In the midst of DC’s affordable housing crisis, the majority of the DC Council chose to limit access to emergency shelter.
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.
Amendments to the HSRA should be evaluated through the lens of our values as a progressive city. Stay tuned for spotlights on different parts of the legislation, stories from affected community members and ways to get involved in this advocacy.
It is our job as a community to demand a just, humane response to homelessness in DC, and you play a critical role in making that happen.
Housing matters more than almost anything else. Housing is health care. Public safety. Food. Education. Justice.
Given that poverty and a lack of affordable housing are the driving forces behind skyrocketing family homelessness in the District, policy makers must focus on preserving and building deeply affordable family housing and tenant vouchers rather than continue to champion short-term programs that offer less effective, shorter term solutions.