Ending Homelessness: Get Involved
Here are some upcoming one time events and on going projects where you are needed.
Learn More About Ending Homelessness In DC
Sunday Feb 5th, at 10:10am and 12:45pm
Join the Foundry Ending Homelessness Action Team to learn more about what is going on right now in DC around ending homelessness. Get all your questions answered about the short term family shelters that are being developed to replace the current DC General shelter, what can be done about the chronically homeless that live on our streets and how you can help.
We can end homelessness in Washington DC. This is not an insurmountable task. Other cities have done it and we have an administration that is actively working towards the goal of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. Learn more.
More for Housing Now!
Sat, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 9:30
Once again, Foundry, CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign and The Way Home Campaign will be holding a rally to advocate for housing for everyone from the chronically homeless on the street to the family living in DC General to families who just need more affordable housing!
Through the broad and diverse support our Campaigns, we have led our District officials to make unprecedented investments in programs that build and preserve affordable homes, end chronic homelessness, and create new opportunities for home ownership.
The program will include winners of the 2017 Housing For All Art Competition, resident testimony, and comments and Q&A with elected officials.
Yes In My Backyard!
Tues, Jan 31st at 7pm
Second District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Ave, NW
ANC 3C has scheduled a special community meeting to discuss the Ward 3 Emergency Shelter zoning application. There will be a brief presentation by the city. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and to express views about the zoning issues. Turnout for this meeting is essential. The opposition will be there and we need to make a strong show of public support. Seating will be limited, so be there ½ hour early to get a seat.
You can read background information on the meeting on the ANC3C website and the overall plan to replace DC General with smaller shelters in each ward. Finally read DC council member Mary Che's letter of support for the shelter in her ward.
If you live in ANC3C but can't attend on the 31st, interested parties may express their views by submitting written testimony to the ANC. Please email Commissioner Siegel (email@example.com) for SMD05, Commissioner Roller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for SMD06 and Commission Chair of ANC3C, Commissioner Silveira (email@example.com) for SMD07, Commissioner May (firstname.lastname@example.org) for SMD08, or Commissioner MacWood (email@example.com) for SMD09.
- February 21, 7:30 pm: ANC3C’ s regular meeting, also at the police station. They will consider the zoning application (and presumably vote on it).
- March 1, 9:30 a.m.: Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing at 441 G St., NW.
The People for Fairness Coalition, an advocacy group of homeless and formerly homeless individuals, is working towards creating more public restrooms in DC. You can read about the initiative here: http://pffcdc.org/what-we-do/public-restrooms/ Keep an eye out for ways to support this group moving forward.
Some recent articles about homelessness you might be interested in:
- Annual Count Of Homeless People Is About More Than Numbers - WAMU
- D.C. May Create More Public Restrooms to Serve the Homeless - City Paper
- D.C. Homelessness Doubles National Average as Living Costs Soar - NY Times
- Read about the March 5th rally to end homelessness at Foundry!
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Consider one of these local organizations
They are looking for reliable volunteers to serve meals who can commit to joining us once a month, preferably on a long-term basis.
N Street Village
Volunteers work as learning lab monitors and tutors, prepare and serve lunches and dinners, pick up donations, help maintain our courtyard garden, help with fundraising and event planning, and offer their professional health services to women in our Wellness Center.
So Others May Eat
Volunteers play an essential role in SOME’s work, helping to feed the homeless and poor in our Dining Rooms, tutor children in our affordable housing programs for families, serve vulnerable elderly and more. Or join the Foundry team once a month.
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
Volunteers help advocate for affordable housing and economic opportunities for the District.