This proposed provision puts particularly vulnerable families at higher risk. Many groups recommend removing this section entirely.
Mayor Bowser’s Proposed Changes to Homeless Services Law: Reducing Bathrooms in DC General Replacements
Bathrooms are a focal point in the debate around design of emergency family shelters that are to ultimately replace DC General.
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.
The HSRA is a crucial tool in our mission to use the law to break down barriers to justice facing our neighbors experiencing homelessness in DC.
The root causes of homelessness cannot be solved by narrowing the front door to shelter, or by imposing arbitrary time limits on housing.
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.