Since we sent out our letter to the Mayor on April 24, 115 more people have tested positive and 3 more people have died, bringing the total numbers to 260 who have tested positive and 12 who have died. There is still no universal testing.
On April 7, DC Council voted on supplemental emergency legislation on the COVID-19 public health emergency. We’ve updated this post to include information on what was passed in that legislation.
On January 16th, the District government forced more than 30 of our most vulnerable neighbors out of their homes to create a “pedestrian passageway” during the coldest month of the year, despite the fact that winter weather was forecast for the following days.
We long for the day when no lives will be lost to homelessness. In the meantime, the greatest honor that we can pay to those who died this past year is to re-commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that every District resident has a place to call home.
As People Power Action heads into its fourth year, its members will continue to provide invaluable knowledge for District residents through their trainings, and continue to build a welcoming community for people who want to push for transformation of systemic injustices.
More than a year and a half after the law that governs shelter and housing changed, the Bowser Administration has released regulations interpreting the new sections.