The current manner in which the District is clearing encampments violates the Constitutional rights of encampment residents, which is the basis for a class action lawsuit recently filed against the District over its encampment clearing practices.
Sacred B. Huff studies law at George Washington University School of Law and interned with the Legal Clinic in summer 2017. Following her internship, she wrote this piece reflecting upon challenges faced by youth aging out of the foster care system, with a particular focus on housing instability and homelessness.
As much as this Administration may wish it to be otherwise, this program simply does not make sense for the majority of families experiencing homelessness in DC.
We continue to press for these changes because our clients need, want, and deserve better.
For years, the Legal Clinic has raised concerns about the conditions of homeless shelters in DC, and the pattern of warehousing people experiencing homelessness in old, rundown District buildings. We were right there with families experiencing homelessness at DC Village, as they organized to close down that shuttered nursing home-turned shelter after pleas to District leaders for repairs and better conditions yielded no tangible results....
You can make it clear that the members of the Alabama Ave/13th Street Tenants Coalition are not alone. It’s vital that Mayor Bowser and DC Council hear that their constituents are in solidarity with the tenants in the struggle for housing justice at Congress Heights.