An amendment was introduced to D.C. Council on July 11, 2017 that would make homelessness a protected class under Washington, D.C. human rights law. The bill was introduced under the name of famed homeless advocate Michael A. Stoops.
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In the first Heat Emergency of 2017, the D.C. government is better equipped to help the homeless population beat the heat than it was last year, but many experiencing homelessness are still unaware of the resources or unable to utilize them.
D.C. government evicted an encampment under the 2nd Street bridge in northwest Washington on June 20. This cleanup was followed by a second, informal eviction at a new encampment made up of many of the recently displaced tenants.
Advocates and representatives of the homeless population testified at a Committee on Human Services hearing and said that Bowser’s amendment could prevent certain people from receiving housing and shelter.
Programs through local YMCAs and YWCSs would offer stability to the homeless community as people look for jobs, Street Sense vendor Gwynette Smith writes.
Street Sense vendor Reginald Denny offers words of wisdom for those experiencing homelessness
One of our Vendors speaks about how she could manifest anything she aspired to in life just by thinking of it.
One of our Vendors talks about his experience when he was living outside and how people would taunt him because of it.
D.C. officials released the first-ever plan to decrease youth homelessness on May 22. The plan includes prevention and outreach efforts, increasing housing options and providing youth with mentors. The plan will provide shelter and a support systems for indivduals up to 24-years-old.
Reginald Black Talks about the many situations that the service center serve.
After nearly three decades of being homeless, Charles Davis finally has a place to call home and he’s doing well.
I have been homeless for the past four years, working with Street Sense and my faith in the Lord has kept me grounded.
The MLK Library in Downtown D.C. is closed for renovations. The closing closely impacted the homeless community who utilize the resources they provided.
An anonymous Street Sense author reflects on his time in a DC homeless shelter, and how he eventually found hope.
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and PFFC Downtown D.C. Public Restroom Committee held a March 20 forum to hear from the creator of the Portland Loo, a probable model for implementation of the bathroom bill Nadeau introduced in January.
At ICH pre-meeting, DC Department of Human Services owns communication breakdown between officials and homeless community during last-minute interim service plan implementation for MLK Library renovation years in the making.
Feature interview with legendary journalist Gay Talese, best known for defining the style of literary journalism. Talese touches on what the growing number of people experiencing homelessness says about our society, his endeavors to help panhandlers modernize their signs, and how he came to know his neighbors on the street in East Manhattan.
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness conducted the annual Point in Time homeless count on Jan. 25 on behalf of the District to estimate the number of homeless people in D.C. The data collected from the count is used by the city government to more accurately plan housing resources and other solutions for homelessness.
Demonstrators protested nuclear weapons, war, poverty and homelessness over inauguration weekend, camping out in Franklin Square Park alongside the park’s homeless residents.
Mayor Bowser and Obama administration officials spoke at the opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, which provides housing to homeless veterans in D.C. and includes other affordable units for low-income tenants.