In January 2017, the local nonprofit SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) launched its signature youth house, a 2-year, 12-bed transitional living program for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in the D. C. metropolitan area. This July, the organization received a contract to create a second house, which is set to open its doors before the summer ends.
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The NoMa Business Improvement District said in an “open letter” on its website that “conditions are worsening at the encampments in the underpasses and on First Street NE, and that people are worried about their ability to safely traverse these public spaces.”
Two Street Sense Media vendors and three local service provider and advocacy organizations respond.
For the fourth consecutive year, at least seven local newsrooms are joining us in a collaborative effort to investigate what is working and what is not working to reduce and prevent homelessness in our communities across the District.
The Direct Support Professional Payment Rate Act of 2019 is under review by D.C. Council. The legislation would increase wages for direct support professionals, a workforce that has seen high turnover due to pay in recent years.
Vendor Barron Hall reflects on the interaction between his spirituality and his experience as a person of color in America.
Vendor-Artist Baron Hall reflects on the history of the black struggle, and his relationship to it.
Artist/Vendor James Gartrell urges people to put a stop to harmful stereotypes about homelessness.
Empower DC held a meeting regarding DC’s comprehensive plan. With the final vote on the Framework Element coming in September, the group urged the DC Council to use the plan to fight racialized gentrification.
Artists/vendors Andre Brinson and Ken Martin share their experiences facing discrimination by private businesses and the general public.
Though the Michael A. Stoops Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act did not gain traction in 2017, it was reintroduced to DC Council earlier this year.
About 50 people testified at a public hearing last week in support of a bill that would increase wages for direct support professionals.
Vendor Jeffery McNeil shares his reflections on how his opinions regarding abortion while pro-life conflict with the current political climate.
Artist and vendor James Gartrell recounts experiences with hiring discrimination and urges for equality.
Artist and vendor Aida Perry reflects on being harassed while on the job.
Street Sense Media Executive Director Brian Carome alleges the DC behavioral health system, including its mental health court, has failed under the purview of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
A volunteer shares his poem questioning if people care about issues important to the homeless.
Artist and vendor Laticia Brock shares a poem about the criminalization of homelessness.
“We can be the government that ends homelessness,” said one councilmember.
Artist and vendor Chris Shaw shares a poem about World War I.
Vendor Ron “Pookanu” Dudley shares his views through a poem titled “Listen”