B21-352, Access to to Shelter Policy and Homelessness Prevention


Bill 21-352, Advancing Year Round Access to Shelter Policy and Prevention of Homelessness Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-352, the “Advancing Year Round Access to Shelter Policy and Prevention of Homelessness Amendment Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m., or immediately following the preceding hearing, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-352 is to authorize the temporary placement of families into emergency shelter in order to allow for a complete assessment of eligibility for shelter and supportive services (“interim eligibility”), to authorize the Mayor to provide shelter to families in private rooms developed to facilitate the eventual closure of DC General Family Shelter, and to create an expedited appeals process for families denied shelter following an interim eligibility placement.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196, or email Alana Intrieri, Special Counsel to the Chairman, at aintrieri@dccouncil.us, and to provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, October 8, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on Thursday, October 8, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to three minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses; longer time may be allowed if arranged in advance. A copy of Bill 21-352 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015.