Posts Tagged ‘Issue 15 (July 2017)’

Letter from the Executive Director

In a city with the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country, we know all too well how essential it is that we protect reliable, affordable housing in our community.

But here in the District, the options for low-income homes have plummeted over the last decade, setting DC as the least affordable housing jurisdiction in the country and leaving low-income residents with nowhere to turn and without a home. For those who are able to secure a place to live, available options leave many families stuck in a cycle of poverty, as most of the income they have goes to rent. More than half of DC households pay over 30% of their income on rent, the point at which they are considered rent-burdened.

In the face of this housing crisis, now more than ever, it is important that we join together to support the families in our community. Your support of the DC Bar Foundation makes possible the work necessary to protect affordable housing options, keep families in their homes, and build a stronger, safer DC. You can read this month about the investments DCBF has made for DC’s affordable housing, and while we have come a long way, there is still much work to be done. However, we cannot do it without your help. Thank you for being a part of the civil legal aid network that works each day to keep everyone in our community in a home.

​Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director

Investing More Than $6 Million in DC’s Housing Crisis

​Safe and affordable housing creates strong and stable communities and is a necessity in breaking the cycle of poverty. In DC, however, half of the city’s supply of low-income rental units disappeared between 2002 and 2012, and homeownership among DC’s low-income residents decreased by 40% from 2001 to 2014 . The DC Bar Foundation recognizes these alarming trends and is committed to saving affordable housing in order to reduce poverty and create a stronger and more stable DC. From 2014 to 2016, the Foundation nearly tripled our support of projects and organizations that are saving affordable housing, preventing wrongful evictions and foreclosures, and improving housing conditions in the District. In the last year, our funding has provided free legal assistance to approximately 9,000 DC residents in housing matters. We are committed to the vision that every DC resident, regardless of income, ​has access to safe and ​affordable

YLN LC Happy Hour

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications due August 8th!

The Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) is in the midst of its annual recruitment efforts. YLN LC members serve as ambassadors for DCBF’s mission and help raise support for DC legal aid providers. Through networking dinners, fundraising events, and other opportunities, members have a chance to connect with other young attorneys across the District interested in supporting legal aid and to gain experience in non-profit Board service. Click here to learn more and to download application materials.

Application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by ​5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8th.

Partner Profile: Christopher Hatfield

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Christopher Hatfield, a member of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Christopher Hatfield

Associate Attorney

Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

Years on the Job

Where did you grow up?
New Hampshire

What brought you to DC?
My job and my wife.

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
My current job, where I learn how to handle new, difficult challenges every day.


Daily Habit
My cat has trained me to brush her every morning.

Favorite app
Other than boring ones, I need my Feedly reader.

Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump

Favorite Restaurant
Equinox, Smoke & Barrel, Fare Well

Favorite Vacation Spot
My wife and I loved our honeymoon in Bali.

Guilty Pleasure
I’m a beer snob & spend too much on rare bottles.

One Item from your Bucket List
1. Create a bucket list.

I also am Executive Editor at

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Reusable bags. That DC Bag Tax does its job.


Most rewarding element of your work
Knowing I made a difference for my client.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…


Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It’s important to give back to my community.

Your dream for our legal system is…
A more diverse judiciary and law enforcement


Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.