HillRag, December 6, 2021, Opinion: Ward 6 Councilmember Risks Prolonging Homelessness And Displacement
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen new tax measure will provide new revenue for permanent housing opportunities to potentially end homelessness in DC, but first, it requires eviction from homeless camps.
DC’s Ward 6 has the “most intense displacement” in the “most intensely gentrifying” city in the United States, according to the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. A sombering majority of the displaced individuals are Black and low-income. The expansion of encampment evictions without councilmember comment during the past few months of Allen’s Ward 6 leadership threatens to accelerate these trends.