The one percent
The Way Home Campaign calls for roughly one percent of the city budget to be applied toward “ending homelessness in D.C.” They organized a great march last month to get their point across.
What I am left wondering is, “Where were 1 percent of the homeless services provider staff, 1 percent of the people that want homelessness to go away from their neighborhood or 1 percent of the politicians running for office? (I did see Council Chairman hopeful Ed Lazere and my councilmember, Ward 1 incumbent Brianne Nadeau)
Uniting 175 marchers may seem like a lot, but it is dwarfed by the more than 7,000 people experiencing homelessness or the 700,000 people that now live here. We spend millions of dollars on countless programs, which employ many people, to ostensibly help our most-vulnerable neighbors. Maybe I should be asking, “Were these the only folks who really care?