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What’s in the Mayor’s Proposed Budgets for the Department of Human Services?

While DHS only faced minor cuts compared to other agencies, the budget lacks sufficient resources for the housing and services that homeless residents need to thrive.

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5 Takeaways from the Mayor’s Proposed Budgets for FY 2020 (Revised) and FY 2021 (and Why You Should Pay Attention)

The proposal addressed pandemic-induced budget shortfalls by employing a mix of strategies that helped her protect, and in some cases expand, vital programs. Some community needs are met while others remain un- or underfunded.

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DC Leaders Should Center Six Principles When Crafting Budget Plans

To make it through this crisis and build a just economic recovery, it is important for DC’s response to preserve crucial investments in homeless services and housing, health care, social services, and education.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Black Burden of COVID-19

Today, DC Emancipation Day, we commemorate the District’s important position as the first place where federal action freed enslaved Black people.

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COVID-19 Makes It Clear: Housing is Healthcare

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.

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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.

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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.

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