DC’s PEP-V hotels planned to extend through hypothermia season
The PEP-V program was created as an alternative to shelters for people at high risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19. Some residents who rely on it do not believe the program is running sufficiently. Still, many are improving their lives, getting matched to housing, and focusing on getting themselves off the streets. Due to President Biden’s extension on FEMA, the program will continue operating through hypothermia season.
DC programs connect job seekers and employers during national hiring struggles
Employers nationwide in service and low-skilled industries have struggled to find willing workers for many reasons, including remaining fear of COVID-19. Job seekers have struggled to keep up with skill requirements and balance family care needs. Local D.C. programs are working hard to bridge the gap between the two by placing applicants into reliable jobs.
‘Crystal Clear’: STAY DC rental assistance offers residents a limited-time opportunity for a financial fresh start
Street Sense Deputy Editor Gordon Chaffin shares his experience with the STAY DC emergency rent assistance program. He argues that D.C.’s program is failing by standing up too many hurdles for applicants to jump and shares quotes from local government officials who don’t seem to be following federal guidance for quick tenant help. Gordon asks everyone in D.C. struggling to pay back rent and utilities to apply at stay.dc.gov.
Despite including additional money for housing vouchers, today’s FY22 budget vote may leave 500 rapid rehousing recipients facing termination
During the pandemic, families living in rapid rehousing have not been required to move out once their time in the program ends. Now, with the publicly declared health exemption coming to an end, many program participants are growing concerned about finding a new place to live. Here’s how the D.C. Council’s latest budget might help them.
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