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.