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The Washington Post: Changes sought after D.C. agencies failed to act on complaint of illegal rooming house

November 18, 2019

D.C. Council hearing that addressed the house fire.

In the aftermath of the tragic Kennedy Street fire in August, Children’s Law Center continues to advocate strongly for safe and healthy housing for all DC residents. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel spoke with Peter Hermann and Clarence Williams of The Washington Post about the need to break up the D.C. Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs and establish a separate Department of Buildings.

Kathy Zeisel, the senior supervising attorney for the Children’s Law Center, said a system needs to be put in place to “actually unmask slumlords.” She said the tragedy of the Kennedy Street fire is that the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs “is too broken to repair itself.”

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Photo credit: Clarence Williams