We are so very grateful for your readership, your advocacy engagement, and your support of the Legal Clinic. Happy #GivingTuesday!
At this time of giving thanks, there is so much for which we are grateful. But we recognize that our bounty is not linked to the calendar, to be appreciated only in late November. Neither are the needs of those community members experiencing homelessness limited solely to the holidays, when we are more attuned to those who have no bounty. We thus commit to counting our many blessings throughout the year, and to do all that we can, whenever is necessary, to respond to our neighbors in need.
We are asking the Housing Committee to make critical changes before marking up the bill, and to commit to a longer process to figure out the best way to store people’s belongings after an eviction if they can’t gather them within the required window.
DC now has an opportunity to thoughtfully meet the real needs of small or nonprofit landlords while not subsidizing the business of eviction for larger, high profit landlords.
The exterior demolition of Building 9 has briefly stopped after unsafe levels of lead were found in the ground just outside the building, but the Bowser Administration has not yet agreed to stop the demolition until the families are all gone.
We’ve dropped off the first round of signatures (550 individuals, 30 orgs!) to the office of the Mayor. We’re collecting signatures through Monday, so please still sign on and spread the word!