We reflect on the fact that closing DC General was never the only, or even the most important, promise Mayor Bowser made to families experiencing homelessness. Only when all DC families have safe and secure housing will DC have ended family homelessness.
At this time of giving thanks, there is so much for which we are grateful. But we recognize that our bounty is not linked to the calendar, to be appreciated only in late November. Neither are the needs of those community members experiencing homelessness limited solely to the holidays, when we are more attuned to those who have no bounty. We thus commit to counting our many blessings throughout the year, and to do all that we can, whenever is necessary, to respond to our neighbors in need.
DC now has an opportunity to thoughtfully meet the real needs of small or nonprofit landlords while not subsidizing the business of eviction for larger, high profit landlords.
Join us Friday (8/31) to tell the Mayor that the health and lives of DC General families are worth more than whatever pressure is propelling the Mayor forward.
We’ve dropped off the first round of signatures (550 individuals, 30 orgs!) to the office of the Mayor. We’re collecting signatures through Monday, so please still sign on and spread the word!
We are asking you to take action TODAY to stop Mayor Bowser from knocking down a building that we know contained lead and asbestos until all the families living at DC General have moved out.