After the first vote, what’s in the budget for housing and homelessness?

Posted on Jul 29, 2021 in Advocates, DC Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

On July 20, the DC Council took its first vote on DC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, and we are looking ahead to the final vote on August 3. With the end of the FY22 budget season on the horizon, here is how our housing and homelessness priorities have fared in the budget process thus far.

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Council Must Prevent More Evictions and Protect Tenant Rights

Posted on Jul 12, 2021 in DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, Law, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

Tomorrow, the DC Council will vote on an emergency bill that will begin phasing in evictions again in DC. Since March of 2020, an eviction moratorium has been in place that is tied to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Mayor Bowser has told the DC Council that she does not intend to extend the Public Health Emergency past July 25. The bill before the Council has some good parts, and some parts that could stand to be improved.

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Our First Look: Did the Mayor Fund Our Housing and Homelessness Priorities?

Posted on Jun 9, 2021 in Budget Cuts, DC Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, People, Poverty, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

Welcome to our first assessment of the proposed FY22 budget! We will try to explain how much money Mayor Bowser has committed to meet our demands for ending and preventing homelessness and creating deeply affordable housing. It is up to the Council now to shift this budget into one that does more to shake up the status quo, and more to provide housing justice to District residents.

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Envisioning a Path Forward: Budget and Legislative Priorities

Posted on May 11, 2021 in DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Homelessness, Housing, Justice, Law, People, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

In 2021, there are reasons for hope. It is time to envision and pursue a path forward. We reject setting our goal posts at “back to normal” because too many people were suffering prior to the pandemic, and we know that the death toll and harm of the pandemic could have been lessened if a well-threaded safety net had been in place.

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DC’s Approach to Homelessness: Lessons from 2020

Posted on Mar 19, 2021 in Action Alert, Advocates, DC Policies and Plans, Featured, Homelessness, Justice, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

With a significant infusion of federal dollars, a new understanding of the importance of housing as healthcare, and a commitment by DC Department of Human Services to undergo an analysis of the racial equity impact of its programs, now is the time to take these lessons to heart and make substantial changes to the status quo.

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