The D.C. Department of Human Services contends that the program has an 85 percent success rate, but a new report from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless calls that figure “an illusion.”
News Story (District of Columbia)
May 6, 2017
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Tags: Housing: Homelessness
Organizations mentioned/involved: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH) (DC)
As a result, when the subsidies end, many of the families “go over the cliff,” plunging back into homelessness, according to the report, titled “Set Up To Fail.” It cites numerous other problems with the program, including lax case management, bureaucratic snarls, sudden subsidy cutoffs, inadequate tracking of families after they leave the program and weak rules that leave families in rapid rehousing at the mercy of “slumlords.”
After the report was released last week, four other organizations — Bread for the City, Children’s Law Center, D.C. Law Students in Court and the D.C. Legal Aid Society — joined the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in calling for the program to be phased out, with the cost savings redirected to help create more long-term affordable housing.