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Candidates Like Robert White Want To Change How D.C. Develops Public Land. Could It Make a Difference to the Housing Crisis?

“If you look at any of the development projects on public lands, there is no difference between what they’re doing today and what we were doing 15 years ago,” White says.

D.C. could soon replace the distinctly retro Reeves Center in the U Street corridor with hundreds of gleaming apartments, new office space, maybe even a hotel and a public plaza—but is that really enough? The city is weighing two pitches from developers vying to remake the old government building, and no matter which one wins,…

The L’Enfant Trust Is Nearing the End of a Controversial Anacostia Rehab Project. What Can D.C. Learn?

It took years of bureaucratic battles, fundraising, and construction, but the nonprofit has finally sold off two homes.

Nearly five years ago, four dilapidated, abandoned homes in Anacostia were stuck in a tug-of-war between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council. But these days, the city-owned properties are housing families again for the first time in decades. It took years of bureaucratic battles, fundraising, and construction, but the nonprofit the L’Enfant Trust has…

D.C. Council Scrutinizes Encampment Clearing Strategy

Too little, too late, not safe. 

Echoes of a notorious “clearing” incident resounded in testimony from councilmembers and housing advocates at a public roundtable yesterday. Most notably, witnesses recalled the screams of an unhoused man accidentally picked up by a Bobcat front-end loader at a NoMa encampment last month. At the time, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Wayne Turnage…

Douglass Community Land Trust Wants to Lead the Way in SW

South Capitol Street creates a stark divide before you hit the Anacostia River. Navy Yard is on the east side, with towering apartments and condos, some of which rent studios for $2,000 a month. These high rises loom over the modest homes and apartments on the west side of Capitol Street. The area is a…

The Story Behind an Illegal Dumping Attempt to Keep Out Unhoused Residents Outside Ward 2 Safeway

Some Ward 2 residents expressed dismay over what they saw as an oppressive play to keep unhoused people from moving back after the scheduled “engagement.”

Last Tuesday wooden planters appeared in front of the Safeway at Corcoran and 17th streets NW, just after a temporary homeless encampment eviction had taken place. Some Ward 2 residents expressed dismay over what they saw as an oppressive play to keep unhoused people from moving back after the scheduled “engagement.” An “engagement” is when…

Advocates Call for Increased Homelessness Prevention Funding at Vigil

Housing advocates call councilmembers and residents to action ahead of Tuesday’s Council budget vote

Yesterday, residents, officials, and homelessness advocates attended a memorial for 43 local people who have died in 2021 without housing. The vigil at Foundry United Methodist Church came before the D.C. Council budget vote this Tuesday, when lawmakers will make decisions about how much to invest in rent assistance, homelessness protections, and support for groups…

Landlords Receive Federal Funds for Rental Assistance, Even When Tenants Live In Poor Conditions

Tenants at three D.C. properties have spent the past year fighting for rent relief and better housing conditions. While they’ve had some success, their fight isn’t over.

Hemos publicado nuestra historia principal para julio en inglés y español. Para leerla en español, haz clic aquí. The translation was provided by Multicultural Community Service. On a muggy day in June, the bathroom ceiling inside Eduardo Reyes’ unit is covered in cardboard he put there himself. Reyes, who has lived at Meridian Heights Apartments…

Los propietarios pueden recibir fondos federales para ayudas al alquiler, aunque los inquilinos vivan en instalaciones no habitables

Inquilinos de tres inmuebles en D.C. han luchado todo el año pasado por la reducción de alquileres y mejores condiciones de vivienda. Aunque han logrado algunos éxitos, sus luchas aún no terminan.

We have published our July cover story in both English and Spanish. To read this story in English, click here. La traducción al español fue proporcionada por MCS. En un día húmedo de junio, el techo del baño de la unidad de Eduardo Reyes está cubierto con cartones que él mismo puso allí. Reyes, que…

D.C. Council Unanimously Passes a Phased Ending to Tenant Protections

The D.C. Council unanimously voted to phase out tenant protections including bans on evictions, utility shut offs, and rent freezes.

As the public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to phase out tenant protections including bans on evictions, utility shut offs, and rent freezes.  D.C. lawmakers had been fiercely debating how to end tenant protections, and ultimately landed on a phased approach. One of the strongest…

D.C. Council Weighs Revising D.C.’s Eviction Ban

D.C. Council to vote on a phased approach to the end of the eviction ban on Tuesday.

With the understanding that Mayor Muriel Bowser won’t extend the public health emergency to which dozens of protections are tethered, the Council will consider revising the eviction ban. Under emergency legislation that the Council is considering on Tuesday, landlords could file for eviction in D.C. Superior Court over unpaid rent as early as mid-October so…

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