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Council Votes on Mayor’s Proposed Budget – Great Outcome for Needy Families, the Poor and Marginalized.

 When the DC council unanimously approved the city’s budget they approved a plan developed collaboratively with Mayor Bowser to invest in homeless services, affordable housing and workforce development:

  • Capital funds that will support the replacement of DC General shelter.
  • Assistance for more than 450 families to leave shelter for transitional housing.
  • A Daytime Services Service Center for homeless individuals.
  • Housing for 365 individuals and 110 families who have significant disabling conditions.
  • Assistance for homeless pregnant/parenting teens under 18.
  • $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund to build and renovate affordable housing.
  • Income and employment assistance for one additional year for families aging out of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

By passing this budget unanimously elected officials have made a statement that all our neighbors are important members of our community.  This budget is more than a step forward.  It is a giant step, indeed a leap forward.  Now the challenge and difficult work of making it happen!


IN THE NEWS

Good Faith testified at two Committee hearings – Housing and Community Development (in support of Housing Production Trust Fund) and Health and Human Services (in support of the Interagency Council on Homeless Plan to End Homelessness and extension of the Temporary Assistance to End Homelessness program – TANF).  Read more…….

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments published the results of the 2015 Point in Time survey of regional homelessness.  Read summary.

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Biblical Roots of Justice – Foundation of the Journey for Justice an interfaith conversation on homelessness and the Journey for Justice for our neighbors who are without homes (10 minutes)