Protecting Residents of Unpermitted Housing: How the Exigent Circumstances Standard Applies to Code Enforcement

By Chelsea Lalancette Following a deadly fire at the Ghost Ship live-work warehouse in Oakland, California in December 2016, the local government has been tasked with balancing an affordable housing crisis with a need for safe residences.  Ghost Ship was an arts collective that also served as an unofficial residence and event space, providing affordable, albeit […]

Blog Post 45: Museum Square: The Fight Continues to Keep This Low-Income Housing Residence

By: Marisa Beirne The District of Columbia (“DC”) provides need-based housing to residents with low incomes for the purpose of supplying decent places of living and to effectively promote economically diverse housing.[1] Specifically, rental subsidy programs consist of relationships between the federal government, rental property owners, and prospective residents.[2] As DC becomes substantially more metropolitan, […]