“As a dozen families settled into a makeshift shelter for the homeless on the second floor of the Reeves Municipal Center one night last week, Barbara Terrell cradled her frail 2 month old, Monte, … and whispered how desperate she was to get him into some kind of secure room of his own. ” The above is an excerpt from a Washington Post article written in 1995 titled, “Suffer the Little Children: Shortage of Shelter Space Hits the Youngest of the Homeless.” At the time, the District was in a deep financial crisis with a looming deficit of over...read more
The following testimony was delivered by Legal Clinic staff attorney, Will Merrifield, at the DC Council’s Oversight Hearing on the Department of Human Services held on February 26, 2014. To watch the testimony and follow up questions from Councilmember Graham, click here and begin watching at the 3:40:28 mark. Councilmember Graham, as you have heard today, we are in an affordable housing crisis. Currently, in the District, a person making minimum wage must work approximately 132 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, or earn $27 an hour at 40...read more
The following testimony was delivered by Legal Clinic staff attorney, Marta Beresin, at the DC Council’s Oversight Hearing on the Department of Human Services held on February 26, 2014. We look forward to continuing to work with the DC government and our colleagues in the advocacy community to build upon the positive steps that have been taken and to forge new solutions that protect the rights and advance the interests of our clients. This winter, DC has seen more than a twofold increase in the number of homeless families in shelter....read more
The UnForum brings you one-on-one conversations with the leading candidates about how inequality affects jobs, housing, healthcare, education and much more for so many residents. March 2nd Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells Moderated by Mark Segraves, Reporter, NBC 4 Washington and Senior Correspondent, WNEW Radio March 9th Jack Evans and Vincent Orange Moderated by Marc Fisher, Senior Editor, Washington Post March 16th Andy Shallal and Vincent Gray Moderated by Marc Fisher, Senior Editor, Washington Post ...read more
Today, The Washington Post reported on DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to address the crisis of family homelessness by introducing emergency legislation aimed at keeping the front door of the District’s family shelter closed as tightly as possible. The proposed legislation, which if adopted as emergency would have neither the benefit of a public hearing nor input from the community, would allow for “provisional placement” of families in shelter. This means that families who prove that they have no place else to stay could gain entry into shelter...read more
March 26, 2014
Trinity Center at Trinity Washington University.
Join us for the 27th anniversary match-up of the Hoya Lawyers and the Hill’s Angels.