On any given day, there are more than 2,000 chronically homeless individuals living on the streets of Washington, DC. These individuals have been homeless for more than a year, or at least three times in the last four years. They are also living with disabling physical and mental health issues.
And while there are a thousand different reasons these individuals became homeless, there are very few ways out.
There is hope though, and we now know the solution.
The most cost-effective and successful way out of chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing.
Permanent supportive housing is housing that is permanent with support services attached, and is critical for those who are chronically homeless.
Those support services include things like help obtaining and maintaining benefits, finding and keeping employment, and accessing health, mental health and addiction treatment services.
Why is permanent supportive housing the solution?
Imagine how tough it would be to accomplish your goals if you always had to worry about where you were going to get your next meal or lay your head down at night. Chronically homeless individuals don't necessarily have different problems than any of us do, it's just harder to work on them while living on the street.
We know that permanent supportive housing works. Washington, DC has the highest permanent supportive housing retention rate in the country (at 94%) and we've seen great improvements from the people who are currently in permanent supportive housing.
That’s why permanent supportive housing is the solution.
Speak up today and send a message to Washington, DC that permanent supportive housing is critical.
You can help end chronic homelessness in our Nation’s Capital.