What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Housing not a commodity

The Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 is currently under DC Council review. After mulling over the latest amendments they will vote on it again December 5, 2017. Before that happens, we’d like Grassroots DC readers to have some basic information about this bill so we’ve cross-posted the following from the Fair Budget Coalition, which describes what happened during the debate of proposed changes to the bill on November 7, 2017. . . . → Read More: What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Will the District’s Budget Recognize the Struggles of Low-Income Residents?

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A recent report released from the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers suggests that the two — seemingly intractable poverty and the struggle for safe, affordable housing — are inextricably linked here in the District. Housing instability and the fear of homelessness are the greatest worries of our most vulnerable neighbors. . . . → Read More: Will the District’s Budget Recognize the Struggles of Low-Income Residents?

Rallying for Housing for D.C.’s Homeless

Cross-Post from WTOP about the CNHED’s Rally to Fulfill the Promise. Will $100 million that Mayor Bowser has slated for affordable housing make a difference? . . . → Read More: Rallying for Housing for D.C.’s Homeless

DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”

Kids Need Privacy Too

Cross-Posted from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Written by Patricia Mullahy Fugere Last week, the DC Council voted 9-4 against requiring that the new DC General replacement shelters have private bathrooms. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced an amendment requiring private bathrooms for every unit, and Councilmembers McDuffie, Silverman, and Orange supported it. Councilmembers Mendelson, Grosso, Bonds, […] . . . → Read More: DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”

The True Cost of Gentrification

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cross-posted from the Washington Peace Letter written by Will Merrifield The exploding housing costs that have accompanied the influx of new residents into DC have brought mass displacement of life-long residents and a subsequent spike in family homelessness. Currently, in the District, a person making minimum wage must work approximately 132 hours per week, 52 weeks […] . . . → Read More: The True Cost of Gentrification