Today at Vox, Matt Yglesias has a post on what he calls "one of my favorite ideas in public policy," under the headline, "It's three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets." He points to a story last week in the Orlando Sentinel on a new study finding that each homeless [...]
Posts Tagged ‘rapid rehousing’
On April 1, the administration of Mayor Vince Gray kicked off an ambitious effort to reverse the rising number of homeless families and place 500 of those families into housing within 100 days. Just over halfway through the program, that goal may be slipping out of reach.
Gray sent a letter today to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson disclosing that [...]
Chioma Nwadigo is not accustomed to public speaking. Until recently, she and her three-year-old autistic son were homeless, until the city helped place them into housing through a program called rapid rehousing. Under the program, the city subsidizes participating families' rents for a period of four months to a year, or sometimes longer, after which [...]
Nkechi Feaster’s story begins like those of so many other victims of the Great Recession. After she was laid off from her job at a law firm in 2007, work became increasingly difficult to come by. Three times over the next four years, she was hired, and three times she was laid off. Then the [...]
Mayor Vince Gray submitted a $10.7 billion budget to the D.C. Council this morning, with increased funding for his priorities in education, health care, and housing, just two days after a primary loss that ensures he won’t be returning for a second term next year.
The budget includes $139 million for new policies in fiscal year 2015, [...]
Family homelessness has spiked in the District this year, and there are two principal causes, as I'll be detailing in this week's cover story, which will be online tomorrow and in print Thursday. The first is that there are too many families requiring shelter, due largely to the lack of affordable housing in the city. [...]
As of Jan. 15, the District was putting up 349 hotel families in motels, in both D.C. and Maryland, because the city's shelter system was maxed out. It's a solution that's preferable to leaving these families to fend for themselves, but it's far from ideal. First, it presents substantial hardships to the families themselves, who [...]
On Sept. 3, Sharde Wright came home to her room at the Days Inn on New York Avenue NE to find a letter on her door. Wright, 28, and her three children—she’s seven months pregnant with her fourth—have been living at the hotel since July. They’re one of 51 homeless families the city is putting [...]