Families with kids with disabilities (but no adult with a disability) won’t qualify for permanent supportive housing anymore, even if they need intensive case management services to stay in housing.
People exiting hospitals, jails, or other institutions after more than 180 days won’t be eligible for shelter or permanent supportive housing anymore.
Rapid re-housing participants could lose help paying the rent for no reason other than they’ve reached a set time limit – even if they will become homeless again right after they leave the program, and even if they’ve received no supportive services.
Over the last few months, DC residents have sent emails and made phone calls to Councilmembers telling them to “vote no” on the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act.
Over 37 organizations and community leaders sent a letter to the councilmembers asking them to “vote no.”
They tweeted; they visited and they called urging the Council to vote “NO.”
On Nov. 7th DC residents came to the Wilson Building to urge their elected representatives to vote against a bill that would only hurt people who are already suffering.
DC residents still have time to email or call their councilmembers. The Council will take the second and final vote on Tuesday, December 5th.
The Council overrode an attempt by councilmembers Silverman and Grosso to divert 36 million dollars of a developer give-away to affordable housing and public transportation at Union Market.
Councilmember Trayon White made a valiant effort to extend the time limits on rapid rehousing. Many on the Council Spoke in favor of support, but in the end, it failed when councilmember Anita Bonds voted “no.”
Minutes after refusing to devote part of a developer subsidy to affordable housing, 11 council members voted for a bill purposed to reduce access to shelter and housing for those most harmed by the District’s failure to preserve and produce affordable housing — people experiencing homelessness in the nation’s capital.