Our 2017 Lane Evans Home Court Fellows Reflect on their Experiences

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Events, Home Court, Homelessness, Justice, Law, Shelter | 0 comments

The fellowship is one of the many wonderful benefits of our partnership with Georgetown University Law Center on Home Court. The opportunity to form relationships with students each year as well as share in this important work is hugely important to the Legal Clinic. We – and most importantly, our clients – benefit greatly from their invaluable support.

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Thank You!

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Do More 24, Events, Fundraising, Justice, Non Profit | 0 comments

YOU DID MORE, so we can do more to bring justice to our neighbors who are homeless. Many thanks to everyone who donated and/or helped to spread the word about Do More 24. We were able to claim all $11,000 in matching funds, which gave us a grand total for Do More 24 of $23,980. That’s a lot of justice! We were among the top 10 organizations in terms of funds raised, out of 734 non-profits participating in the campaign. Thank you for believing in our work to: ensure clients are aware of their rights; provide access to justice; advocate for quality shelter and fair budgets; end the criminalization of homelessness; and preserve and expand affordable housing. Thank you for believing in a more just and inclusive...

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ICH Seeks Comments on Draft Five Year Plan to End Homelessness

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Advocates, Benefits, Clients, Criminalization, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Events, Homelessness, Housing, Hyperthermia, Hypothermia, Justice, Law, Non Profit, People, Poverty, Shelter, TANF, Wealth Gap | 1 comment

The DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) released its draft Five Year Plan to End Homelessness yesterday.  As stated in its executive summary, the purpose of the plan is to serve as a roadmap to transform DC’s homeless services system “into an effective cirisis responses system that is focused on preventing housing loss whenever possible and quickly stabilizing individuals and families that do become homeless to connect them back to permanent housing.”  You can find the draft and related appendices here. Over the next week, the ICH will be soliciting public comments on the draft plan, which it hopes to present as a final draft on March 31st. If you are interested in providing comments on the draft plan, you can do so in the following ways: In person, by attending  the public comment meeting on Wednesday,  March 18, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at N Street Village (1333 N Street NW), and/or In writing, by sending an email to Theresa Silla at theresa.silla@dc.gov by 9 am Monday, March 23rd.  (If providing specific comments or edits, the ICH asks that you reference the page or paragraph numbers in the draft plan). The ICH plans to integrate feedback from this public comment period into its final plan, so we encourage all of you to read the plan and attend the meeting on the 18th!...

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Empowered By Our Stories

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in Advocates, Budget Cuts, Clients, Criminalization, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Events, Homelessness, Housing, Hyperthermia, Hypothermia, Justice, Law, Non Profit, People, Poverty, Shelter, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

“Democracy is based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives.”  — The Vienna Declaration, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna  June 25, 1993 Spring is just around the corner, and the DC Council’s oversight and budget hearings for programs that serve homeless and other low income residents are in full swing. The hearings provide an opportunity for all DC residents to let their voices be heard by District leaders who will make important budgetary and policy decisions over the next few months that will directly affect their lives. We asked one of our friends and fellow advocates to share her thoughts on why participating in the local government process is meaningful to her. Nkechi Feaster has been an advocate and organizer on affordable housing and homelessness issues since 2012. She first became involved in advocacy when she and her son were residents of the DC General family shelter. She now works for a local non-profit and is dedicated to ensuring that the voices of those impacted by DC policies are heard loud and clear by District leaders. Here’s what Nkechi had to say: After serving on panels, testifying before City Council, meeting one on one with DC Councilmembers, and even telling my story to reporters, I discovered something: testifying is empowering. We in the low income/homeless communities are often stereotyped and thought of as only being too lazy to try hard enough to make it. However, that is not what landed most of us in our current situation. We fell, as many have, in life due to circumstances beyond our control. We got injured, we got laid off during a recession that hurt many, we lost family members who were helping us get to a better place and many other things that only mean that life happened to us. Telling our stories lets people know that we are deserving of a chance to not only become greater than our circumstances, but to live with dignity and our human rights intact. We all deserve equity in employment and housing in the least. Testifying helps us get our truth out there so that we can kill the stereotypes that are associated with our communities. There are a number of things that you begin to notice pretty early on when coming into the non-profit field. One of those things is that the community that you are fighting for doesn’t feel confident about fighting. There are numerous reasons for this: mistrust of government to do the right thing, mistrust of non-profits for the same reason, feeling that fighting the...

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