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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Significant Progress on the Plan to Close DC General

Posted on May 24, 2016 in Advocates, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Hypothermia, Justice, Law, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

Last Tuesday, the DC Council made changes to the Mayor’s proposed legislation to close the DC General family shelter and voted unanimously in favor of the bill. (It requires two votes to become law). We strongly support the changes to the bill and urge the Mayor and Council to work out any remaining kinks and expeditiously finalize and pass this important legislation. The new version of the bill maintains the overall approach proposed by Mayor...

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No Guarantee of Shelter for Homeless Youth in Winter Plan

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 in Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Hypothermia, Law, Shelter | 0 comments

Last Wednesday, November 13, the Interagency Council on Homelessness convened a special meeting to discuss and vote on the addendum to the District’s Winter Plan that would guide how homeless youth should be served this winter. The Legal Clinic, along with many others in the community, had expressed concern that the prior draft did not adequately plan to meet the need of unaccompanied youth, and that no District agency was embracing...

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Major Concerns With Winter Plan for Shelter

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Clients, DC Policies and Plans, Housing, Hypothermia, Law, Shelter | 0 comments

The following is testimony delivered by Scott McNeilly at today’s Winter Plan Roundtable. In addition to being a Legal Clinic staff attorney, Scott is also a member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and a member of the ICH’s Operations and Logistics Committee and Capacity Subcommittee, both of which were involved in developing the Winter Plan.   Our Winter Plan process has continued to evolve and this year’s Plan contains some...

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