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Will Merrifield
The District is dealing with an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. A historic number of Washingtonians have lost their jobs and have no idea when they’ll be able to work again. More than 66,000 DC residents have filed for unemployment insurance (UI) to replace a portion of their income, though only a third of...
Today, DC’s business conglomerate requested $346M in tax cuts in a private meeting with ten DC councilmembers that likely violated DC’s open meeting law. This is unsurprising – the DC government is privately owned. Just like at the federal level, big business is coming for huge handouts thanks to their outsized influence on how resources...
Conditions inside of DC Correctional Facilities have long been unsafe and unsanitary, and now more than ever, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, they are deadly. On Monday, the DC government reported its first inmate death from the coronavirus, and more are sure to follow. Congregate detention facilities, such as the DC Jail, the Correctional Treatment Facility,...
From my work as a tenant attorney, I know firsthand that working-class DC residents were staring down the barrel of an existential threat (the affordable housing crisis) originating from a crisis of leadership at the District-wide level well before the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary cause of homelessness in DC is a lack of affordable housing...
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February 25, 2020 ALLY SCHWEITZER February 25, 2020 Churchill Gardens is a social housing community in London. Progressives in the D.C. area are calling for similar housing to be built here.Scott Wylie/Flickr “Public housing” isn’t such a loaded term in Vienna, Austria. In the European capital, public housing is attractive and well-maintained. It’s located near...
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ANDREW GIAMBRONE FEB 12, 2020 For the last eight years, Will Merrifield has fought on the front lines of D.C.’s gentrification wars. As an attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, he represented the tenant associations at two large, affordable complexes in Congress Heights and Brentwood, both slated for redevelopment into denser, mixed-use projects on...
MITCH RYALSALEXA MILLS  NOV 13, 2019 12 PM Broken lock at G Street Apartments, February 2017DARROW MONTGOMERYExiled slumlord Sanford Capital agreed to pay $1.1 million to 155 tenants in three of its residential properties as part of another settlement with the District, the Office of the Attorney General announced today. The settlement resolves three consumer protection lawsuits...
Tatyana Hopkins May 16, 2018  Brookland Manor (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer) The appeal of the nearly $600 million redevelopment of the Brookland Manor complex in Northeast will halt the first phase of construction and force the developer to reconsider its plans for the 20-acre, 19-building housing complex at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and...
By Fenit Nirappil May 10, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. The District is running one of its most controversial landlords out of town. After years of racking up housing code violations and lawsuits alleging deplorable conditions, Sanford Capital reached a settlement with the D.C. attorney general’s office last month that requires it to sell off its remaining...
Sunil Freeman February 18, 2018 The affluent Cleveland Park neighborhood in Washington, D.C. was the site of a loud and militant demonstration February 10, as a crowd of about 120 people braved a cold and driving rain to march to the home of a notorious slumlord, chanting: “Geoff Griffis you can’t hide, we can see...
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