Documents, news stories and blogs on homelessness and affordable housing in the District of Columbia: 2018 – 2019  

News/Blog Archive  – headlines and links to earlier posts.


Note:  The Washington Post continues to report on homelessness and shelter in the District.  The Post can be searched for relevant articles.
DCFPI = DC Fiscal Policy Institute; WLCH = Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; GGW = Greater Greater Washington.

Bowser and Council agree to invest in affordable housing, but not on how.  Martin Austermuhle, WAMU. DCist, May 17, 2019.

What You Need to Know About the FY 2020 DC Budget After First Vote.  DC Fiscal Policy Institute. May 14, 2019.

After the First Budget Vote… Where Are We on Affordable Housing?Washington Legal Clinic for Homeless. May 15, 2019.

DC will set targets for housing, including affordable housing, in all 8 wards by this fall. David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington.  May 13, 2019.

Homelessness drops for third straight year in DC… Peter Jamison, Washington Post. May 1, 2019.

Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000? Peter Jamison, Washington Post.  April 29, 2019.

Housing Stability in DC Requires Investment in Project-Based Rental Assistance.  Doni Crawford, DCFPI. April 26, 2019.

Gentrification in D.C. means widespread displacement, study findsMarissa Lang, Washington Post. April 26, 2019.

DC Council Should Invest in Ending Chronic Homelessness.  Kate Coventry, DCFPI. April 23, 2019.

D.C. housed the homeless in upscale apartments. It hasn’t gone as planned Peter Jamison, Washington Post. April 16, 2019.

DCFPI’s Budget Toolkit: A Detailed Look at What Is— And Isn’t— in the Proposed FY 2020 Budget. DCFPI.  April 8, 2019.

This Public Housing Complex Was Demolished In 2008. Its Promised Replacement Still Isn’t Completed. Jenny Gathright, DCist (from WAMU broadcast). April 8, 2019.

Are Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification? Tanner Howard, City Lab.  March 29, 2019.

Revenue revealed: Its Time to Amend DC’s Tax Expenditure Program.  Amy Lieber, DCFPI. March 29, 2019.

Homeless, living in a tent blocks US Capitol – working full time.  Terrence McCoy, Washington Post.  March 22, 2019.

Mayor Bowser and Affordable Housing: Do the Dollars Soar as High as the Rhetoric?    WLCH, March 22, 2019.

The top 5 things you should know about the Mayor’s FY2020 Budget.  DCFPI Blog, March 22, 2019.

As DC weighs how to fix its public housing, families keep getting sicker.  Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper. March 20, 2019.

Making Workforce Housing Work.  Understanding the Housing Needs of D.C.’s Changing Workforce.  Cheryl Cort and Patrick McAnaney, Coalition for Smarter Growth. March 19, 2019

DC has the highest ‘intensity’ of gentrification  of any US city.  Katherine Shaver, Washington Post.  March 19, 2019.

Affordable Home Crisis Continues but Bold New Plans May Help.  Diane Yentel, City Labs. March 14, 2019.

DC needs to double down on the Housing Production Trust Fund.  Doni Crawford, DCFPI.  March 11, 2019.

DC plans to exit from motels it uses as homeless shelters.  Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper.  March 6, 2029.

New bill would penalize DC landlords who discriminate against housing voucher holders.  Natalie Delgadillo, DCist. March 5, 2019.

Onsite services for residents in multi-unit buildings.  Press release, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau.  March 5, 2019.

DC unveils long-hoped-for downtown day center for homeless.  Andrew Gambrone, Curbed. February 25, 2019.

“We need to start calling these folks out by name”  Greg Kaufmann, The Nation. February 24, 2019.

Rent voucher system is criticized in Northwest.  Peter Jamison and Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post. February 23, 2019.

Appeal filed on 600 unit Waterfront Station Development in SW DC.  Nina Perry-Brown, Urban Turf. February 20, 2019.

We Need a Budget that Invests in the Building Blocks for a Thriving DC. DC Fiscal Policy Institute.  January 31, 2019.

Homeless Advocates Memorialize the Dead – and rally for those who remain in need of housing.  Katherine Saltzman, The DC Line. January 29, 2019.

With 84% of DC’s public housing stock in serious disrepair, we are at a crossroads.  WLCH. January 25, 2019.

Here’s what you need to know about DC’s FY2020 budget season. DCFPI. January 23, 2019

How could your DC neighborhood fit 121 more homes? Jonah Goodman, Greater Greater Washington. January 17, 2019.

