Open Letter to DC Council: Let’s Address Chronic Homelessness in FY14

May 20, 2013

Please act to end homelessness for DC’s chronically homeless!

Over the last few months and weeks, various organizations and coalitions have called on the DC Council to make additional investments in the Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program in DHS. This program has a 90% success rate in leading to stable housing for chronically homeless individuals and families.

Investing in the Permanent Supportive Housing Program in the FY14 budget would complement the other housing programs already in the FY14 budget – and create a budget that meets the immediate and long-term housing needs of DC residents

The Council has been outspoken in their support for addressing homelessness and in particular chronic homelessness. The DC community agrees with this goal.

  • The ICH Permanent Supportive Housing Production Committee recommended a proposal to end chronic homelessness in 7 years, recognizing the need for funding this year.
  • CNHED: nearly 100 people attended CNHED’s Advocacy Day on Monday, May 13 and 450 people sent emails which included Housing First as a key unfunded program in the DC budget.
  • WIN: 1,000 people sent emails on May 1 and 50 people met at the Wilson Building to phonebank supporters on May 14, highlighting Housing First as a key unfunded program in the DC budget.
  • Miriam’s Kitchen: guests and volunteers made calls and sent emails all week May 13-18. In March, over 100 people came out in support of Housing First and Miriam’s delivered approximately 200 postcards from supporters of Housing First to Chairman Mendelson.
  • SOME: circulated a petition late April, highlighting DHS PHS (Housing First) as a key unfunded program. 450 District residents signed on in support of this and other stated priorities.
  • Fair Budget Coalition  and SHARC:  also mobilized people to come the Wilson Building on May 15 and 16 to highlight key programs, including Housing First.

We hope you will include additional funding for Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program in the FY14 budget.

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