WAMU: What’s Happening With Mayor Bowser’s Plan To Close The D.C. General Homeless Shelter?

At Children's Law Center, we support closing DC General, but only if it improves the conditions that families live in and if there's enough shelter for all children and families who need it. Kathy Zeisel chats with WAMU's Martin Austermuhle about the situation.

Homeless advocates across the city were the first to demand that D.C. General be closed, but they are now in the strange place of advocating that Bowser not rush to close it in 2018.

DCist: D.C. Council Considers A Crackdown On Slumlords

CLC attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about three separate housing bills. WAMU's Martin Austermuhle and DCist's Natalie Delgadillo wrote about the proceedings:

Advocates at D.C. organizations that often represent tenants, including the Children’s Law Center and Legal Counsel for the Elderly, say that the D.C. agency tasked with addressing housing violations—the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs—does not do an adequate job of protecting tenants.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Tenants in Brightwood Park Strike To Protest Poor Building Conditions

CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel recently sat down with The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss housing conditions and law in DC.

A group of tenants in a Brightwood Park apartment building have been withholding rent for three months to force the landlord to address what they describe as deplorable living conditions–including water damage, vermin, and mold. While rent strikes are usually a last resort for tenants, the tactic may gain traction as an effective tool for renters. We explore the rights of tenants–and landlords–in disputes over building maintenance.

Washington Times: D.C.’s school budget not enough, say advocacy groups

CLC Policy Director Sharra Greer weighs in on the new DC Council budget, Student Fair Access to School legislation, 2014 Special Education Reforms and more.

The council also included $450,000 for schools to stop suspending or expelling students for nonviolent offenses and instead use “restorative justice” practices such as conflict mediation.

Drip. Drip. Drip. CRASH.

The sound you just heard was Deborah Stinson’s ceiling collapsing.

For more than six months, Ms. Stinson and her 9-year-old twins’ only option was to live in an apartment with rats, mice, cockroaches, holes in the walls and extreme water damage—damage so severe that Ms. Stinson’s home was falling apart around her, endangering her family.

When we first met Markia she was four years old.

2016 Annual Report

Transforming the Lives of DC Children

Imagine a child in trouble. Do you picture a student suspended for disruptive behavior? A toddler left alone by his mother? A teenager who has life-threatening asthma attacks in the middle of the night? These are among the troubles children in the District face every day.

In the pages of this annual report, you will read about Darren Pegram, Akhil Medley and Laila Rodriguez, who are among the thousands of children and families Children’s Law Center fought for in 2016. Our work helped transform their lives.


“Looking at this picture of her, I just can’t imagine her smiling like that three years ago. That says a lot.”

Holding two wallet-sized pictures, Children’s Law Center attorney Evan Cass smiles as he reflects on the journey of Natasha*, now 7 and Roderick*, now 3.

As the Director of Evaluation and Learning, Holly designs and implements large-scale program assessments and assists the leadership team in making data-driven practice changes to benefit clients and their families. Prior to joining Children’s Law Center in 2012, Dr.


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