They have one more chance to get it right for the constituents they represent when they have their final vote on December 5.
The standard proposed by the Administration is quite different than any other recertification standard.
The bill is scheduled for mark-up by the Committee on Human Services on September 20. Now is the time for the Council to act to improve this program and ensure that all families in DC have a safe, stable place to call home.
This proposed provision puts particularly vulnerable families at higher risk. Many groups recommend removing this section entirely.
The root causes of homelessness cannot be solved by narrowing the front door to shelter, or by imposing arbitrary time limits on housing.
Yesterday, DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a joint hearing on Bill B21-0736, “Improving Access to Identity Documents Amendment Act of 2016.” The Bill was introduced by Councilmembers Grosso and Alexander in an effort to tackle one of the many obstacles that low-income DC residents face when trying to obtain necessary government IDs. If enacted, the bill would waive fees associated with obtaining vital records, IDs, and driver’s licenses for DC residents whose income falls under 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.