See how landlords pack Section 8 Renters into poorer neighborhoods.  Kriston Capps, City Labs, January 9, 2019.

It shouldn’t be hard to recover from homelessness. Reginald Black, Street Sense. January 9, 2019.

‘We Have To Think Bigger About It: Bowser Says D.C. Must Ramp Up Housing Construction. Martin Austermuhle, WAMU.  January 7, 2019.

DC pledged to end homelessness by 2020, yet 54 people died without a home this year. Eve Zhurbinskiy, Greater Greater Washington. January 2, 2019.

Residents in D.C. hotel for homeless report mold.Julia Airey, Washington Times. Dec 26, 2018.

Nearly One-Third of the City’s Public Housing Stock Is at Risk of Becoming Uninhabitable. Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper.  December 20, 2018.

Maintenance Issues Persist in the Ward 4’s Brand New Homeless Shelter.  Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper. December 20, 2018.

How rising rents contribute to homelessness.  Gaby DelValle, Vox.  December 14, 2018

Online Sales Tax: what happened? Ed Lazere.  DCFPI, December 14, 2018.

We Need Fair Budget Coalition’s Work Now More Than Ever WLCH. December 6, 2018.

D.C. to invest money from online retail taxes in tax breaks and the arts, not affordable housing.  Andrew Giambrone, Curbed DC.  December 5, 2018.

In Battle Over The Funds From Online Sales Taxes, Cutting Commercial Property Taxes Wins Out Over Homeless Services.  Rachel Sadon, DCist. December 4, 2018.

Mayor Bowser Has a Critical Campaign Promise Left to Keep. WLCH, Nov. 30, 2018.

D.C. Attorney General Sues Landlord For Refusing Renters With Housing Vouchers. Natalie Delgadillo, DCist. November 30, 2018.

DC Could Begin Using DOPA As Early As February. Nina Perry-Brown, Urban Turf. November 29, 2018.

The Case for Nonprofit Housing Developers. John Vogel, Washington Monthly. Nov. 21,2018.

New Online Sales Tax Revenue Should Go to Helping DC Residents.  Fact Sheets, DCFPI. November 13, 2018.

DC Council wants to find ways to deal with conflicts of race and religion. Mitch Ryals. Washington City Paper, October 25, 2018.

We need 100,000+ new homes in the coming decades to meet our regional shortage. Stephen Hudson, Greater Greater Washington. October 24, 2018.

Homeless advocates: D.C.’s winter shelter plan falls short for families, couplesJulia Airey, Washington Times.  October 23, 2018.

Legislation intended to end sharp rent increases...  Jon Steingart,Greater Greater Washington. October 8, 2018.

DC’s growing prosperity is not reaching black residents Census data shows.  Ed Lazere, DCFPI.  September 26, 2018.

First Homeless Shelter to Replace DC General Opens in Ward 4.  Martin Austermuhle for WAMU, DCist.  September 26, 2018.

In the Midst of an Affordable Housing Crisis, DC Must Reduce the Trauma of EvictionAmber Harding, WLCH. September 24, 2018.

DCRA Should Improve Its Enforcement of Housing Code Violations, DC Auditor Says.  Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper.  September 24, 2018.

DC opens up an affordable housing complex with apartments for grandfamilies. Natalie DelGadillo, DCist, September 14, 2018.

Household income in District rise dramatically in 2017. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, September 13, 2918

Where is affordable housing being developed in DC?  Interactive map.  Claire Zippel. DCFPI, September 11, 2018.

Press Release – Short term family housing in wards 4, 7 and 8.. Executive Office of Mayor, September 7, 2018.

Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget.
  DCFPI. January 23, 2019.
Building the Foundation: A Blueprint for Creating Affordable Housing for DC’s Lowest-Income Residents. Claine Zippel, DCFPI. April 4, 2018.
Set up to Fail:  Rapid Rehousing in the District of Columbia
.  WLCH, May 2017.
Point in Time Count 2018. The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness. May 2018.
A Broken Foundation: Affordable Housing Crisis Threatens DC’s Lowest Income Residents. Claire Zippel, DCFPI, December 8, 2016.
A Broken DC Housing Preservation Task Force. Final Report.  November 9, 2016.
A City Breaking Apart;  the Incomes of DC’s Poorest Residents Are Falling, While Economic Growth is Benefiting Better-Off Residents.  Peter Tuths, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, February 25, 2016.
Homeward DC, DC Interagency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan 20152020.  : September 2015 Highlights

News/Blog Archive  – headlines and links to earlier posts.