Marissa J. Lang

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering gentrification and housing issues

Education: University of Maryland, BA in Journalism

Marissa J. Lang writes about gentrification, housing and the changing face of American cities as part of The Washington Post's social issues team. At The Post, she has previously covered protests, social unrest, activist movements and the rise of domestic extremism. Lang came to the The Post in 2018 from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the impact of tech companies and explored the disparities fueled by some of Silicon Valley’s most recognizable companies. She played an integral role in the Chronicle's coverage of the 2016 Wine Country wildfires, which won the Scripps Howard awa
Latest from Marissa J. Lang

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.

February 2, 2022

D.C. attorney general sues two landlords for allegedly putting tenants’ health and safety at risk

In both cases, the District is asking a judge to appoint a receiver, a third-party answerable to the court, to oversee emergency repairs.

February 2, 2022

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.

January 24, 2022

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.

January 7, 2022

Many fled D.C. during pandemic, halting city’s population boom

New data from the Census Bureau show the number of District residents dropped by about 20,000.

December 24, 2021

‘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.

December 18, 2021