The annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness, a nationwide effort, found nearly 500 youth ages 18-24 to be homeless in the District while D.C.’s annual Homeless Youth Census reported approximately 1,300 youth in the same age range as homeless.
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.
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.
DHS and Capital Area Asset Builders have begun a city-wide flexible subsidy pilot program giving families the authority to decide how much to spend on household expenses each month.
Hundreds of D.C. tenants gathered on July 20 to elect a board for the first city-wide tenant union in years and share organizing strategies to preserve affordable housing.
Martha’s Table announced a new partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens’ Affairs to extend its Outfitters program to D.C.’s returning citizens. According to the CEO, Outfitters could serve as many as 4,000 new members through the partnership, a tremendous expansion from its current monthly membership of 1,200.
The subject of homeless encampments can be difficult to understand, and even more difficult to talk about. Homeless encampments affect not just the people who live in them but those who live around them. This article explores how this topic affects everyone.
Some Ward 1 residents say they have legitimate concerns about the construction of a new homeless shelter in their neighborhood.
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 next phase of the mayor’s plan to make homelessness “rare, brief, and non-recurring” is in the early stages of planning and will be released next year.
A formerly homeless woman argues that we should do something to help youth when they age out of foster case and may end up homeless.
A Street Sense Vendor experiencing homelessness expresses his love for his customers and daughter while showing anyone can help someone else.
Street Sense contributor Queenie Featherstone writes about the difference between being ‘homeless’ and ‘home less.’
Vender-artist Jeffery McNeil criticizes the left’s view that Trump supporters are racist.
A formerly homeless man responds to President Donald Trump’s remarks about Baltimore in this opinion piece.
The District has assigned a task force to make recommendations for how to restructure DC’s correctional system and replace dilapidated facilities.
Artist and vendor Rev. John Littlejohn discusses how the Bible approaches weariness.
In this poem, Robert Reed imagines what life would be like if he was not homeless.
Spero Ministries, a new initiative through Veritas City Church, will provide D.C. residents with job training and temporary employment.
Street Sense Media vendor and artist Laticia Brock writes to her late father.