Mayor Bowser announced that the District will accept shelter applications from families with no safe place to live any day of the year. Previously applications were only accepted in hypothermia season when the temperature was below freezing. Almost 300 families have been given shelter in motel rooms since June. Read more about proposed changes to shelter regulations.
Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit
On July 21, 2015 the DC Superior Court issued a permanent injunction that requires DC to place all eligible homeless families in apartment-style shelter when the temperature falls below freezing. Before the injunction became permanent Mayor Bowser and the current homeless services team moved forward with plans to comply and to provide safe and appropriate shelter. The goal is that families would be in shelter for no more than 60 days. Read more about the outcome of this class action suit that resulted in a humane approach to ending family homelessness.
Strengthening Inclusionary Zoning
Inclusionary Zoning creates low-cost units in market-rate apartment and condo developments throughout the city. Due the programs current design fewer than 1 in 5 IZ units have gone to residents with incomes below 50 percent of the median for the metropolitan area, or $49,150 for a family of three. The rest are affordable to households at 80 percent of area median income. or $62,100 for a family of three. Read more about what can be done to strengthen the program this fall.
IN THE NEWS
Homeward DC, 2015-2020. Interagency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan, 2015-2020. Read Executive Summary.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments published the results of the 2015 Point in Time survey of regional homelessness. Read summary.
Biblical Roots of Justice – Foundation of the Journey for Justice: an interfaith conversation on homelessness and the Journey for Justice for our neighbors who are without homes (10 minutes)