Neighborhood Family Shelters
During the past few months the faith communities of Good Faith have begun to talk about families who are homeless in the District. The Mayor’s plan to make homelessness “a rare, brief and non-recurring experience” is encouraging. We know we can do better; this city can really make a difference in the lives of families who are poor and marginalized. Good Faith strongly supports the neighborhood shelter concept.
The plans and designs for neighborhood family shelters in each ward should be announced soon. To begin the conversation in congregations Good Faith has prepared 3 documents – use them creatively! They are intended to provide a beginning for discussion, to encourage conversation on this very important topic – neighborhood family shelters.
- Overview of neighborhood shelters – progress to date – what next for faith congregations.
- Homeward DC, Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – summary of initiatives planned by the city to address family homelessness. Read more.
- Developing comments, testimony or constituent letter on neighborhood family shelters.
Shelter Census – January 11, 2016: 998 families with 1815 children lived in shelter and transitional housing – an increase of more than 200 families with 300+ children from the previous month. 1461 individuals were in low barrier shelters on January 11, 2016, an increase of 157 from previous month.
Put the homeless hotline number in your phone: 800-535-7252. In hypothermia season (temperature below 32 degrees – Nov. 1 – March 31), the DC Department of Human Services provides shelter or blankets to individuals living on the street. If you see someone who needs help, alert DHS through the hotline. You may save someone’s life!
IN THE NEWS
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments published the results of the 2015 Point in Time survey of regional homelessness. Read summary.
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)