17 Apr FIVE JOBS FRIDAY: The Time I Worked as a Fellow at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center
This week, as the unemployment rate rises and so many people struggle to pay rent and make a living as a landlord, I want to tell you about my experience as a fellow at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center. Our housing crisis affects both landlords and tenants and those challenges are amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.
During my time as a fellow, I was proud to help both landlords and tenants navigate complex legal policies and achieve justice. Many of the people coming before Landlord Tenant Court did not have access to a lawyer, so our goal was to provide as many people with as much assistance as possible prior to their trial to encourage settlements. It struck me not only how important it was to provide displaced tenants with additional resources, but also how often the landlords of small unit buildings were really struggling to make ends meet.
The COVID-19 pandemic will have long lasting and devastating effects on our city’s housing market and property owners who have put down roots in our city. As your Ward 2 Councilmember, I have a comprehensive ten step COVID-19 recovery plan that prioritizes the housing market, changes to the property tax code, small business storefronts, and housing for transient and homeless populations. Ward 2 desperately needs a strong local leader with city-wide legislative experience to creatively navigate our community through this crisis and pull us through the other side.
Housing insecurity is a problem across our country, and DC has been hit especially hard. [Insert some stats on how the housing market will be affected in DC] It is my goal to restore the health and prosperity of the housing market across our entire city.
Here’s what you can do right now to help Ward 2 residents struggling with housing insecurity.
- Sign up to volunteer with Ward 2 Mutual Aid on this form;
- Donate to the Workers Relief Fund
- Leave a virtual tip for a waiter or bartender.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if you are struggling or have questions or concerns.
Thank you and stay safe,