Testimony: District of Columbia Auditor’s Report, “Housing Code Enforcement: A Case Study of Dahlgreen Courts”
Children’s Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified at a hearing focused on District of Columbia Auditor’s Report, “Housing Code Enforcement: A Case Study of Dahlgreen Courts.” The report confirms concerns that advocates and tenants have been raising for years: that DCRA does not hold landlords to enforcement timelines, does not consistently collect fines, is not transparent, and does not reliably keep data on inspections and enforcement actions. We are commenting on this legilsation because many DC children and families suffer poor housing conditions because of DCRA’s shortcomings. We agree with ODCA’s assertion that most of the necessary solutions to these shortcomings need to be compelled legislatively, given DCRA’s institutional “lack of interest” in reform. Read the full testimony here.