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FY19 Oversight Testimony: DCRA

February 27, 2019

CLC attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about DCRA at its oversight hearing. She testified because exposure to environmental allergens, such as mold and vermin, can cause both acute medical crises as well as the development of chronic, lifelong ailments. Lead exposure can permanently damage a child’s development. Poor conditions in rental housing can make it hard to sleep, eat, and thrive, thus impacting a child’s performance in school or a mother’s ability to go to work. The costly human and fiscal consequences of unsafe and unsanitary housing are clear, and ones we see every day with our clients. DCRA has neglected its enforcement responsibilities, allowing children and families to live in deplorable conditions. Anne shares our recommendations to ensure that families live in safe, healthy homes. Read the full testimony here.