What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Survival of Black-Owned Businesses?
So many of DC’s Black residents have already been forced out due to rising costs and gentrification, and now the survival of Black-owned small businesses is at stake, threatening to undermine who and what DC is.
District Officials Project that DC Will Lose $1.5 Billion Through FY 2021
Compared to expectations in February, DC officials project that the District will bring in $722 million less in revenue by the end of the 2020 fiscal year (FY), according to the Chief Financial Officer’s (CFO) April revenue forecast.
DC Takes Steps to Ensure Residents Can Access Needed Benefits
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has taken steps to make it easier to apply for benefits and to increase SNAP benefits. These steps will help our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet buy food and other necessities.
COVID-19 Makes It Clear: Housing is Health Care
Every day individuals experiencing homelessness die from preventable and manageable diseases. Now, the connection between housing and healthcare is even more evident when one of the keys to staying healthy is staying at home.
More Support Urgently Needed for DC’s Excluded Workers
Unfortunately, federal and local lawmakers excluded certain residents—including those who are undocumented or otherwise in the informal cash economy—from relief efforts that provide vital income assistance to help with bills and basic needs.
DC Council’s Second COVID-19 Bill Would Expand Important Supports and Protections but Falls Short of Comprehensive Relief
DC Council is poised to approve a second bill to lessen the harm—physically, emotionally, and economically—that coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing residents, businesses, and communities.
Lawmakers Should Fund Rental Payment Relief in Next COVID-19 Package
Many DC residents are jobless due to widespread efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), causing significant income loss that is threatening economic and housing stability for many.
As Families Navigate the Pandemic, Education Officials Should Put Equity at the Forefront of Their Ongoing Response
To ensure that the District’s crisis responses promote educational equity and give students and their families the proper support they need, education leaders should consider the following
District Unemployment Insurance Claims Spike in the Wake of COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on the District’s economy, leading to a spike in joblessness and health and human service needs. DC’s Department of Employment Services’ (DOES) daily raw count of unemployment insurance (UI) claims have spiked by […]