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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The Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022: A Poisoned Apple

Posted on Sep 15, 2022 in Action Alert, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Justice, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

Immigrants of all countries of origins, languages, and incomes should be welcomed and supported as new residents. We reject any assertion that immigrants are in competition with long-time DC residents for resources, as DC has sufficient resources to meet the needs of all who come here. Similarly, we reject the scarcity mindset that leads to pitting these populations against each other.

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Over 50 Organizations and Experts Demand That the DC Council Reform Rapid Re-housing

Posted on Apr 7, 2022 in Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Law, Poverty, Uncategorized, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

The following letter was submitted to the DC Council on behalf of 69 organizations and experts. Don’t forget to send an email and sign up for a call-in day echoing these asks to your elected leaders! DC Council members, We, the undersigned organizations, join together to ask you to stop Mayor Bowser from terminating DC residents from the rapid re-housing program for hitting an arbitrary time limit. This year, as many as 913 families are...

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Legal Clinic Priorities for Funding and Reform in 2022

Posted on Mar 17, 2022 in Advocates, Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, Law, People, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

Despite living in a well-resourced District of Columbia, DC residents are facing homelessness, housing instability, and crisis-level lack of affordable housing every day, so there is much work to be done to address these issues in DC in order to further housing justice. The budget process is an opportunity to do just that.

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