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.
The fellowship is one of the many wonderful benefits of our partnership with Georgetown University Law Center on Home Court. The opportunity to form relationships with students each year as well as share in this important work is hugely important to the Legal Clinic. We – and most importantly, our clients – benefit greatly from their invaluable support.
We ask the DC Council to demonstrate the real political will to end homelessness, to demonstrate that they see ending homelessness as a political priority that deserves more than 1.5% of DC’s ever-increasing largesse.
The Legal Clinic firmly believes that the solution to rampant family homelessness is the preservation and expansion of affordable family housing. However, DC must maintain adequate emergency shelter that is immediately available for those facing acute housing crises.
Yesterday, the DC Council, in its final legislative meeting of this session, passed several bills that will make it easier for low-income residents to obtain and maintain employment and housing. While much of the attention on the Council and in the press was, deservedly, on a game-changing paid family and medical leave act, a bill passed unanimously that could be a game changer for many DC residents seeking housing: the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act for Housing (FCRSAH).