Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post

Marissa J. Lang

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Past articles by Marissa:

Two-thirds of McPherson Square homeless remain on street, D.C. says

As of Thursday, just two of the more than 70 residents of McPherson Square had been placed in permanent D.C. housing. → Read More

Park Service begins to clear McPherson Square homeless encampment

In the past two weeks, the District, which asked NPS to clear McPherson, has been scrambling to connect the tent dwellers to housing. → Read More

McPherson Square homeless camp to be cleared two months early, NPS says

The large encampment near the White House, originally scheduled to be cleared in April, will now be cleared Feb. 15 instead, a National Park Service letter said. → Read More

D.C. volunteers serve up food and connection on Thanksgiving

Hundreds mobilized across the city to provide holiday meals and encouragement at a time of elevated need. → Read More

Man fatally shot in car near Nationals Park, D.C. police say

Just before 1 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunfire on N Street SE just outside Nationals Park. → Read More

On Martha’s Vineyard, even the doctors can’t afford housing anymore

The Vineyard, known as a playground for the Obamas and celebrities, is kept afloat by workers for whom America’s housing crisis is not an eventuality. It’s here. → Read More

D.C. to provide up to $200K to first-time home buyers in hot market

D.C. will more than double the assistance first-time buyers can receive from the government this year in a bid to help Washingtonians — particularly Black Washingtonians — be competitive. → Read More

D.C. opens first shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ adults

The shelter, will open its doors to unhoused residents in the beginning of August, and will provide beds and other supportive services to up to 40 people at a time. Those services include life skills training, continuing education classes, substance abuse treatment programs, employment assistance, job placement programs, mental health resources and other links to community resources specific to… → Read More

D.C. development has soared under Bowser. So have housing costs.

Critics say her push for development has accelerated the affordability crisis in the city. → Read More

Living near affordable housing may boost home values, new study finds

Alexandria home prices got a boost from being near new affordable housing projects, an Urban Institute study shows. → Read More

D.C. looking to help homeowners turn their basements and garages into rental housing

The mayor believes accessory dwellings can alleviate the affordable housing shortage. → Read More

Every winter, D.C. apartment tenants live with insufficient heat. Spotty enforcement leaves residents to fend for themselves.

The apartment where James lives in Southeast Washington has been without functioning heat for more than four months. She’s spent all winter trying to get relief — calls to the Banneker Place Apartments’ management company, complaints to the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA); she even filed a civil suit in D.C. Superior Court. But as February dragged on, she said,… → Read More

Omicron tore through an Arlington County homeless shelter. To contain it, they moved everyone into a motel.

As cases of the coronavirus’s delta variant spread through the region last year, positive tests would appear in ones and twos. But then came omicron. Kasia Shaw, a nurse practitioner and the senior director of medical services for PathForward, the nonprofit organization that runs the homeless services center for Arlington County, Va., was conducting routine testing in late December when she… → Read More

D.C. announces first affordable housing project in Ward 3 backed by housing production trust

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announces 800 new affordable housing units, including a senior facility in Friendship Heights. → Read More

Mayor cuts ribbon at new homeless men’s shelter on St. Elizabeths East campus in Southeast D.C.

The shelter, which is equipped to house 396 people and more during hypothermia season, replaces the old 801 East men’s shelter and includes specialty facilities for seniors, men in need of medical care, and working men with employment demands. → Read More

A historic Black church says D.C. is trying to push it out of Shaw. The church’s tenants say it’s a slum lord.

Both the church and the residents say they are the victims of gentrification. → Read More

Fire breaks out at homeless encampment in Georgetown

The blaze damaged a tent and belongings, but no injuries were reported. → Read More

D.C. Council votes to continue the clearing of homeless encampments

Seven D.C. Council members opposed the legislation as homeless residents and advocates gathered for demonstrations and services to mark the nationally observed Homeless Persons Memorial Day and remember those who have died this year. The bill would have paused all encampment evictions through the end of the District’s coldest months and established a formal process by which homeless residents… → Read More

‘It feels like 2020 all over again’: As covid cases climb, D.C.-area residents take extra precautions

In the absence of government mandates, merchants, individuals and families are left to erect their own guardrails in an effort to stay safe from another worsening wave of infections. → Read More

D.C. mayor unveils plans to incentivize office-to-residential conversions as downtown struggles to recover

The market for office space was already slowing before the pandemic when office workers abandoned downtown en masse and have yet to fully return. → Read More