The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C. Homelessness

May 24, 2021

More people in Washington, D.C. with mental or physical disabilities have been homeless for at least a year now compared to last year, according to the report from the annual count of homeless people.

Still, local politicians congratulated themselves that the homeless count showed fewer families on the street and in shelters. But it was the federal eviction moratorium, limited as it is, and stimulus spending, which temporarily slowed the spread of homelessness during the pandemic. And city officials don’t count over 2,500 families getting short-term housing vouchers as homeless people, when the reality is these families don’t have long-term homes.