DC government halts family exits from beleaguered Rapid Rehousing subsidy program until Sept. 30
Evy Wilkins was thrilled to move into her apartment. As a low-income D.C. resident, she qualified for a rent subsidy through the District’s Rapid Rehousing (RRH) program. But Wilkins’ joy quickly turned into a nightmare.
DC Courts receive $10 million grant to prevent evictions
A new initiative to strengthen local courts and provide legal assistance to people experiencing housing instability across the District was unveiled by the D.C. courts, the National Center for State Courts and the Wells Fargo Foundation on June 1.
People living in Columbus Circle react to Park Service plans to close their encampment
National Park Services will work in collaboration with D.C. Health and Human Services to shut down two encampments on federal property, ending a pandemic policy that prevented federal authorities from removing encampments on federal land.
DC evicts more than 30 homeless residents from park at New Jersey and O NW, surrounds the site in fences
The second encampment closure occurred on Dec. 2 at the New Jersey and O Street park. Thirteen people obtained leases, while 15 others are engaged with outreach services. However, people fluctuate in and out of the park, some are given little time to connect with services.
DC Council chair and mayor point fingers as nearly 300 households face eviction during the pandemic
As D.C.’s eviction moratorium begins to unwind, a battle is brewing between D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration over who will take the blame when residents begin to lose their homes.
DHS causes panic among families with letter contradicting recently announced changes to rapid rehousing
The Department of Human Services (DHS) sent notices informing about 20 families living in rapid rehousing (RRH) that the agency will terminate their rental subsidies starting Oct. 31, contradicting an earlier announcement made by the agency’s director. Earlier this month, DHS director Laura Zeilinger announced six-month extensions for all families participating in RRH.
‘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.
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