For multiple years Street Sense has hosted a community forum series designed to draw together service providers, vulnerable community members, government, business and housed community members to learn about and discuss solutions to homelessness.


Upcoming Forum:

The next community forum will take place in October 2017, check back by August 3rd, 2017 for the topic and exact date.


Past Forums:


Homeless Women’s Health: From Mental to Menstrual and all the Care In Between

June 3rd, 2017 | 1-3 pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW 20005

On a typical summer night in Washington D.C. there are around 1,200 women and families without shelter, and only 313 shelter beds in the city for women and girls. Women also suffer from a lack of basic healthcare access to meet their uniquely feminine needs. They often become homeless when fleeing domestic and sexual violence, only to find it common on the streets. Homeless women also have significant daily obstacles that include finding basic supplies for menstruation and incontinence, child care and family planning, mental health and addiction support, and disease screenings. This forum highlights the nearly insurmountable difficulties facing women experiencing homelessness in the nation’s capital.

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When Your Income Isn’t Enough: Bridging the Divide Between Homelessness & Affordable Housing

December 7, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW 20005

73% of DC residents earning below ~$15,000 experience severe housing cost burden (paying more than 50% of their income). BUT the definition of affordable housing is paying 30% of your income.

Join Street Sense & Local Organizations in Discussing a Solution


Out of the Closet, Out of a Home: A Forum on LGBTQ Homelessness

June 22, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
The Church of the Epiphany

Exploring the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness, what services exist for LGBTQ youth, and how the community can get involved.



Uncovering Criminalization of Homelessness

February 11th, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
The Church of the Epiphany

Exploring how laws criminalizing public encampments, food sharing, sitting on the sidewalk, and more make homeless living illegal and often impossible.


Family Homelessness in DC

April 21, 2015
Exploring the causes, programs/policies, hardships families face, and how to get involved in the solution surrounding family homelessness.

Jhervian Green

Health and Homelessness: Mental Health

January 27th, 2015
Exploring how mental health issues can be both a cause and result of homelessness.

Jhervian Green

Health and Homelessness: Physical Health

September 22, 2014
Exploring the negative health effects of homelessness.

Thank You to Our Forum Planning Committee!