Testimony: Slumlord Deterrence Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Rehabilitation Incentives Regulation Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Code Enforcement Integrity Amendment Act of 2017
Children's Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about three housing bills: the Slumlord Deterrence Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Rehabilitation Incentives Regulation Amendment Act of 2017 and Housing Code Enforcement Integrity Amendment Act of 2017. These bills aim to improve tenant-related facets of DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Children's Law Center attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow Mackenzie Becker recently testified in support of the Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Regulations Amendment Act of 2017. The legislation will solidify the District’s commitment to improving the lives and experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care.
Children's Law Center attorney Kathy Zeisel recently testified at a Roundtable on Short-Term Family Housing Construction Progress. The roundtable focused on DC General closing and the short-term housing options that are meant to serve as replacement shelters for DC families. The Children's Law Center team is concerned about the reports that the agencies in charge of the construction knew about delays building these replacement shelters and did not accurately represent this to the public or the families who live there.
Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the Intrafamily Offenses and Anti-Stalking Orders Amendment Act of 2018. The act proposes changes to DC law that will grant greater access to the Domestic Violence (DV) Court and benefit DV and stalking victims in a number of ways. This legislation is important to Children's Law Center because children are often survivors of DV, and their safety and wellbeing are significantly impacted by the efficiency and effectiveness of DC’s civil protection order process. Read Aubrey's testimony here.
As an organization that cares about the health and wellbeing of children and their families, especially low-income children and families, we are grateful for and proud of DC’s leadership on paid family and medical leave. Completing UPLA’s regulations is an important part of this process. We hope the comments below will help the agency to implement a user-friendly program that best meets the needs of children, families, people in need of care, working caregivers, employers, and health care providers.
Attorney Renee Murphy focuses her testimony first on the implementation of the ESESA, including its start date. She highlights the need for additional funding for the Special Education Enhancement Fund to increase the capacity of schools to meet the needs of
Almost all of Children's Law Center's clients are low-income tenants, which means they should be able to turn to DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for help in the face of illegal, unhealthy housing conditions and landlords who refuse to make repairs. Unfortunately, neither our clients nor those residing in DC’s otherapproximately 180,000 occupied rental units can depend on this agency. As a result, DC tenants—especially DC’s low-income tenants—have little recourse for improving the conditions in their unsafe and unhealthy homes.
Our yearly deep dive into the Mayor’s proposed budget for Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is driven by a need to ensure that parents can access quality prevention services to keep children safe in their homes, that young people in foster care have the supports necessary to prepare them for successful adulthood, and that children get the trauma-informed services they need to heal and thrive.
At Children's Law Center, we support the continued investment in crucial services for low-income District residents through the investment of local funding seen in the proposed budget, particularly the funding of TANF, but we urge continued and expanded local investment in long-term housing supports including Targeted Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing, as well as increased funding to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). CLC attorney Diana Sission testifies.
CLC attorney Renee Murphy encourages the Council to call for increased transparency in DCPS’s budget about specific programs and services for children in special education, services for homeless students, supports and instruction for parenting students, and supports for children in foster care.
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