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What Will Come of D.C.’s Rent Freeze?

Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto circulated legislation to limit the ban on rent increases, after the mayor’s group on the rent crisis couldn’t reach agreement on this issue.

‘Chevy Chase ANC adopts several housing equity resolutions.’ [UrbanTurf]DC Dems are launching a podcast. A. Scott Bolden was the first guest. [Facebook] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) How Four Latina Food Entrepreneurs Found Their Way in D.C. Most restaurants in the city count at least one Latina on their team. They are […] Get out […]

Mayor Bowser’s Rent Crisis Group Debates Eviction Moratorium

The so-called strike force may recommend amending the ban to allow landlords to file evictions against tenants who pose “substantial threats to health and safety.”

Police reform commission nears final report. [Post] New nonprofit will fund research on D.C. statehood. [statehoodresearchdc.org] Statehood isn’t just a local issue anymore. [Post] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Anju’s Danny Lee Vows to Be Relentless in His Fight Against Racism Restaurateur Danny Lee has a message: “Be relentless, do not stop, do not be […]

Replacing Decorative Balconies at This Historic Building Could Displace Low-Income Washingtonians

The latest tension between maintaining affordable housing and preserving historic architecture.

Restrictive zoning, poor management, low-paying jobs, and income inequality all make creating and maintaining affordable housing in D.C. challenging. For a 90-unit apartment building in Mount Pleasant, a historic designation makes keeping housing costs low for its residents—some of whom earn less than $36,400 annually—all the more difficult. The issue? Repairing 25 corroded balconies to […]

The Same Property Management Companies and Building Owners Pressuring Tenants to Pay Rent Are Benefitting From Pandemic Relief Funding

As the pandemic drags on, tenants and housing advocates report hostile confrontations with property managers over unpaid rent.

The first time she remembers protesting in the region, about 10 years ago, Tara Maxwell was outside the Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His wife Virginia, the target of Maxwell’s ire that day, is a prominent right-wing lobbyist and current adviser to President Donald Trump’s administration. “If I can protest at Clarence […]

DHS to End Use of the Days Inn Motel on New York Ave. NE for Emergency Shelter

It marks the end of D.C.’s years-long reliance on motels to house the homeless.

On Aug. 24, D.C. will move the last of its families experiencing homelessness out of New York Ave. NE’s Days Inn, ending a years-long reliance on the property as emergency overflow shelter, a spokesperson for the Department of Human Services confirms to City Paper. As of late July, D.C. also ended its contract with the […]

Anita Bonds Does a 180 on Funding for Public Housing Repairs

The chair of the D.C. Council's housing committee voted against directing funds to the DC Housing Authority.

Shortly after declining to commit to a timeline for reforming local rent control laws by declaring that the public should not expect her to be “cutting my finger and bleeding blood,” At-Large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds voted down an effort to divert $35 million from a planned expansion of the H St. NE streetcar to the […]

Ward 6 Family Homeless Shelter Fails Inspection, Won’t Open Until Late July

D.C. officials initially projected that it would open in 2019.

A newly built family homeless shelter on Delaware Ave. SW, in Ward 6, won’t begin accepting families until “late July” after failing at least one building inspection, a person with direct knowledge of the news tellsCity Paper—despite the fact that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally “open” the facility on Feb. […]

The Coronavirus Pandemic in a D.C. Public Housing Complex

With multiple deaths related to COVID-19 occurring in an 18-unit public housing building, tenants clean and care for their own building.

The Kelly Miller Dwellings in LeDroit Park was the kind of tight-knit community where, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit it, residents would sit outside, play music, and talk for hours. And no wonder: Some tenants of the scattered-site 160-unit public housing complex, located just behind Howard University Hospital, have lived there for 30 years.  So […]

D.C. to Permanently End Placements for Homeless Families at Quality Inn

59 families currently live in the motel on New York Avenue NE.

D.C. will permanently discontinue its contract next month with the Quality Inn, a motel on New York Ave. NE that Department of Human Services officials have used for years as a place to temporarily shelter homeless families. Noah Abraham, a deputy administrator at the Department of Human Services who oversees the agency’s programming for homeless […]

Can Mayor Bowser Follow Through on Her Plan to End Homelessness by 2025?

Five years ago, the mayor announced an ambitious plan to end homelessness, but her first term is spotted with missed deadlines and false starts.

In March 2015, two months after Muriel Bowser was sworn in as D.C.’s seventh mayor, she made an eyebrow-raising promise.  “With the Council’s support of our homeless funding plan, we will deliver on another promise: ending family homelessness by 2018,” she said during her first State of the District address. The announcement came alongside the […]

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