From Judith Sandalow <[email protected]>
Subject Our Fight for #HealthyHousingDC
Date March 5, 2020 4:04 PM
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Eight-year-old Trinity Johnson. Photo credit: WUSA/Becca Knier

For nearly a decade, Children's Law Center Attorney Kathy Zeisel has been fighting
for healthier homes across the District. One property name has crossed her desk
far too many times - Forest Ridge.
In an interview with [[link removed]]
WUSA 9 [[link removed]],
Kathy shared how hazardous housing conditions - including indoor mold, lead exposure
and infestations - can cause serious health issues for DC children.
One child, 8-year-old Trinity Johnson, developed chronic asthma due to the unhealthy
conditions in her Forest Ridge apartment. Thanks to our medical-legal partnership
with Children's National Hospital and with encouragement from Trinity's doctors,
Trinity's mom reached out to Children's Law Center.
With many more children and families who need legal support than our attorneys can
represent, we are grateful that one pro bono firm stepped in to help. They've been
working tirelessly to advocate for Trinity and her family.
However, there have been many complicating factors including housing subsidies that
limit the family's ability to relocate.
"At a place like Forest Ridge...families [are put] in the hard place of choosing
between being homeless because they can't afford to move off the property or...rolling
the dice on maybe this property will be better," Zeisel said.

Children's Law Center lawyer says DC needs to do proactive inspections at problematic
apartments [[link removed]]

Children's Law Center lawyer Kathy Zeisel shares strategies on how DC can do more
to inspect and prevent unhealthy housing.

It's the reason we've taken on healthy housing as a top priority. Too many children
like Trinity are making trips back and forth to the ER instead of back and forth
to their school.
Join as we fight for Trinity and the thousands of other children like her. Learn
more about our Healthy Housing DC campaign [[link removed]]
or follow the #healthyhousingdc [[link removed]]
conversation on Twitter.

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