal government for breach of contract and disrupting their daily activities.
D.C. workers on pandemic-related unemployment programs are struggling to get approved for benefits and back-pay.
Many people are asking that question. It raises concerns both about the safety of American citizens and restoration of the rule of law.
Shelter residents are sent to DHS’s isolation sites when exposed to COVID-19. But some report mistreatment and transphobia by staff and security guards.
DC government conducted a cleanup at the encampments along L and M St. NE on Dec. 8. Advocates helped residents move their belongings and collect trash.
ANC commissioners are pushing back against city officials’ plans to house 60 women – more people than Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office recommends for mass gatherings – at a recreation center in Ward 6 this winter.
The People for Fairness Coalition, Ward 6 Mutual Aid and Gonzaga Peace Club distribute essential items to help encampment residents cope during hypothermia season.
COVID-19 presents another challenge for the unhoused community in Washington, D.C. Will local leaders take the right actions to create positive social change after this unprecedented crisis?
Solar Works D.C., through the DDOE, employs low-income residents in a solar installation and job training program. Panels are installed across the District, and low-income residents can request installations for free.
As hypothermia season activates in D.C., shelter residents say it’s as cold inside as it is outside.