Tell Mayor Vincent Gray & the DC Council: Leave No Child Outside! Find Safe Homes for Children & Families in DC
  • Petitioned Mayor Vincent Gray, Chairman Kwame Brown & the DC Council

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Mayor Vincent Gray, Chairman Kwame Brown & the DC Council

Tell Mayor Vincent Gray & the DC Council: Leave No Child Outside! Find Safe Homes for Children & Families in DC

    1. Petition by

      Homeless Children's Playtime Project .

      Washington, DC

Everyone Deserves a Safe Home- That won't happen without you.

There is a proposed $7 million budget gap in homeless services. This cut comes at a time when the rate of family homelessness in DC has increased in the District by more than 46% from 2008-2011. With this growing demand, there are now close to 500 children living in DC General- DC's largest shelter for families.

If the gap is not restored, half the shelter and transitional housing beds will be cut for men and women next spring; food, transportation, job training, outreach and other services will be cut, and no families will be placed in shelter except when it is freezing outside again next year.

This would be the second straight year that children and families in Washington DC, the Nation’s Capital, are being denied safe shelter from now until next winter. Where will these children go?

Fortunately, there are solutions: Housing Ends Homelessness. The District could start placing 250 families in long term affordable housing beginning on June 1 of this year with a commitment of zero additional funds for FY12 and a 4 million dollar investment in FY13.

Recent signatures


    1. DC Children & Families Made Their Voices Heard!

      Last Monday, nearly 60 families from the DC General Family Shelter took to the Wilson Building to demand funding for homeless services and affordable housing.

      More importantly, they made their voices heard! You can check out the video below

    2. Thank you for your support, translating into action this Thursday

      Thank you to everyone for your tremendous support of DC children and families so far! A coalition of concerned parents, residents, and advocates have been meeting with Councilmembers to make funding homeless services and affordable housing a priority.

      We wanted to share a brief update about how this petition will translate into action and invite you as a supporter! Sponsored by the Fair Budget Coalition, of which this organization is a member, there will be an action held this Thursday, May 10th from 10am-12pm: "A Day in the Strife: A Tour of Life on the Poverty Line."

      It will be held at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Please check out details below if interested and thank you again for your support!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rose Mary A. Neal POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      All children need to have some sense of security in their lives. A home is just that, a refuge from the outside world and all its hostility in today's economic crisis. Housing Ends Homelessness has the perfect solution. All the empty homes that are boarded up can be made livable for the children and their families for little money. For a small fee why not put the homes back on the tax rolls with a rent to buy offer?

    • Shaina Korman-Houston WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      As a DC resident I believe our city is strongest when we provide for ALL residents -- particularly those least able to provide for themselves.

    • Shannon Rozner SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I just tucked my child into a comfortable, safe bed. I want every parent to be able to say the same, every night.

    • L Jacob Fien-Helfman WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      $7M does not seem like a lot, except when you see the pain it averts, the dignity it bestows, the illness it avoids, the future it ensures for out homeless and hungry residents. It is an invesment in our future with an enormous ROI.

    • FeLisa D Jones WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I am an active volunteer for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and I am unemployed and only a few steps away from being homeless, myself!


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