We need your help. Will you join us in telling the DC Council “NO” to harmful changes to the Homeless Services Reform Act (HSRA)?
A series of proposed amendments to the HSRA is before the DC Council Committee on Human Services. These amendments would narrow the door to shelter access, impose arbitrary time limits to housing programs operated through the DC Department of Human Services, and pose deeply concerning threats to due process rights for those in the shelter system. You can read the Legal Clinic’s summary of the proposed changes here.
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. It affords legal protection to our clients as they interact with the homeless services system. Systemic advocacy is required to ensure that the HSRA continues to provide the protections that it should for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
The Legal Clinic’s Patty Mullahy Fugere, Amber Harding, and Max Tipping joined a number of organizations and individuals who testified in opposition to these amendments at the DC Council public hearing on June 14. The Committee on Human Services is still looking for community input.
You have the opportunity to make your voice heard by:
- Submitting written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Nyasha Smith; Secretary to the Council, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 5, Washington, DC 20004 – the record closes on Wednesday, June 28. (The testimony can be as brief or as long as you would like—feel free to contact us if you need help!)
- Contacting members of the DC Council Committee on Human Services to let them know that, in the face of a homelessness and housing affordability crisis, DC should NOT place further burdens on those attempting to access, or exercise rights within, shelter.
Thank you for your continued advocacy and support as we work toward a just and inclusive community!