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

July 10, 2018
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.

Major Wins for DC Children as DC’s Budget Passes

July 10, 2018
We want you to be the first to know! This spring, DC Council voted to pass the fiscal year 2019 budget. Thanks to your partnership and support, we’re celebrating two major funding victories for DC kids.  

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

July 4, 2018
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

June 21, 2018
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 Post: Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.

June 11, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel talks with the Washington Post's Marissa J. Lang about unsafe conditions in an Eight Street property in Brightwood Park. On top of the water and fire damage, there were bedbugs, rats and roaches, crumbling structures, mold, faulty electricity, and unreliable heat and hot water. Kathy Zeisel, a lawyer at the Children’s Law Center who is representing several former tenants, said the problems were among the worst she had seen.

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

May 21, 2018
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.

Washington City Paper: After a Fire and a Flood, Brightwood Park Tenants Navigate Their New Reality

May 3, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel recently sat down with Washington City Paper's Morgan Baskin to talk about the horrible conditions children and families are dealing with at an 8th Street property.

D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ensure Every D.C. Child Has the Right to Be in School, Learning

May 1, 2018
D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ensure Every D.C. Child Has the Right to Be in School, Learning Local Child Advocates Celebrate D.C. School Discipline Reforms WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Every Student Every Day Coalition (ESED) celebrates today’s passage of the Student Fair Access to School Act.

Washington Post: D.C. is misspending millions of dollars intended to help the city’s poorest students

April 17, 2018
CLC team members, including policy attorney Renee Murphy, recently shared their insight about funding for "at-risk students" in DC with the Washington Post. Students are defined as at-risk if they are homeless, recipients of welfare or food stamps, or are more than a year behind in high school. About 44 percent of the nearly 100,000 District students in traditional public and charter schools are considered at-risk.