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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:

WUSA9: 'Families are living in squalor': High cost of rent in DC forces families to live in dangerous conditions

November 12, 2019
When Carmen Montgomery's one-year-old son, King, kept experiencing severe health issues and struggling to breathe, pediatricians connected her to Children's Law Center, noting that King's asthma was likely caused by something in their home. CLC investigated and, sure enough, King’s severe asthma was triggered by moldy conditions in his Southeast home.

Street Sense: Seeing Double: DC drastically reduces the number of people in shelter as more double up

October 1, 2019
As rates of homeless families decrease across the city, Lilah Burke of Street Sense Media looked into what these numbers mean. She pointed to the increasing number of families who are staying with relatives as opposed to turning to shelters. CLC Senior Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with the reporter about what this “doubling-up” of families and other homeless prevention programs can mean for children and family in the District:
The Guardian

The Guardian: 'Going to bed hungry': the harrowing reality of poor children living in DC

August 30, 2019
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Joanie Greve of The Guardian about a new study that shines a light on the wealth disparities in DC. Judith Sandalow, the executive director of the Children’s Law Center, said the results emphasized the “huge disparity” between the perception of Washington as the seat of the most powerful government in the world and the often harrowing reality for many children in the city.
Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Journal: Mold in the walls could be triggering your child’s asthma attack. Here’s what a new D.C. partnership is doing about it.

August 28, 2019
Years in the making, Children's Law Center is announcing something ground-breaking. Thanks to an innovative partnership with AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, we are piloting a pay-for-success model that will improve the health and well-being of even more DC children...AND reduce health care costs. The Washington Business Journal's Sara Gilgore reported on the partnership.

Washington Post: In D.C., 5,500 students are homeless. The city is helping some of them take their first steps to college.

July 18, 2019
At CLC, we meet students who are struggling with homelessness and poverty every day. CLC attorney Sarah Flohre recently talked with the Washington Post's Perry Stein about the challenges they face:

Congratulations CLC Attorney Aida Vindell, Reunification Hero!

July 12, 2019
Children's Law Center attorney Aida Vindell has firsthand experience with family separation. When she was just a toddler, she was separated from her brothers as a civil war raged through her native Nicaragua. They were eventually reunited in the US, but it was a challenging time for her brothers, her parents and Aida herself.