Request more details about DC’s pilot program to support homeless populations

A metropolitan council member is hoping for more answers and information about a pilot program aimed at making sure homeless residents are moved to housing safely.

A metropolitan council member is hoping for more answers and information about a pilot program aimed at making sure homeless residents are moved to housing safely.

On Tuesday, Councilwoman Brooke Pinto and seven of her colleagues Sent a message to Wayne Turing, deputy mayor of Health and Human Services, about the pilot program for homelessness camps that began in New Jersey and NW Streets, the NoMa Tunnel and E and 20 NW streets through Virginia Avenue NW.

“We ask that you provide detailed information to the Council on the new processes and protocols that will be put in place to ensure everyone’s safety as the pilot moves forward,” the letter read.

The program focuses on providing housing-focused case management, as well as behavioral health and substance abuse support for people living in homeless camps.

The message comes weeks after a resident of the camp in the northeast of the capital was taken to hospital Inadvertently picked up by Bobcat front loader.

“We were very upset, sad and disappointed to see a bulldozer hit a resident,” Pinto said.

board member Elissa Silverman proposed last week That the capital “must halt all camp clearance operations temporarily while continuing intensive services and housing education for the pilot.”

Pinto and other council members said they wanted to learn from Turnage’s department which parts of the pilot worked well and should be replicated in other parts of the city, as well as what didn’t.

“The deputy mayor understands this is a time-sensitive and has been a helpful partner going forward. I expect they will be back with us soon, hopefully within a week, to let us know how we can move forward together to support the pilot,” Pinto told WTOP.

The pilot program is implemented with reduced waiting time between voucher issuance and homeless placement.

“This approach addresses the concerns we’ve heard from residents and advocates time and time again – that the voucher process is taking too long,” Pinto’s letter read.

There are about 3,000 permanent supportive housing vouchers funded in the capital’s budget this year, and there are just over 650 homeless, Pinto said, adding that she hopes to move as many people into housing as possible as soon as possible.

budget, It was announced last May, features “a record investment of $250 million in the Housing Production Trust (HPTF) for a total investment of $400 million one-time.” It is offering about 2,700 affordable housing units over the next two to three years, with as many as 1,100 “ultra-affordable” units.

modern audit It found that the Department of Housing and Community Development missed targets for spending at least 50% of the HPTF’s resources to the city’s poorest resources.

Scott Gilman of WTOP contributed to this report.

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