PRESS RELEASE: With Final Vote for McDuffie’s “Expanding Access to Justice Act,” D.C. Takes Bold Step Toward Establishing Civil Right to Counsel

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Final vote of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget includes program to fund lawyers for low-income tenants in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court Puts the District of Columbia on the path to establishing ‘Civil Gideon,’ the right to counsel in some civil cases For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, (202) 445-0361 Washington, D.C. – Today, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017 which incorporates Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's “Expanding Access to Justice Act.” This legislation creates a grant program, managed by the DC Bar Foundation, to provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants at or below 200% of the federal poverty line facing eviction. Upon Passage Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Stated: “I am encouraged that the Council today voted to…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Secures Important Funding for Ward 5 Priorities in FY 2018 Budget

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Council budget includes funding for: Recreation, education, and library facilities in Ward 5 Support for tenants & affordable housing and more inspectors at DCRA A public health approach to public safety in the NEAR Act And investments to improve the environment for CBEs & Small Businesses Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia took its first vote on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Councilmember McDuffie's Ward 5 and District-wide budget priorities received overwhelming support. “I want to thank my colleagues on the Council for supporting my priorities as the Councilmember for Ward 5 and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development,” said McDuffie. “This budget demonstrates the Council’s commitment to support Education, public safety, Affordable Housing, CBE capacity building, and significant capital project financing.”…
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DC Council’s Budget Delivers Important Wins for Ward 5

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Today, the Council of the District of Columbia took its first vote on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget. Importantly, the Council’s budget delivers significant investment in Ward 5 and maintains Councilmember McDuffie's pledge to return funds to several public safety programs such as restoring the more than $5 million in cuts to social and legal services for victims of crime, including domestic violence, sexual assault victims and abused and neglected children.  Moreover, the Council’s budget provides the capital necessary to implement the plan to close DC General but does so by using District owned facilities, ensuring that the sites are located in safe areas conducive to housing children and families, and saving the District millions of dollars. W Street Trash Transfer Station One of the most noteworthy investments made in…
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