“There is no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
Your voice can help break the silence.
Your voice can help break the silence.
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.read more
Join us on March 22nd for Home Court 30, pitting the Hill’s Angels from Capitol Hill against Georgetown Law’s Hoya Lawyas, to benefit the Legal Clinic’s work to forge a more just and inclusive DC.read more
The Bowser Administration has proposed amendments to the Homeless Services Reform Act that would impose upon homeless families in DC stricter standards for proving their residency and eligibility for live-saving shelter. We are concerned that the proposal will impose barriers that could prevent DC’s most vulnerable families from accessing desperately needed shelter. Set out below is a letter to the DC Council from the Legal Clinic and a number of our colleagues in the provider and advocacy community, urging the Council to provide an adequate opportunity for community input about what the impact of these changes will be. We hope you’ll join us in calling on the Council not to move the legislation forward on an emergency basis.read more
“Take a deep breath.”
How many times have we heard, or made, that suggestion? Doctors say it when they are checking our wellness. Nature lovers say it when they want us to appreciate the fresh air of the great outdoors. We say it to ourselves when facing a particularly challenging situation, or couple it with “and count to ten” when we need to keep our tempers in check.
For asthma sufferers, taking a deep breath is no simple task. While so many of us take breathing deeply for granted, those who endure asthma cannot. Each deep breath is a precious commodity, nurtured by maintaining an environment that keeps asthma triggers in check. Unfortunately, homeless asthma sufferers don’t have much control over their environments. They have to go where the shelters are, or they get no shelter at all.read more
Homeless Persons Memorial Day will be observed in DC from Thursday, December 17th at 5pm through Friday, December 18th.read more
As of 5pm on Friday afternoon, all but one tent has been cleared from the field area of the Foggy Bottom encampment. Three garbage trucks just left the area, filled with people’s belongings that were designated as trash.read more
It is a rainy morning in November, a cold front is moving in, and we will probably have our first below freezing night in the next few days. In Foggy Bottom, Mayor Bowser has instructed the police, public works and her human services agencies to displace dozens of homeless people who have clustered together tents to form a small community. This is just the first encampment—she has resolved to shut down every encampment in DC. She has not committed to making sure each of its residents has somewhere safe to go before their homes and communities are lost.read more
We’ve shared our thoughts on the Mayor’s proposal (B21-352) to lower the standard for DC General replacement units from apartment style to private rooms, emphasizing that the law must provide families an assurance of private bathrooms, food storage, and access to cooking equipment. Yesterday, we shared the input of 53 homeless families on what, based on their lived experiences, is critical for parents and children living in shelter—the majority of these families said private bathrooms and the ability to store and cook food were necessary even for stays as short as under three months. Even the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH), at the behest of the Mayor, released a report concluding that the Mayor should “maximize private bathroom space however possible without delaying closing of DC General” and also provide food storage and some ability to cook.
If we all agree that the best policy is to provide these features in shelter, why are we still debating the Mayor’s bill?read more
People who stay on the street can be particularly vulnerable to heat injuries. If you see someone showing symptoms of serious heat-related illness, call 911. Call 1-800-535-7252 or 311 for a list of cooling centers.read more
Our board members issued a challenge: they will match every dollar up to $15,000 that you give on June 4! Please visit our United Way Do More 24 donation page on June 4 and make your contribution Do More.read more