Covid and Housing Instability

Updated 1:30, 12/2/20, with audio recording; video added 12/4.

Rights and welfare of people experiencing housing instability become even more urgent as the weather turns colder and wetter and Covid-19 cases rise. On this week’s “Community thru Covid,” we hear the latest from DC’s encampments and additional perspectives from two advocates with lived experience in the field.

Video links below.

Complete audio here —

Obadiah (OB) Black is a member of People Power Action (PPA) and a founding member of Organization of United People. Reginald Black (no relation) is a Street Sense Media artist and contributor, Advocacy Director of People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC), active in PPA, and a voting member of Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH).

Visit organizations linked above for more on the topics discussed in today’s show. In addition:

The Organization of United People, an 8-year-old group of people who have experienced homelessness, can be reached at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20011, 202-860-8010.

Vacant to Virus Reduction can be found at (see also our August show, “Encampments and Vacant Apartments“).

Focus Attitude and Commitment to Excellence on Facebook.

VIGIL TO HONOR INDIVIDUALS THAT DIED ON THE STREETS. Now scheduled for Dec 20-21. Already DC has lost 21 individuals, who had been experiencing homelessness, to Covid. These are not our only losses among those living and dying on the streets. More at PFFC’s vigil page.

Legislation discussed:

Michael A. Stoops Anti-discrimination Amendment Act of 2019 would amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to include protections for the homeless from discrimination.

Fair Tenant Screening Act of 2019 prohibits housing providers from inquiring about sources of income and credit history of a prospective tenant.

Full hour-length program was uploaded in three parts:

part 1 of 3
part 2 of 3
Part 3 of 3

“Community thru Covid” airs weekly at 11 a.m. Eastern on We Act Radio (audio only) and Facebook Live.


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