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DCist: That Whole ‘Uber, But For Housing Inspectors’ Program Is Up And Running

December 10, 2019
DCRA has hired hundreds of new "inspectors" in recent months, but they're not full-tme employees -- they're contracted workers that the agency's head has described as Uber for property inspectors. CLC Senior Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Martin Austermuhle of WAMU about the need for more, professional housing inspectors in the District and how the creation of a separate agency, the Department of Buildings, could better protect and serve tenants.

BUILD Blog: Data-Sharing and Analysis: A Medical-Legal Model for National Success

December 10, 2019
Every year, more than 12,000 children across Washington, DC struggle with asthma. Their struggles are all too often linked to something that can be solved – like unhealthy housing.  As a result of the Opportunity Fund award from the BUILD Health Challenge, Children's Law Center has partnered with Children's National, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia and Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. to pioneer Healthy Together -- one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country. 

The Washington Post: The long wait: For years, she's been hoping to move into a house that will meet her son's disability needs

December 7, 2019
For more than three years, Children's Law Center has fought to secure accessible housing for Erica Chance and her 5-year-old son, Ayden, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk.  The Washington Post's Theresa Vargas reported on the daily challenges Chance faces living in an inaccessible apartment and spoke with CLC Supervising Attorney Evan Cass on the D.C. Housing Authority's lack of response to her living situation:

Greater Greater Washington: Some DC tenants need to sue to get redress for mold. A new bill could change that.

December 6, 2019
Currently, DC housing inspectors aren't trained to spot mold and can't fine landlords when they neglect to address it - even though indoor mold can cause serious health issues. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel was featured in a recent Greater Greater Washington article noting the high prevalence of indoor mold in DC rentals:

Washington City Paper: A Pregnant Homeless Woman Was Turned Away After Requesting Emergency Shelter

November 21, 2019
The DC Department of Human Services' proposed emergency regulations interpreting access to the District's shelters and homeless services can exclude the very people the law was meant to protect. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Mitch Ryals of Washington City Paper about the burdens these regulations place on homeless DC residents:

D.C. Bar: 38 New Families Formed at D.C. Courts’ 33rd Annual Adoption Day

November 21, 2019
November 16 was a joyous occasion at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse as the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) hosted the 33rd Annual D.C. Adoption Day in Court. At this year’s event, 47 children were adopted to form 38 new families -- and 8 of those children were Children's Law Center clients!

The Washington Post: Homeless children were struggling to get to school on time. Now, D.C. is launching a shuttle service to help them.

November 20, 2019
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Theresa Vargas of The Washington Post about the Department of Human Services' pilot program providing shuttle service to homeless DC families and children from the hotels where they are temporarily housed to the closest Metro stops. Children's Law Center also pointed out that the city has a legal obligation to give homeless children school stability. "These parents should not have to worry about finding a safe and affordable way to get their children to school," said the center's executive director, Judith Sandalow.

The Washington Post: Changes sought after D.C. agencies failed to act on complaint of illegal rooming house

November 18, 2019
In the aftermath of the tragic Kennedy Street fire in August, Children's Law Center continues to advocate strongly for safe and healthy housing for all DC residents. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Peter Hermann and Clarence Williams of The Washington Post about the need to break up the D.C. Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs and establish a separate Department of Buildings.

Washington City Paper: Housing Advocates Want DCRA Overhauled After Deadly Kennedy St. Fire

November 18, 2019
Children's Law Center and other housing advocates are calling on the D.C. Council to pass the Department of Buildings Establishment Act that would overhaul DCRA, particularly in the wake of an August fire in a rental unit that left two tenants dead, including a 9-year-old boy. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Chelsea Cirruzzo of Washington City Paper about DCRA's continued failure to ensure safe and healthy housing conditions for District tenants: