Category Archives: DC Policies and Plans

Winter Plan Roundtable: Rough Season Ahead for Families and Youth

Today, Councilmember Jim Graham, Chair of the Committee on Human Services, is holding a public oversight roundtable on “The Winter Plan: Protecting the Lives of Homeless People in the Winter of 2013-2014.” You can tune in to the roundtable here.  … Continue reading

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DC Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own. When made aware of this … Continue reading

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TANF Increase Is Long Overdue

The DC Council Committee on Human Services is holding a hearing today on Bill 20-414, the “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cost-of-Living Adjustment Amendment Act of 2013.” Legal Clinic staff attorney Becky O’Brien submitted the following testimony to the Committee. I … Continue reading

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DC Needs a Housing Reality Check

This week, the Housing Complex exposed the troubles DC is having placing homeless families through its Rapid Rehousing program. The director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) is quoted in the article, opining that the biggest obstacle for placing … Continue reading

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Poverty Wages Hurt More Than Just Workers’ Wallets

Tomorrow, the DC Council has the opportunity to override the Mayor’s veto on Bill 2-062, the “Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013” (LRAA). On Friday, we blogged about the high cost of living in the District and how without a … Continue reading

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