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.
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.
Families in rapid rehousing will be given a minimum 6 months’ notice before they will be asked to leave
When the public health emergency came to an end last month, families who stayed in rapid rehousing beyond the limit began to ask the question, “What happens next?” Now, the DHS has announced that all families in its rapid rehousing program will be given a minimum of six months’ notice before being told to move.
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.
Bowser’s office announces Homeward D.C. 2.0 with revamped goals toward ending homelessness
Following the mayor’s 2015 strategy to “make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring,” Homeward D.C. 2.0 expands on permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing proposals to focus on individual, unaccompanied homelessness.
The at-large candidates who want to change or enhance DC’s rapid rehousing program
Candidates for the D.C. Council’s At-large seats have made reform or improvement of the District’s rapid rehousing program, which has often been the target of attack from housing advocates, part of their campaign platforms.
Of DC’s 24 at-large candidates, who has a specific plan to address homelessness?
A Street Sense Media analysis determined that only six of the 24 at-large DC Council candidates on the ballot advertised specific plans with measurable goals to address homelessness in their online platforms. We sent them five questions about local poverty.
Advocates highlight major gaps in proposed budget for affordable housing and reducing homelessness
The Way Home campaign and the Fair Budget Coalition are calling on the D.C. Council to allocate an additional $66 million to build more permanent supportive housing and fund critical homelessness prevention programs.
The city’s next 5-year-plan to end homelessness provides more questions than answers
Last week the ICH presented a draft of Homeward D.C. 2.0 in an effort to revitalize the goals of their initial plan, Homeward D.C., and fix shortcomings discovered during its implementation over the past four years. During the meeting, multiple D.C. residents, many of whom were formerly homeless, expressed their concerns with the city’s ability to fulfill the plan’s ambitious goals. Along with the general vagueness of the document itself, residents took issue with the lack of transparency regarding policy meetings and the little progress being made for universally affordable housing.
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