Clearing encampments addresses a visible symptom of the District’s homelessness crisis, not the crisis itself.

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Clients, Criminalization, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Hypothermia, Justice, Law, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

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.

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“Abandoned All Over Again”: A Discussion on Aging Out of Foster Care & Homelessness

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Homelessness, Housing, Interns, Justice, Law, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

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.

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Families, not Developers, Must be Primary Drivers of DC General Timeline

Posted on Feb 28, 2018 in Action Alert, Advocates, Clients, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, Law, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

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....

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