Join Tenant Advocates in Opposing Emergency Legislation to “Reform” DC Housing Authority Board

Posted on Dec 19, 2022 in Action Alert, DC Policies and Plans, Housing, Law, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, the Legal Clinic joins our legal services and tenant advocacy colleagues in urging the D.C. Council to vote no on the District of Columbia Housing Authority Stabilization and Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2022. See below for the letter we sent to the Council today. Take action to urge your elected representatives to pursue real reform instead of this bill, which is harmful at worst, performative at best. Send an email with Empower...

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Statement on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Scathing DC Housing Authority Audit

Posted on Oct 18, 2022 in Action Alert, Clients, DC Policies and Plans, Featured, Homelessness, Housing | 0 comments

The recent report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) that lays out eighty-two ways in which the DC Housing Authority (“DCHA”) is failing residents, tenants, and voucher holders confirms what housing advocates and residents have long known.

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Real Rapid Re-Housing Reform Is Finally Within DC’s Reach!

Posted on Sep 29, 2022 in Clients, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Law, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

We have long advocated for substantial reform for the rapid re-housing program in DC. The urgency of that advocacy intensified last winter, when the Department of Human Services announced it intended to start terminating almost 1000 families for reaching a time limit in rapid re-housing, even though the agency knew that nearly all of those families would be thrown into crisis as a result. In the spring of 2022, 66 organizations and experts and...

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Despite Strong Community Opposition, DC Elected Officials Segregate and Exclude Immigrants from Homeless Services

Posted on Sep 27, 2022 in DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Law, Poverty, Shelter | 0 comments

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the DC Council passed The Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022 without making any of the significant changes that we advocated for. Councilmember Pinto tried to amend the bill to remove many of the harmful provisions and to add in legal and safety protections for migrants. Councilmember Nadeau and Mayor Bowser strongly opposed the amendment, and managed to convince their colleagues to follow their...

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