The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for stimulus payments to every adult and every child with a valid Social Security number. The legislation is more inclusive than previous recession relief packages but experts say D.C.’s most vulnerable residents are still the farthest away from receiving help.
More than 20 District restaurants, agencies, and organizations are providing free meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The text-message based notification service is maintaining guide to service providers that are staying open while D.C. deals with the coronavirus.
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.
The pilot program began in January and was originally set to end in mid-March, WAMU reported.
Two bills addressing housing discrimination received a hearing on Feb. 20. In response, critics voiced their concerns regarding the enforcement of this legislation and whether they are adequate enough to fully address this deep-rooted systemic issue.
A D.C. landlord was arrested for contempt of court amidst litigation over allegations that he neglected to keep his properties up to code.
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau rallied alongside about 150 tenants and supporters at a Columbia Heights apartment building and vowed to pursue legislative initiatives to expand the city’s rent control law. The rally was organized by Reclaim Rent Control, a campaign supported by 45 local union and non-profits which aims to improve conditions in rent-controlled apartments.
Joseph Young has lived in his current home for more than 25 years, and he’s seen his neighborhood rapidly transform around him. His photos have captured the story of gentrification in D.C. — and now they’re with the Smithsonian.
At a Feb. 19 meeting, the Committee on Government Operations heard testimony addressing the Attorney General Civil Rights Enforcement Clarification Act, including how the legislation stacks up to other states and concerns about concurrent authority.
On Jan. 20 Sandra Jackson was honored by Georgetown University as part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration, a free, ticketed musical tribute that featured Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Jackson is the executive director of House of Ruth and has had two decades of experience in social services management in the D.C. area.
At a Jan. 29 meeting, the Poor People’s Campaign prepared for a large-scale rally and march on Washington scheduled for June 2020.
The Office of the Attorney General announced a major victory in a legal battle against property management company the Curtis Investment Group.
An 11-month-old girl died in a hotel being used as a family shelter early in February.
Local tenants who have been withholding rent since December describe the myriad problems with their apartments, including mold, bedbugs, leaks and broken heaters.
On Jan 22. D.C. conducted the 2020 Point in Time Count. The data collected on this night will help the city determine where to allocate resources for addressing homelessness.
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.
As encampment residents in the NoMa neighborhood were forced to move from an underpass on K Street in January, one group’s fundraiser illustrates the challenges that come with outreach to a community with varying needs and priorities.
Months of deliberations of the future of Barry Farm Dwellings came to an end on Jan. 30 after the Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously voted to protect a section of the neighborhood from redevelopment.